While 2018 wasn’t the best year for smartphone with a growth of just 0.1%, Xiaomi seems to be doing quite well compared to the competition. Yesterday the company released its yearly earnings report and the numbers show a steady increase in all sectors, most notably a 52.6% year-to-year increase in revenue reaching 174.9 billion yuan ($26.06 billion). International revenues grew by a whopping 118.1% year-to-year reaching 70 billion yuan ($10.43 billion) or 40% of total revenue.
Xiaomi sales figures
In 2018, Xiaomi continued to shine – even in the face of fierce competition from domestic and international peers – thanks to our unique and powerful “triathlon” business model. – Lei Jun
According to Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun, the company’s success revolved around its business model of developing the three key categories namely hardware, internet, and now retail. Essentially the model splits hardware with its phones and smart devices, software alongside its internet services and last but not least a retail chain to sell its products.
Xiaomi has dominated the Indian market, where it holds a 30% market share and saw a staggering 415.2% increase in smartphone shipments to Western Europe.
Other sectors of Xioami’s portfolio such as the IoT and lifestyle products continued to grow, amassing to 43.8 billion yuan ($6.53). Internet services grew by 61.2 % compared to 2017, reaching 16 billion yuan ($2.38 billion).
Apart from impressive numbers across the board, these figures showcase Xiaomi’s intent to focus on providing a whole ecosystem of hardware and software while expanding its lineup outside of China to areas such as the traditionally strong Indian market as well as Indonesia and Western Europe.
Press renders of the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro have already leaked online revealing their design. But now we are looking at the official cases of these smartphones that have been listed on a UK retailer’s website confirming some of the phones’ design aspects.
The cases for both these smartphones confirm that they will have a multi-camera setup on their back placed vertically in the left corner. The cases for the Pro variant also confirm that this smartphone will feature four rear cameras as opposed to three on the vanilla P30.
P30 (with cut-out for headphone jack) • P30 Pro (without cut-out for headphone jack)
These cases further confirm the placement of volume rocker and power button on the right side of the P30 duo, but apart from that, they don’t reveal anything new.
Huawei will announce the P30 and P30 Pro next week on March 26 at an event in Paris. Detailed specs of the duo leaked last week which you can check out below.
Model Huawei P30 Huawei P30 Pro CPU Kirin 980 Kirin 980 RAM 6 GB 8 GB Operating System EMUI 9.1 based on Android Pie EMUI 9.1 based on Android Pie Display 6.1-inch Full-HD + (2340 x 1080 pixels) OLED display 6.47-inch Full-HD + (2340 x 1080 pixels) OLED display Rear Camera 40 MP (f/1.8) + 16 MP (wide-angle, f/2.2) + 8 MP (telephoto, f/2.4) 40 MP (OIS, f/1.6) + 20 (wide-angle, f/2.2) + 8 MP (f/3.4) with 10x Hybrid Zoom + ToF Front Camera 32 MP 32 MP Internal Storage 128 GB 128/256/512 GB External Storage Expandable via NM card Expandable via NM card Other USB Type-C, NFC, In-display Fingerprint Scanner, IP68 dust and water resistance USB Type-C, NFC, In-display Fingerprint Scanner, IP68 dust and water resistance Colors Black, Twilight, Aurora Blue Black, Twilight, Aurora Blue, Sunrise Red Battery 3,650 mAh with Huawei SuperCharge fast charging 4,200 mAh with Huawei SuperCharge fast charging
The P30 is reportedly priced starting at €750 whereas the Pro variant is said to start at €930 and go all the way up to €1,030.
Redmi 7debuted on Monday in China and today it already began its global rollout. The official Facebook page of the Ukrainian division announced the phone is available for online pre-order at partner retailers and offline purchase at the official Mi Store. Currently the price of the 2/16 GB variant starts from UAH3,999 or $147/€130.
Mi Ukraine official Facebook post
Redmi 7 comes with a 6.26” HD+ screen and Snapdragon 632 chipset. The dual camera on the back is 12 MP + 2 MP, while the battery is 4,000 mAh, but charges at standard 10W rates. It was announced with three memory combinations, however only two are currently available in Ukraine – 2/16 GB and 4/64 GB, the latter costing UAH4,999 ($185/€162).
Xiaomi Ukraine has over 60 stores across the European country, most of them part of the Allo network. Although the Redmi 7 is already available for purchase, the Redmi Note 7 is two months older and is yet to hit the market – an event is scheduled for March 25 in the capital Kyiv.
Two days ago, the Motorola One Vision was spotted on Geekbench with Exynos 9610 SoC, 6GB RAM, and Android Pie. Previous rumors pointed at it being called the Motorola P40, but this is likely a case of Chinese and global versions of the same phone. Now, the latest information that has surfaced aligns with those rumors while also revealing more details about this unannounced Motorola smartphone.
