• BURN MEDIA
    • Memeburn
      Tech-savvy insight and analysis
    • Motorburn
      Because cars are gadgets
    • Ventureburn
      Startup news for emerging markets
    • Jobsburn
      Digital industry jobs for the anti 9 to 5!

All posts tagged "Vivo"

  • Vivo demos in-display fingerprint scanner at CES 2018

    It's the holy grail of mobile biometric authentication right now, and Chinese brand Vivo seems to have pulled it off first. At CES 2018, the company demonstrated an in-display fingerprint scanner, using a modified X20 Plus smartphone. The in-display fingerprint scanner sits below the glass cover and OLED panel of the smartphone screen, but above the phone's printed circuit board (PCB). "This latest fingerprint scanning technology delivers a whole new mobile experience by enabling users to unlock their smartphone through one-touch fingerprint scanning directly on the smartphone display, while solving the industry's challenge of providing a better and more convenient fingerprint...

  • Watch these 5 smartphone brands in 2018

    2017 was a year for tall screens and itsy bitsy borders, delivering high-end smartphones with a distinctive look compared to years prior. Apple, Samsung, LG and others got on this bandwagon, offering a host of other features as well. But what could we expect from these players next year? We look at a few mobile brands you should be watching in 2018. Apple Let's start with the juggernaut. The company enjoyed both a tick and a tock year, offering the otherwise safe iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (review) devices. But it was the iPhone X that really stood out, serving up that...

  • Chinese top dog Vivo to launch smartphones in Africa

    Vivo and Oppo are two of the most popular smartphone brands in China, going toe to toe with the likes of Huawei, Apple and Xiaomi. Vivo in particular has come from nowhere in the past year or two, quickly gobbling up marketshare thanks to some capable yet affordable phones. Now, the company has confirmed that it'll be conducting a dramatic expansion, targeting the likes of Russia and Hong Kong. "As part of its expansion into more markets, the company will soon bring their products to Taiwan, Singapore and Russia, as their first foray into the European market, followed by a push into the African...

  • Smartphone shipments: Xiaomi grew 52% but still finished sixth

    IHS Markit's smartphone shipment data for Q2 2017 has revealed plenty of growth in the industry, up 7% compared to a year ago. But who were the top performers? Data showed that Samsung, Apple and Huawei occupied the top three positions, growing by 3%, 2% and 20% respectively. Meanwhile, BBK's Oppo and Vivo brands filled out fourth and fifth spots, growing by 39% and 45% respectively. The analytics firm credited Oppo and Vivo's growth to the Chinese market, but the companies have spread to India in recent years. Xiaomi missed out on a top five spot by 0.7 million units, IHS Markit wrote...

  • Smartphone shipments: Samsung steals crown from Apple again

    Apple edged out Samsung in Q4 2016 smartphone shipments, according to statistics by the IDC. But now, the analytics firm's Q1 2017 stats show that Samsung is back on top. According to the IDC, Samsung saw its marketshare jump from 18% in Q4 2016 to 23.3% in Q1 2017 -- no doubt helped by the Galaxy S8 and its 2017 mid-range devices. Meanwhile, Apple, which traditionally enjoys a strong Q4 thanks to iPhone launches, dropped from 18.2% in Q4 to 14% in Q1 2017. Huawei and Vivo also saw slight drops in marketshare from Q4 2016 to Q1 2017. Huawei dropped from...

  • Qualcomm’s new fingerprint scanners can scan through display, underwater

    The story of 2017 was shaping up to be one of under-screen fingerprint scanners. All eyes were on Samsung to deliver the technology first, reducing the need for a dedicated fingerprint scanner space. Unfortunately, it wasn't to be with the Galaxy S8 (review), as the technology proved to be difficult to integrate. Now, Qualcomm has stepped up to the plate, announcing new fingerprint scanners in Shanghai this week. And yes, the chipmaker says it can be integrated into smartphone screens. "Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensor for Display is the mobile industry's first commercially announced multi-functional ultrasonic solution capable of scanning through OLED display...

  • 5 Asian mobile brands we’d like to see in SA

    Between Huawei's dominance on the continent and Xiaomi's in-roads via MIA Group, it's clear that Chinese smartphone brands are enjoying unprecedented success in Africa. South Africa has quite a few other Chinese brands too, such as Meizu and OnePlus, as well as a few that seem to be on the wall (ZTE, Oukitel). But there are definitely a few more Chinese and Asian brands in general we'd like to see in the country and on the continent at large. Honor Technically speaking, Honor is a sub-brand of Huawei, treated as an independent entity. Sort of like OnePlus being owned by Oppo but...

  • ‘We beat Apple in China because they didn’t adapt’

    Apple was beaten in China by Oppo and Vivo because they failed to adapt to the market, the founder of the two companies claimed. Duan Yongping, the founder of BBK, which is the parent company of both Oppo and Vivo, told Bloomberg that the Cupertino company didn't adapt to local trends. "Apple couldn't beat us in China because even they have flaws," the founder told the publication. "They're maybe too stubborn sometimes. They made a lot of great things, like their operating system, but we surpass them in other areas." Duan is still a fan of Apple and CEO Tim Cook, however. "I've met...

  • Huawei who? Apple what? Oppo tops China shipments in 2016

    It wasn't that long ago that Apple, Huawei and Xiaomi were duking it out for the number one spot in China. But the latest figures show that Oppo has surged to the top. The mobile brand has always had a strong presence in its home market, but the IDC's statistics for Q4 2016 show that it claimed 18.1% of the market. This translates to 24.5 million devices shipped. In fact, the IDC claims that this represents year-on-year growth of 109.2% for Oppo. Meanwhile, Huawei claims second place, with 16.9% marketshare -- equivalent to 22.9 million devices shipped. And in third place? Another local...

  • OnePlus, ASUS & Lenovo: 6 new smartphones that pack 6GB of RAM

    Thought 3GB of RAM was a ridiculous amount? Then you might not want to hear that 6GB of RAM is actually a thing this year. Believe it or not, but these handsets are out in the wild already. What would you do with this much memory though? Who knows, but here are a few phones that deliver in this regard. OnePlus 3 The most recent entry on the list, the follow-up to last year's disappointing OnePlus 2 is looking like a very capable smartphone. There's a Snapdragon 820 processor, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, so you shouldn't be wont for more horsepower then. Otherwise,...