Smartphone production hits all time low in last 5 years, claims report

Smartphone production hits all time low in last 5 years, claims report

Smartphone production hits all time low in last 5 years, claims report

Global smartphone production for the first quarter for 2020 has fallen to its lowest in five years, as per the latest report by TrendForce. As per the report, smartphone production has dipped by 10% year-over-year to around 280 million units.

The report is citing pandemic-induced disruptions — such as delayed work resumption and labour and material shortages — across the supply chain as the reason for this dip.

“The pandemic is now making its effects felt on the demand side of the smartphone market by tanking major economies worldwide,” TrendForce said.

In this quarter, as per TrendForce report, South Korean tech giant Samsung ranked first with a total market share of 23.3%. The company faces increasing pressure from Chinese brands, suggests the report. “Most of Samsung’s smartphone assembly lines are located in Vietnam and India, and the company possesses about only 2% of the market share for smartphones in China. Its production was thus not significantly affected by issues related to the disease during the initial phase of the outbreak in China.” The company produced 65.3 million units in the first quarter of 2020 dropping it by 9.9% year-over-year.

At the second position is Huawei with a 16.4% market share. The report says that the demand of the brand in its primary market of China has started improving. “With the support of domestic demand, Huawei’s smartphone production for 1Q20 came to 46 million units, in line with TrendForce’s earlier projection. If China’s economy continues to improve, Huawei’s production for 2Q20 may register a QoQ growth and reach approximately 48 million units.”

At the third position is Apple with a 13.5% market share in the first quarter of 2020. As per the report, iPhone production fell to 37.9 million dropping by 8.7% year-over-year due to labour and material shortages following the post-Lunar New Year work resumption, says TrendForce. “As the company releases the new iPhone SE with a consumer-friendly price tag in 2Q20, quarterly iPhone production is expected to stay relatively close to 1Q20 figures, reaching 36 million units,” says the report.

The next three spots are Chinese smartphone brands — Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo — with 8.8%, 8.6% and 8.2% market share respectively.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 launched: Price, specs and more - Latest News

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 launched: Price, specs and more – Latest News

Xiaomi under its Redmi brand has launched the new Redmi Note 9 smartphone with quad camera setup and a big battery. The Redmi Note 9 comes after the launch of Redmi Note 9 Pro, Pro Max and 9s. The new Redmi Note 9 starts a price of $199 (around Rs 15,000) for the 3GB RAM/ 64GB storage option. There is another option with 4GB of RAM and 128GB storage at $249 or around Rs 19000. Colour options include White, Green and Grey.

As far as specifications are concerned, the Redmi Note 9 runs an octa-core MediaTek G85 processor with support for up to 128GB internal storage. The device flaunts a 6.53-inch display with Full HD+ resolution and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

The quad camera setup consists of a 48MP primary sensor with F1.79 aperture along with 8MP+2MP+2MP secondary sensors. On the front, there is a 13MP selfie camera.

The device is backed by a 5,020mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. The device supports Bluetooth, USB Type-C, NFC support and comes with a fingerprint sensor at the back.

Meanwhile, The Redmi Note 9 Pro features a 6.67-inch full HD+ display with 1080×2400 pixel resolution. The handset is said to come with a coating of triple Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back. Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro runs on Android 10 operating system topped with the company’s own layer of MIUI.

The device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor and packs up to 128GB internal storage. Users can further expand the storage by adding a microSD card. On the camera front, users will get a 64MP main sensor, 8MP wide-angle lens, 5MP macro lens, and 2MP depth sensor. At the front, the smartphone offers a 32MP in-display camera for selfies. Redmi Note 9 Pro comes in three colour options — Aurora Blue Glacier White and Interstellar Black. The handset is backed by a 5020mAh battery with 18watt fast charger.

Redmi Note 9 India launch: Redmi Note 9 smartphone expected to launch in India soon - Latest News

Redmi Note 9 India launch: Redmi Note 9 smartphone expected to launch in India soon – Latest News

NEW DELHI: Recently, a Redmi smartphone —
Redmi 10X received TENNA certification in China. The smartphone was initially expected to launch as Redmi Note 9 in China. Now, it seems that Xiaomi might launch the same smartphone in India.

A new Redmi smartphone with model number M2003J15SI has received BIS certification. This is the same model number used for Redmi 10X which appeared in the TENNA listing. So, this means that the Chinese smartphone maker might soon launch the Redmi Note 9 in India. The same smartphone will be launched in the European market on April 30.

Redmi Note 9 expected specifications

Redmi Note 9 is said to come with a 6.53-inch full HD+ display with 1080×2340 pixel resolution. The display will be protected with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass on top. The smartphone is expected to be powered by a MediaTek Helio G85 processor.

The Redmi Note 9 is expected to pack 4GB/6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB internal storage. The smartphone is also said to support a microSD card of up to 512GB. It is expected to run Android 10 operating system topped with the company’s own layer of customisation MIUI 11.