According to the information received by XDA-Developers the Motorola One Vision, codenamed “Robusta2”, will be powered by Exynos 9610 SoC. The smartphone will come with 3GB and 4GB RAM options, while storage will be either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB.
As evident from its name, the One Vision will be an Android One smartphone and will thus launch with a stock version of Android Pie. It will also likely get version updates till Android R.
The Motorola One Vision will come with a 21:9 display having a resolution of 2520 x 1080 pixels. XDA‘s source didn’t reveal the size of the display, but thanks to previously leaked renders of P40 and the fact that One Vision is expected to launch as P40 in China, we expect a 6.2-inch screen.
The One Vision will feature a dual camera setup at the back with the main sensor being one of those 48MP Quad-bayer units, which will capture 12MP photos. Motorola is also working on camera features called “Long Exposure” and “Video 3D HDR” for this smartphone. The former will likely help you take better photos in low-light conditions, but we don’t know what the latter will do.
The One Vision will have a 3,500 mAh battery under the hood and will be offered in at least two colors – Blue and Gold. The smartphone will be sold in international markets including Latin America, India, and Brazil, and it will hit the Chinese market under the P40 moniker.
There’s also a second Motorola smartphone powered by Exynos 9610 which is code-named “Troika”. It’s reported to have the same RAM and storage options and is expected to be sold in the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe, Latin America, India, and China. We expect to hear more about it soon.
Xiaomi officials introduced the Redmi Note 7 on January 10 and later the brand president said his team will push 1 million phones in its first month of sales. After reaching the milestone on domestic soil, the phone eventually rolled to India and Europe, and now it is aiming to reach 4 million sales by the end of March.
Lei Jun, the Xiaomi CEO, posted the forecast on Weibo, which was part of the annual results conference of the company. Doing the quick math, it appears Redmi is selling 50,000 Note 7 smartphones every single day. Industry officials compare the success with the Honor 8X story where it shipped 10 million devices globally, making it one of the most remarkable campaigns for a midranger.
The 4 million milestone was likely reached by adding the Redmi Note 7 Pro numbers, but that’s still an impressive achievement. The total number for the new Redmi series is likely to grow even more with the arrival of Redmi 7 which will hit the market for its first flash sale in six days.
Samsung rolled out Android Pie for Galaxy A8+ (2018) over a week ago, however, the update was only rolling out in Russia. The company usually uses a single market as a sort of expanded soak test, before it begins global rollout. It seems all has gone smoothly as India has now also started receiving this latest version of Android.
The Android Pie update for Galaxy A8+ (2018) comes with One UI and weighs more than 1.2GB in size. It carries version number A730FXXU4CSCD and bumps up the Android security patch level on the phone to February 1, 2019.
With Android Pie released in Russia and India, a wider rollout should commence any moment now so keep an eye on that notification area.
It looks like the online shopping space will be getting more crowded as Instagram is moving in with its new Checkout feature in the US. You will now be able to buy products directly from brand posts without leaving the app.
Prior to the Checkout, you would be redirected to the brand’s website to complete the purchase. The new feature simplifies the process to simply clicking on the item post, selecting details such as sizing and finally placing the order. Checkout-eligible posts will now feature a large blue “Checkout on Instagram” button.
Once you make your first purchase you will be prompted to store your credit card details in Instagram for seamless, one-click shopping in the future. This data will not be shared with other Facebook-related apps. Instagram will also conveniently send out shipment and delivery notifications inside the app after the purchase is complete.
Instagram Checkout process
As of today, some 20 of the most popular clothing and cosmetics brands are featured with more coming soon. Interestingly, the first batch of brands to be featured were selected based on their popularity in terms of followers and prior shopping performance. Instagram will also take an undisclosed fee from product sales.
In a blog post, the Instagram Business team revealed that Checkout is only the start of a “long-term investment in shopping” and that more shopping features will be introduced this year.
The move makes a lot of sense for Instagram as a reported 130 million users are already viewing shopping posts and buying products they see on the app. The new feature could also be seen as a beta test before it eventually makes its way to the rest of the Facebook app lineup.
Google Inbox was supposed to be the future of Gmail. It offered more advanced filtering, snoozing of messages, and more visual organization to the Gmail inbox. As of lately, Inbox users knew that the app was going kaput, but it wasn’t until recently that users are now seeing a more specific shutdown date.
If you head to the Inbox landing page: Google.com/inbox, you’ll be greeted with a message that says “Inbox is signing off”. Find your favorite features in the new Gmail.” Google is going to shut down Inbox at the end of March, and a countdown from the Inbox app ends on April 2. We see the following message when logging into Inbox on a desktop.
