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All posts tagged "Xiaomi"

  • The Xiaomi Mi 9 could be 2019’s most beautiful smartphone

    The Xiaomi Mi 9 was only supposed to be unveiled next week, incidentally on the same day as Samsung's Unpacked event. But not to be outdone by its Korean rival, the Chinese brand's SVP Wang Xiang posted a few teaser snaps to Twitter. Long story short: the Xiaomi Mi 9 will be anything but boring visually. https://twitter.com/XiangW_/status/1095978888902017026 There will seemingly be three cameras at the rear, with one on the far right clearly highlighted by a colourful ring. There is a flash present, so it's not clear if this is simply a design cue or a piece of tech yet to be unveiled. The...

  • Samsung leads the chip-buying war, but China’s firms are quickly gaining

    Samsung retained the title of top semiconductor buyer for 2018, according to a report by Gartner. The South Korean tech firm spent $43.4-billion on silicon throughout last year, up from $40.4-billion in 2017. Notably, that is a growth rate of 7.5% -- the lowest of the world's top ten. In second place, Apple spent more than $41-billion on chips, claiming 8.8% of the global market share. But the real conversation starter is the rise of Chinese companies. Huawei claimed third position ahead of Dell, spending $21.1-billion on semiconductors in 2018. That's a growth rate of 45.2% over the previous year, Gartner notes. Lenovo,...

  • Smartphone shipments tank by 14% in China, Huawei leads

    Smartphone shipments in China have slowed for a second consecutive year, research firm Canalys revealed in a report. In total, smartphone shipments in China have declined by 18% since 2016, with a little under 400-million devices shipped in 2018. It declined by 14% alone in 2018, despite the rise of Huawei and Vivo's market share. Image: Canalys In fact, Huawei ranked number one for shipment sales in the country with a 16% increase, while Vivo grew by 9%. Other smartphone manufacturers, namely Oppo, Xiaomi and Apple, all saw decreased shipments. Canalys's Mo Jia said that the reason for Huawei's dominance is that it "penetrated the...

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 7: teardrop notch, 48MP rear camera for $150

    Just like Honor is a sub-brand to Huawei, Xiaomi's Redmi is now operated independently. And the new brand's first big move is the newly announced Redmi Note 7. The phone shares a number of traits with the early 2019 smartphones we've seen thus far: a large rear camera sensor, a large teardrop-notch screen, and a fairly modest price. To put some numbers to these, there's a 48MP snapper -- the sensor's made by Sony, not Samsung this time around -- alongside a 5MP sensor at the rear for depth info. Up front, the phone's teardrop notch is top and centre of the...

  • These smartphone makers are launching 5G phones in 2019

    Brace yourselves, 5G is set to become as annoying marketing jargon in 2019 as waterdrop notches, AI, and foldable displays are already. But that doesn't mean the tech is DOA. 5G has intrinsic value for consumers, arriving with faster speeds and better call quality among other benefits. But which companies are focusing on the next generation mobile tech? Here are a handful that have announced their intentions to launch a device with 5G capabilities in 2019. OnePlus You're not getting the headphone jack back, OP fans, but OnePlus is planning to launch a phone with 5G support in 2019. According to a report by...

  • Huawei’s quickly closing the global phone sales gap to Samsung

    Huawei, Xiaomi and Oppo -- the big three Chinese smartphone makers -- just can't stop selling devices. This according to global sales data from Gartner. The research firm, in its Q3 2018 smartphone sales report, revealed that the trio helped push global smartphone sales to beyond 389-million units. While Samsung remained the world's biggest smartphone seller, pushing 73.3-million units in the quarter, its overall market share fell by 3.4% year-on-year. Huawei saw substantial growth, from owning 9.5% of the global market share in Q3 2017 to 13.4% in Q2 2018. It sold more than 15-million more units during this period than last. "The...

  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 features no notch, tiny bezels, and a sliding selfie camera

    In a busy week for smartphone lovers, Xiaomi may have just introduced the highlight. The Mi Mix 3 is now official, and is possibly one of the more classically beautiful phones of 2018. If you dislike the notch, you'll love the Chinese company's thin top and bottom bezels. Because of the lack of real estate above or below the screen, the selfie camera duo -- a 24MP snapper and a 2MP depth sensor -- is located on a sled behind the screen. But it doesn't use a motor like the Oppo Find X. "Once the screen is pushed down, the magnetic mechanism...

  • Watch JerryRigEverything mildly destroy a shiny new Pocophone F1

    I guess someone has to do it, right? The Pocophone F1 is a remarkable device. Beneath its US$300 skin lies the same chipset you find in the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Sony Xperia XZ3, devices three times more expensive than it. But with that price reduction comes some sacrifices. JerryRigEverything, the reason why we can't have nice things, took his usual bevy of "surgical" instruments to the Pocophone F1, to see just how durable Xiaomi's latest flagship killer is. The answer? Quite. The body is decidedly polycarbonate and easy to cut into, but the glass up front should resist keys and wayward...

  • Huawei’s phones are now more popular than Apple’s

    Huawei now sells more smartphones globally than Apple, this according to data released by research firm Gartner. The firm's Q2 2018 reports suggests that the Chinese manufacturer sold in excess of 49-million devices within the quarter, around 13.3% of total market share. For Huawei, that's a gain or more than 13-million units year-over-year. Apple in comparison sold 44.7-million units, just over 400 000 more than the same quarter last year. Samsung remains the biggest selling smartphone manufacturer with 72.3-million units. Notably, that's a drop of some 10-million year-over-year. The Chinese onslaught continues further down the table. Xiaomi cements its place in fourth position, reclaiming it...

  • This is the Xiaomi Poco F1, a flagship-spec phone at a basement price

    In a world where flagship smartphones rocking the quickest Fortnite-supporting chipsets can cost in excess of R20 000, Xiaomi has this week launched a device for a little over R4300 (directly converted from Rupees). Introducing the Chinese company's latest brand and device: the Pocophone F1. Now, Poco isn't the strongest name to lead the line of new, affordable but stupidly quick devices, but at that price, anything will do. The F1 launched in India earlier this week and will sell there for Rs. 20 999 -- less than a quarter of the price of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and iPhone X. Best...