Like all the other Xiaomi devices this one will also come with dual SIM functionality and will also sport fingerprint and infrared sensor.

The Redmi Note 9 is said to sport a quad-camera setup with 48MP main sensor, 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, 2MP macro lens, and 2MP depth sensor. The front will house a 13MP selfie camera. The smartphone is said to house 5020mAh battery and Dual 4G, VoLTE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5, GPS, and USB Type C as connectivity options. It will come in three colour options — White, Green, and Sky Blue. The smartphone will come with a starting price tag of 999 yuan (Rs 10,750)

smartphone brands: 5 biggest smartphone brands in India

smartphone brands: 5 biggest smartphone brands in India

The Indian smartphone market has seen a rise of 12% in shipments in the first quarter of 2020, according to the latest report by market analyst firm Canalys. The shipments reached 33.5 million units in this quarter, claims the report, despite the lockdown imposed in the last week of March.

As per the report, Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi led the Indian smartphone market with a 30.6% market share at the end of first quarter of 2020 with 10.3 million shipments.

This was followed by BBK-owned smartphone brand Vivo that witnessed an annual growth of 48.9%. The company recorded a 19.9% market share and shipped 6.7 million units in India in Q1 2020.

At the third spot was South Korean tech giant Samsung that shipped 6.3 million units in India in Q1 2020 and secured a 18.9% market share.

At the fourth and fifth position are two more BBK-owned brands — Realme and Oppo — with 11.7% and 10.4% market share respectively. While Realme witnessed 200% market share, Oppo saw a 22.4% market share respectively.

Predicting the future of the Indian smartphone market in Q2, 2020, Canalys report says that the shipments in India are likely to plunge “as the lockdown remains in force up to May 3 and vendors grapple with both supply- and demand-side issues in the immediate future.”

“All eyes are glued to the
TV sets in hopes of returning to normal,” said Canalys analyst Madhumita Chaudhary. “While parts of India emerge out of the lockdown and the government works out an exit strategy, worker availability, which depends heavily on opening state borders and allowing public transport, will be a key issue for vendors and ODMs. Additional manpower regulations due to Covid-19, like in China, is likely to slow down resumption activities in factories across India, directly impacting production capacity. Consumer demand, however, is likely to be more robust. Online channels are likely to emerge the winners as public fear of the virus deters consumers from buying offline.”

xiaomi miui 12: Xiaomi launches MIUI 12: Eligible smartphones, features and more

xiaomi miui 12: Xiaomi launches MIUI 12: Eligible smartphones, features and more

Chinese smartphone brand Xiaomi has unveiled its latest custom UI — MIUI 12 — in China, where the company also launched the Mi 10 Youth Edition smartphone.

According to a report by GizmoChina, the latest MIUI 12 will start rolling out today to select users via OTA. Xiaomi has also announced the list of devices that are set to receive the update for MIUI 12, which as per the report will happen in three waves. The following handsets are set to receive the update in China in this order and it is possible that the order is different for global models:

First Wave
Xiaomi Mi 10

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro

Xiaomi Mi 10 Youth Edition

Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G

Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer Edition

Xiaomi Mi 9

Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition

Redmi K30 Pro

Redmi K30 5G

Redmi K30

Redmi K20 Pro Premium Edition

Redmi K20 Pro

Redmi K20

Second Wave
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S

Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro

Xiaomi Mi CC9

Xiaomi Mi CC9 Meitu Edition

Xiaomi Mi 9 SE

Xiaomi Mi 8 Screen Fingerprint Edition

Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition

Xiaomi Mi 8

Redmi Note 8 Pro

Redmi Note 7 Pro

Redmi Note 7

Third Wave
Xiaomi Mi CC9e

Xiaomi Mi Note 3

Xiaomi Mi Max 3

Xiaomi Mi 8 Youth Edition

Xiaomi Mi 8 SE

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

Xiaomi Mi 6X

Redmi Note 8

Redmi 8

Redmi 8A

Redmi 7

Redmi 7A

Redmi 6 Pro

Redmi 6

Redmi 6A

Redmi Note 5

Redmi S2

As per the report, the MIUI 12 comes with a new framework called ‘MIUI Light Cone Motion Effect Architecture’. Also, comes with an improved Dark Mode 2.0 that shifts wallpaper from bright to dim in sync with the daylight. Also, Xiaomi is improving the animations by making them smoother. It also offers a ‘Super Wallpaper’ that shows Earth and Mars and gives an option to see a live wallpaper.

In terms of privacy, MIUI 12 comes with Android 10’s feature that notifies when an app is accessing location, mic or camera. Also, it offers a ‘sign-in with Xiaomi’ feature to offer blank data to the apps in MIUI 12. The update also comes with a dedicated health app that runs in the background to record activities like walking, climbing stairs, etc — with just 1% battery consumption in the day.