Huawei surpasses Apple in entire 2019 shipment ranking; Xiaomi, OPPO make top 5

Three of the major market research firms Counterpoint, Canalys and Strategy Analytics (SA) have all published their report showing the shipping estimates of the major smartphone companies. The data all seem to correspond with each other and shows Samsung retained its position as the number one brand in terms of smartphone shipment for the whole of 2019.

Huawei maintained its 2018 record by staying ahead of Apple to become the world’s second best selling smartphone manufacturer in 2019. This is especially surprising considering that the brand has been grappling with an obnoxious ban by the US government hinged on security concerns. Huawei shipped an estimated 240 million mobile phones, a tad higher than its entire shipment in 2018. On the other hand, Apple managed to corner 200 million units, representing a slight drop in shipment.

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Xiaomi Yuemi Single-axis Stabilizing Gimbal launched

Xiaomi’s ecological chain company Yuemi Technology has gained a solid reputation as a manufacturer of mechanical keyboards. Since the first mechanical keyboard was introduced in 2016, it has launched several other models, including the Yuemi mechanical keyboard Cherry version, the Yuemi mechanical keyboard Pro, Yuemi mechanical keyboard 104-key keyboard products with prices ranging from 329 yuan-699 yuan.

The brand has now expanded its product category form just PC peripherals with the launch of a new single-axis Stabilizing Gimbal. The device allows a single-click stable recording of mobile phone videos. It is also dual-use, having a bracket for holding the phone in addition to the stabilizer.

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Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite Android 10 update officially confirmed, timeframe not disclosed yet

Chinese electronics conglomerate Xiaomi had announced the Android 10-based MIUI update for the Xiaomi Mi A2 earlier last month. The same has now been confirmed for the Mi A2 Lite this week. However, the confirmation has arrived after disgruntled users filed a petition for not receiving Android 10 update on Change.org.

Xiaomi had earlier mentioned that there were no plans to bring the Android 10 update to the Mi A2 Lite, causing mass criticism from the fans and the users. According to the company’s official statement on the Mi forum, a spokesperson said, “There is no tentative deadline for the rollout of the new Android 10 update for the A2 Lite. We can only assure users at the time that development is underway”.

The company has just rolled out an update for the Xiaomi Mi A3, although, it is said to be plagued with unknown issues. Xiaomi plans to take its time with the Mi A2 Lite, as to avoid further controversy with the OTA. If early reports are to be believed, the new update brings..

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Redmi Band moniker & features spotted on Xiaomi Wear app’s source code

Xiaomi‘s fitness band has always been known for its cheap pricing, solid build and good performance. Since the Mi Band 4 was released, the units have sold massively. A survey of wearable devices in China by IDC for Q3 2019 had revealed that Xiaomi’s wearables command 25% of the market. Of course, most of the wearables sold were the Mi Band series.

New information has emerged showing that Xiaomi’s Redmi brand may be trying to replicate the success of the Mi Band. In other words, Redmi has got a new wearable device, specifically, a fitness band in the works. The keyword”Redmi band” was spotted on the source code of the latest version of the Xiaomi Wear app. The code shows the device will be equipped with features such as watch faces, notification, weather alert, alarm clock, payment, find band, heart rate, music control and other functions. Judging from these functions alone, the Redmi band seems to cram more features than the current Mi Band 4.

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Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro with 66W charging support spotted in MIUI 11 code

Xiaomi has already confirmed that it will soon launch the Snapdragon 865-powered Mi 10 flagship. But it appears that the company will also be launching a more powerful variant called the Mi 10 Pro to succeed the Mi 9 Pro.

XDA-Developers reports that an MIUI 11 nightly build released earlier this month namedrops the Mi 10 Pro in its code, alongside the codename M2001J2C. Now, a phone carrying the same model number was recently certified by China’s 3C with 66W fast charging support, as well as Russia’s EEC.

If that materializes, the Mi 10 Pro will pip OPPO’s 65W fast charging technology with its own version that delivers 66W output. As per rumours circulating on Weibo, the Mi 10 Pro will pack up to 12GB of RAM, quad rear cameras (108-megapixel + 48-megapixel + 12-megapixel + 8-megapixel), and 40W wireless charging support.

Source: XDA-Developers

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Xiaomi says under-screen selfie camera technology is not ready yet

Xiaomi confirmed last year that it is working on under-screen selfie camera solution, and has already obtained patents for it. But it appears that the technology might take some time before it makes its way to a Xiaomi phone.

The company’s VP, Lu Weibing, noted in a Weibo post that under-screen selfie camera solution has a few downsides that are yet to be resolved. A standard pixel density of 400ppi on today’s smartphones blocks a lot of light from reaching the sensor, which means image quality will be significantly worse.

And if the pixel density of the area above the front camera is reduced to allow more light, that region will appear as a distinct patch on the entire panel. While Xiaomi’s earlier announcement indicated that its solution is promising, Weibing’s post suggests that an under-screen selfie camera on a Xiaomi phone is still quite far off.

Source: Weibo

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