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India struggles to grow in Q3 despite Xiaomi’s record sell-in of 12 million smartphones

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According to Canalys.com, Xiaomi’s performance streak is showing no signs of abating. It confirmed that the company shipped more than 12 million smartphones in Q3 2018, growing by more than 30% year on year, and took pole position for the fourth quarter in a row, further cementing its lead in the country.

Samsung, which came very close to Xiaomi in Q2, shipped 9.3 million smartphones in Q3, taking 23% of the market. Vivo and Oppo came third and fourth respectively, with shipments of 4.5 million and 3.6 million. While Vivo grew annually, shipments of Oppo’s self-branded smartphones fell by 24%.

The overall decline of the vendor eased to 2%, partly due to a strong performance by its secondary brand “RealMe”, which shipped almost 800,000 units. Despite strong performances by many vendors, the total smartphone market in India declined by 1% year on year to 40.4 million units, primarily due to a late Diwali in Q4, which effectively slowed shipments in Q3.

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Eight of India’s top 10 vendors have managed to grow this quarter, either by launching new products or by further diversifying business with new brands and sub-brands. But multiple macro-economic factors continue to affect the global smartphone market, adding to uncertainty and asking questions of the long-term sustainability of vendors’ go-to-market strategies.

“The rising value of the US dollar is the number one concern for smartphone vendors,” said Canalys Research Manager Rushabh Doshi. The US dollar has risen from an average or INR68 in July to INR74 in October 2018, marking a 5% to 10% increase in the cost of components typically bought in US dollars. “Both the Chinese yuan and Indian rupee continue to slide against the dollar, directly affecting material costs.

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For Chinese vendors that operate on razor-thin margins, price corrections are well in order, and these price hikes will hurt growth in India, among other markets. While larger vendors will persist, by hedging against currency fluctuations, smaller vendors will struggle to maintain a price-competitive strategy.”

Also affecting the Indian market is the price of crude oil, which, after a long lull, has risen by more than 25% from US$68 per barrel in August 2018 to US$86 per barrel in October 2018. “As vendors consider a much-needed correction in market prices, they will also need to contend with rising oil prices in India, which are likely to stoke inflation, effectively shrinking the average consumer’s expendable income. These two factors will stifle market growth from opposite ends,” said Doshi.

The Indian government is also close to fully implementing its Phased Manufacturing Program (PMP), under which certain smartphone components attract additional import duties. The move has spurred local ecosystem investment by vendors and ODMs alike. “Local manufacturing gives vendors breathing space, and offsets rising material costs with lower tax burdens,” said Canalys Analyst TuanAnh Nguyen.

“For some Chinese vendors, the ‘forced’ investment into India’s local manufacturing might prove to be a silver lining. With wages constantly rising in China, India’s falling rupee and lower manpower costs will allow vendors to sustain their competitive pricing models. The high capital investment is likely to pay back quickly.”

Micromax made a surprise re-entry into the top five, with 2.6 million shipments in Q3. The vendor shipped five times as many smartphones this quarter as last quarter, making it the best performance by the Indian vendor in recent years.

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Micromax’s re-entry was strongly helped by a government order from Chhattisgarh state, where, along with Reliance Jio, it would provide smartphones and telecom connectivity for a fixed price of INR2,510 (US$34) to 5 million women and college students.

“The Micromax deal is due to a well-known market force – patriotism,” said Nguyen. “The meteoric rise of Huawei, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi, and the flagging popularity of Apple in China is a prime example. While Micromax is not likely to displace Xiaomi, or even Oppo and Vivo in India in the near future, its return marks a shift in the strategies of local vendors.

Should more governments follow in Chhattisgarh’s footsteps, local vendors will find themselves relevant again, especially in increasing the crucial total available market for Indian smartphones.”The Indian government is also close to fully implementing its Phased Manufacturing Program (PMP), under which certain smartphone components attract additional import duties.

The move has spurred local ecosystem investment by vendors and ODMs alike. “Local manufacturing gives vendors breathing space, and offsets rising material costs with lower tax burdens,” said Canalys Analyst TuanAnh Nguyen. “For some Chinese vendors, the ‘forced’ investment into India’s local manufacturing might prove to be a silver lining. With wages constantly rising in China, India’s falling rupee and lower manpower costs will allow vendors to sustain their competitive pricing models. The high capital investment is likely to pay back quickly.”

Source: Canalys News Room

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Huawei Y5 Lite 5.45-Inch HD+ (1GB, 16GB ROM) Android 8.1 Oreo Go, 8MP + 5MP Dual SIM 4G Smartphone – Black (+ Free Key Ring)

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Huawei Y5 Lite 5.45-Inch HD+ (1GB, 16GB ROM) Android 8.1 Oreo Go, 8MP + 5MP Dual SIM 4G Smartphone – Black (+ Free Key Ring)

The Huawei Y5 Lite is smart, durable and available at a price that’s more than pocket-friendly. Featuring a 5.45-inch HD+ display that’s perfect for reading ebooks, watching videos and viewing media. The Y5 Lite smartphone also boasts a fast charging 3,020mAh battery that’s long-lasting and will carry you through a full day’s operation. The combination of a quad-core processor and Android 8.1 Oreo Go operating system, and a 1GB RAM makes multitasking on this Huawei device sweet. Buy the Huawei Y5 Lite online from Jumia at the best price in Nigeria and enjoy secure and convenient online shopping and nationwide delivery.