Although Google did implement some of Inbox’s features into Gmail, it hasn’t brought all of them. Many loyal Inbox users will be upset to learn that some of the more specific features like inline highlighting of actionable links, the option to save links within Inbox, or the ability to archive groups of emails aren’t in Gmail.
There is another email client that might gain an enormous amount of users in the next month or so. An iOS-only email client named Spark is going to launch for Android right around the time that Google is set to retire Inbox. This according to the tweets it has been replying to Inbox users on Twitter. Perhaps Spark will be able to fill a void that will be left by Inbox.
More than a month before its US launch, a hands-on video of the Samsung Galaxy Fold surfaced online showing the smartphone being used by someone other than a Samsung presenter. A 2-minute clip originating from Vietnam shows the device functioning in both its folded and unfolded form. One striking detail is the obvious crease in the middle of the larger 7.3″ display and it remains to be seen if that will be present on the final phone or not.
Weight distribution seems to be solid as the user managed to fold the phone with just one hand while it was lying flat on a table. From the software information sub-menu, it appears the Galaxy Fold is running One UI version 1.2 on top of Android 9.0 Pie.
The Fold will feature the latest and greatest components that Samsung has to offer such as the Snapdragon 855 and 12GB RAM.
Overall, the device seems responsive and the folding mechanism solidly clamps into place. As a reminder bleeding-edge tech is not cheap and the Fold will set you back $1,950/€2,000, which is still a bit lower than Huawei’s Mate X and its $2,600/€2,300 starting price.
The launch of the Xperia 1 and the Xperia 10 duo left us with no Compact phone (there’s no successor to the XZ3 either). We’ve been hearing rumors that new Compact models will be pushed closer to the mid-range and this is where the Sony Xperia 4 comes in.
This is largely based on rumors being passed around in the Esato forums, including this image that compares two older Xperia Compacts with the rumored new model.
The idea behind the Xperia 4 is simple – keep the width of older Compacts, namely 65mm, but grow the screen to a 21:9 aspect ratio. Most phones in the series came with 16:9 screens except the last one, the Xperia XZ2 Compact, which made the jump to 18:9.
Whether or not a 21:9 screen is appropriate for a Compact phone is one thing, but the rumored Snapdragon 710 chipset could be even harder to swallow – previous models were petite flagships while this really is more of a mid-ranger.
At least this new model will be thinner – at 8.3mm it will be significantly slimmer than the Xperia XZ2 Compact, which was quite chunky at 12.1mm thick. This new model won’t bring back the 3.5mm jack, however.
The rumors claim that the Sony Xperia 4 will be exclusive to NTT DoCoMo in Japan. Whether or not it goes global (and if the info is indeed correct) remains to be seen.
Today, Google has unveiled its newest platform: Stadia – the plural form of the word ”stadium”. The platform is a cloud-based infrastructure where game developers would be able to write and design games to run directly on Google’s hardware at data centers. This opens the possibility for cloud-based gaming which technically “streams” the game to a controller and display.
The platform would allow you to play games on any display that has access to the platform. This includes TVs, Laptops, smartphones, and tablets. Stadia’s goal is to make games available in 4K resolution and run at 60 frames per second with full surround audio. This is quite a feat, especially when the games will be ‘streamed’.
Stadia will lift restrictions on the games we create and play – and the communities who enjoy them.
Google says that Stadia will free the player of hardware limitations of PCs and game consoles. Instead, it will run the games on Google’s global network of data centers with the infinite computing power that the company has at its disposal. Google claims that game developers will no longer be limited to computing limitations and will be able to create games with “nearly unlimited resources”.
Google will also launch a game controller to use with its service called the Stadia controller. It’s a nice-looking one with a dedicated screenshot button, a Google Assistant shortcut, and a built-in microphone. The controller has two joysticks, four action buttons, a full-size directional pad, and two shoulder buttons on either side.
Google Stadia controller
In a statement to Kotaku, Google describes the possible resolution and frame rate outputs relative to one’s internet connection. For reference, Google demoed Assasin’s Ceed Odyssey for something called Project Stream and it ran at 1080p and 60 fps using a 25Mbps connection.
When Stadia launches later this year, we expect to be able to deliver 4K 60 fps at approximately the same bandwidth requirements.
What Google doesn’t mention, is how it will address internet latency – which is defined as the delay between the moment data is transmitted and the moment instruction for the data begins execution. Depending on the user’s internet connection, some gamers might experience more input lag than others. The controller will be connected directly to the internet via Wi-Fi, but will that be enough to reduce latency?
Right now, this sounds like a pipedream. Google intends to let people watching other game streamers instantly link into the actual game and start playing with a dedicated controller within seconds – since the game is streaming, there are no downloads required. We wonder if Google will be able to nab developers of AAA game titles and how long into the future will be feasible for a game to be just as good as a console.
