Thursday , 25 April 2019

Huawei stands second as worldwide smartphone vendor

Prajyot Mainkar

According to research data from the International Data Corporation (IDC), smartphone vendors have clocked a total shipment of 342 million units in Q2 2018. Huawei has overtaken Apple to be the second biggest smartphone vendor worldwide, with Samsung topping the table. Samsung has 71.5 million 2Q 18 shipments with a market share of 20.9 per cent. There is a drop of 2 per cent compared to its last stand around the same time. Huawei has shipped 54.2 million phones with a market share of 15.8 per cent. Last year around Q2 17, Huawei shipped 38.5 million smartphones and had a market share of 11 per cent. Apple stands third with a share of 12.1 per cent having shipped 41.3 million devices. Last year in Q2 17, Apple had a share of 11.8 per cent with 41 million devices shipped. This list is followed by Xiaomi and Oppo at position four and five respectively.

In the tablet segment, Apple leads the chart with a total of 11.5 million units shipped in 2Q 18 with a market share of 34.9 per cent. Samsung is in second position with five million shipments having a market share of 15.1 per cent. Last year, Samsung had a share of 15.6 per cent with global shipment of six million units. Huawei stands third with 3.4 million units shipped and a market share of 10.3 per cent. It had a 8.2 per cent share last year in 2Q 17, with a total shipment of 3.1 million.

Infinix has launched Smart 2 which is the company’s latest budget smartphone in the ‘Smart Series’ in India. The phone features 5.45-inch HD+ display and is powered by a MediaTek MT6739 processor coupled with 3GB RAM. It has a resolution of 720 pixels x 1440 pixels. The phone runs on Android v8.1 Oreo edition with XOS v3.3v on top. One of the key features of this phone is the face unlock capability that can unlock your phone in around 0.3 seconds. However, this phone lacks a fingerprint sensor. This phone comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with dual LED flash. The device also features dedicated dual SIM slots and a microSD card slot. Network capabilities include Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1, and GPS. On the GPU side it features PowerVR Rogue (GE8100) GPU. Smart 2 comes with 2GB RAM with 16GB storage, there is also another variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. The phone has a 3050mAh battery. Infinix Smart 2 is available in sandstone black, serene gold, Bordeaux red and city blue colour options. The 2GB model costs `5,999 whereas 3GB model costs `6,999. This phone is Flipkart exclusive and will be on sale from August 10.

Moto X3 features a 6-inch Full HD+ super AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It has a resolution of 1080 pixels x 2160 pixels. Powered by a 2.45GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform coupled with Adreno 540 GPU, the phone runs on Android v8.1 Oreo. It packs 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage which can be expanded up to 2TB using microSD support. On the optics side, it features a 12-megapixel dual rear camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera featuring screen flash. This phone comes with water repellent nano-coating and side-mounted fingerprint sensor. Its network features include 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth v5 LE, GPS, NFC and USB Type-C. Moto Z3 comes with a 3000mAh battery and turbocharging. It is available in ceramic black and is priced around USD 480. It will be exclusive to Verizon from August 16.

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has launched one of the most awaited features – Group call. This update is available on both Android as well as iOS which enable users to make group calls for voice and video. You can make a group call with up to four people. Upon starting the one-on-one voice or video call one will see a button on top right corner called ‘Add Participant’. Using this option one can add the participant you want in the conversation. During a group voice call, one will not be able to switch the call to a video call. The calls are end-to-end encrypted just like the WhatsApp messages.

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