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  • Screen Size: 5.45 inches
  • Screen Colour: 16.7 million colours, colour saturation rate (NTSC): 70% (typical value)
  • Screen Type: TFT LCD (IPS)
  • Resolution: HD+ 1440 x 720 pixels
  • Screen Pixel Density: 295 PPI

CPU

  • MediaTek MT6739
  • Quad-core

OPERATING SYSTEM

  • Android 8.1.0 (Android Oreo Go Edition)

MEMORY

  • 1 GB RAM + 16 GB ROM
  • Storage Card Type: microSD card
  • External Memory Support: 256 GB (non-standard configuration)

*Due to limitations in CPU processing power, memory used by the operating system and pre-installed applications, the actual space available to users may be less than the stated memory capacity. Actual memory space may change due to application updates, user operations, and other related factors.

NETWORK–Single SIM Card 1 GB + 16 GB

  • 4G LTE FDD: B1 / B3 / B5 / B7 / B8 / B20
  • 4G LTE TDD: B40
  • 3G WCDMA: B1 / B5 / B8
  • 2G GSM: B2 / B3 / B5 / B8

Note: Functions available on the live network depend on the carrier network.

Dual SIM Card 1 GB + 16 GB

Primary SIM card:

  • 4G LTE FDD: B1 / B3 / B5 / B7 / B8 / B20
  • 4G LTE TDD: B40
  • 3G WCDMA: B1 / B5 / B8
  • 2G GSM: B2 / B3 / B5 / B8
  • Secondary SIM card (voice services only, no data service):
  • 3G WCDMA: B1 / B5 / B8
  • 2G GSM: B2 / B3 / B5 / B8

Note:Either card slot can be set to accommodate the primary or secondary SIM card.

Functions available on the live network depend on the carrier network.

KEY FEATURES

  • Memory: 1GB RAM + 16GB ROM
  • Battery: 3,020mAh
  • Network: 4G LTE
  • Dual SIM
  • Display: 5.45-Inch HD+
  • Camera: 8MP Rear + 5MP Front
  • Operating System: Android 8.1 Oreo Go
  • CPU: Quad Core MediaTek

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STORAGE & SPEED
ROM (internal storage)–16
RAM–1
OPERATING SYSTEM–Operating System Android
WARRANTY–Product warranty1 Year
SKU–SKU (simple)
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GPS–GPS, GLONASS, AGPS

CONNECTIVITY

  • 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth: BT 4.2, BLE
  • USB / Charging Port: micro USB, USB 2.0

SENSORS

  • Accelerometer Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor

CAMERA

Rear Camera:Single-lens camera:

  • 8 MP, f/2.0 aperture, supports autofocus (phase focus)

Front Camera: Single-lens camera:

  • 5 MP, f/2.2 aperture, supports fixed focal length

Flash: Front Selfie Toning flash/Rear single-tone LED flash

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BATTERY

  • 3020 mAh (typical value)
  • 5 V / 1 A charger

*Typical value. Actual capacity may vary slightly.

This capacity is the nominal battery capacity. The actual battery capacity for each individual phone may be slightly above or below the nominal battery capacity.

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EA Sports FIFA 18 – PS4 + PS4 Dual Shock Wireless Controller Pad

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The EA Sports FIFA 18 – PS4 + PS4 Dual Shock Wireless Controller Pad is Powered by Frostbite, EA SPORTS FIFA 18 blurs the line between the virtual and real worlds, bringing to life the players, teams, and atmospheres of The World’s Game. Move with Real Player Motion Technology to unlock Dramatic Moments in the world’s most Immersive Atmospheres. And go on a global journey with a star-studded cast of characters in The Journey: Hunter Returns. In FIFA Ultimate Team, FUT ICONS, featuring Ronaldo Nazário and other football legends, are coming to FIFA 18.

TEAM STYLES AND POSITIONING
New Player Positioning: With more freedom in motion, your teammates examine the pitch and react accordingly; darting forward in coordinated runs, or moving into space to provide consistent attacking support. New player positioning gives you a well-balanced and spread pitch with more opportunities in time and space to read the play.• Team Styles: A deep set of authentic playing styles attributed to several teams put the most-recognized tactics on the pitch in FIFA 18 – now in AI you will immediately recognize the tiki-taka of some of Europe’s best clubs or the high-pressing style of teams in the Premier League. Feel a change in defensive and attacking approaches every time you choose a new club or opponent.

Dynamic Quick Substitutes: All-new context based substitution prompts allow players to easily make changes without pausing the match. Whether it’s a missed chance, or necessary response to conceding a goal, you can instantly decide if a change is needed without visiting the menu.

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KEY FEATURES
  • More Than a Game- The Biggest Step in Gameplay in Franchise History
  • The World’s best game plus the Latest PS4 Controller
  • The Difference Is Clear: Grey Buttons, Extra Light Bar On The Touch Pad.
  • Real Player Motion Technology: An all New Animation system that unlocks the next level of responsiveness and Player Personality.
  • More responsive and fluid gameplay with the controller
  • Dramatic Moments- Score incredible goals in FIFA 18 as new movement and finishing animations unlock more fluid stricking and heading of the ball
  • Powered by Frostbite, FIFA 18 blurs the line between the virtual and real worlds, bringing to life the heroes, teams, and atmospheres of the world’s Game
  • Immersive Atmosphere: Authentic Sun positions, cinematic atmosphere grading, signature pitch-side features, on Pitch Debris
WHAT IN THE BOX
  • Rating: Everyone
  • Category: Sports & Gaming
  • A Star Studded Cast
  • Impactful Decision
  • