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Galaxy and S9 helped Samsung top the Q1 of 2018, Apple came third

The iPhone-maker had a weak start in India as demand for its iPhone 8 and X series declined sequentially in India, said the report

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The Samsung device will sport dual camera system (12MP+12MP) with dual optical image stabilisation (OIS) at the rear -- with 2 times more powerful optical zoom and up to 10 times powerful digital zoom -- and an 8MP front shooter. Wikimedia Commons
The Samsung device will sport dual camera system (12MP+12MP) with dual optical image stabilisation (OIS) at the rear -- with 2 times more powerful optical zoom and up to 10 times powerful digital zoom -- and an 8MP front shooter. Wikimedia Commons

Riding on the success of its flagship devices like Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy A8+ and the newly-launched S9 and S9+, Samsung climbed back to the top in the premium smartphone segment in India with over 50 per cent market share in the first quarter of 2018, a new report said on Friday.

Samsung captured half of the premium segment with 16 per cent Year-on-Year (YoY) growth driven by flagships S9, S9+, Note 8 and “online exclusive” Galaxy A8+.

OnePlus remained at the second position with 25 per cent market share and Apple at the third spot with 20 per cent in the premium smartphone category, said market research firm Counterpoint Research.

Samsung brought Galaxy S9 and S9+ to the country on March 16.
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Samsung, OnePlus and Apple contributed to 95 per cent of the overall premium smartphone segment.

“Galaxy S9 series promotions were strong both in offline and online channels with offers ranging from cashback, exchange, upgrade and data bundling plans across all major operators,” said the report.

Samsung brought Galaxy S9 and S9+ to the country on March 16.

In the fourth quarter of 2017, Apple led with a 46.9 per cent share of the premium segment, while OnePlus and Samsung trailed with 24.9 per cent and 17.6 per cent respectively.

The iPhone-maker had a weak start in India as demand for its iPhone 8 and X series declined sequentially in India, said the report.

“Additionally, the Cupertino-based giant had to battle rising import tariffs due to lack of ‘Make In India’ domestic manufacturing capabilities for its portfolio,” the report added.

The import tariffs have increased thrice in the past five months, leading to an increase in the price of already expensive iPhones in India during the quarter.

Apple’s share in the premium segment fell as the volumes dipped by a massive 55 per cent due to decline in shipments for its iPhone 8 and X series.

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The increase in import duty on CBUs to 20 per cent during the quarter, led to increase in prices of already expensive iPhones.

OnePlus was the fastest growing brand (over 192 per cent) in the segment.

“OnePlus has been maintaining its second spot in the premium segment which it is has been holding since Q3 2017. OnePlus 5T was the best-selling model during the quarter, driven by its limited edition variant launch and expansion in the offline segment,” Counterpoint said.

The premium smartphone segment remained flat (YoY) but declined 13 per cent sequentially due to drop in promotions post festive Q4 2017. (IANS)

 

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Access 300 Magazines on Apple News+ For $9.99 a Month

The company also announced Apple Card designed for iPhones

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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA

Apple on Monday launched an all-new service called Apple News+ where users can read latest issues of 300 magazines in categories like entertainment, politics, lifestyle, health and travel etc.

Newspapers like the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and Canada’s The Star will also arrive on Apple News+.

Apple News+ will be available for $9.99 per month across Apple devices, starting with the US and Canada and the first month’s subscription will be free.

“The idea is to harness the power of journalism and its cultural impact. It is a great opportunity for publishers,” Apple CEO Tim Cook told the audience at the Steve Jobs theater at its Cupertino campus.

Apple won’t allow advertisers to track you so it is private and secure, he added.

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

Cook said the Apple Pay feature will cross 10 billion transactions in 2019.

The company also announced Apple Card designed for iPhones.

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The users can sign up for Apple Card and start using it via Wallet. Goldman Sach is the issuing authority for Apple Card that will be acceptable all over the world.

“Goldman Sach will not sell your data to third parties,” said the company. (IANS)