This seems to be Google intention: to get more people play the games they are watching others play. At least at first. Will this be successful? We have our reservations about it,
Apple has updated its 4K and 5K iMac models with newer Intel Core CPUs and AMD Vega GPUs.
The 4K model now comes in two variants with a choice of 8th gen. 3.6GHz quad-core Core i3 or 8th gen. 3.0GHz 6-core Core i5. Both can be configured with an optional 8th gen. 3.2GHz 6-core Core i7.
The 5K model comes in three variants, with a choice of 8th gen. 3.0GHz 6-core Core i5, 8th gen. 3.1GHz 6-core Core i5, and 9th gen. 3.7GHz 6-core Core i5. The second and third variants can be configured with a 9th gen. 3.6GHz 8-core Core i9.
On the GPU side, the 4K model gets a choice of Radeon Pro 555X with 2GB GDDR5 on the base model and Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB GDDR5 on the higher-end model. The higher-end model can also be configured with a Radeon Pro Vega 20 with 4GB HBM2.
On the 5K models, you get Radeon Pro 57X with 4GB GDDR5 on base model, Radeon Pro 575X with 4GB GDDR5 on mid model and Radeon Pro 580X with 8GB GDDR5 on the higher-end model. The higher-end model can also be configured with Radeon Pro Vega 48 with 8GB HBM2.
In terms of memory, you get 8GB 2666MHz by default on all five models. The 4K models can be configured with either 16GB or 32GB. The same is true for the base and mid 5K models but the higher-end 5K model can be configured in 64GB as well.
As an aside, Apple added a new tier for the iMac Pro when configuring memory. You can now get it configured with up to 256GB 2666MHz DDR4 for an eye-watering $5200.
Coming back to the regular iMac, the storage options on all of them are rather terrible. All models come with mechanical hard drives, with the base 4K model having just a 5400-rpm drive. The other models feature Apple’s Fusion Drive, which is just an SSHD. Default storage is 1TB on all but the higher-end 5K model, which gets 2TB. Apple offers SSD configuration options separately.
That is pretty much it for the updates. The new iMac comes with the same design, which still manages to look great. It still has the same great 4K and 5K IPS panels with wide-color support and great range of connectivity options, including 4x USB 3 connectors, 2x Thunderbolt 3 connectors, Gigabit Ethernet, SDXC slot and headphone out.
Unfortunately, the latest 9th gen. CPU is only available on the highest-end 5K model while the new AMD Vega GPU is also offered on the most expensive 4K and 5K variants, that too as an option. The storage is also pathetic by 2019 standards, as Apple is still shipping outdated mechanical hard drives. Lastly, the base 1080p model, which still exists, didn’t receive any update at all.
The new models are priced at $1299/$1499 for the 4K models and $1799/$1999/$2299 for the 5K models. They are available for purchase starting today but configuration options may or may not
The Oppo Reno will have 93.1% StB ratio according to Oppo VP Shen Yiren. Today he posted more details about it – the phone will have bezels almost as thin as those on the Oppo Find X.
The top bezel will be 1.8mm, the side bezels just 1.63mm. The bottom bezel, which some call the “chin”, will be 3.5mm. For comparison, the Find X has a 3.4mm chin and the iPhone XS 3.98mm.
Shen posted the image above, which shows the Reno on the right and the Find X on the left.
Someone in Weibo’s comment section made this collage to compare the three phones:
These bezels will surround a 6.4” Dynamic AMOLED screen. A 16MP front camera will live on a pop-up to keep the screen free of notches and holes.
The Reno is set to be unveiled on April 10 and it will have a Snapdragon 855 chipset, 48MP main camera, 10x preiscope camera and a large 4,065mAh battery with 20W VOOC 3.0 charging, according to Shen. There will be no wireless charging.
A few interesting announcements took place in week 38 and three of those came courtesy of Samsung – the first mid-ranger with a triple camera Galaxy A7 (2018) and a couple of entry-level devices in Galaxy J4+ and Galaxy J6+.
Meanwhile Xiaomi gave us two more members of the Mi 8 family – the Mi 8 Lite and Mi 8 Pro, while Meizu gave us four new handsets – the 16X, the X8 and the V8 duo.
Meanwhile OnePlus was a prominent feature in our rumor mill with its 6T flagship, along with Xiaomi and its upcoimng Redmi Note 6 Pro mid-ranger. .
We are also still feeling the aftermath of the iPhone XS and XS Max launch – the duo went on sale and we got to learn more about their hardware through reviews and teardowns.
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The sale begins tomorrow at 12 noon in India at Amazon and Xiaomi’s stores.
It’s the company’s first triple camera smartphone.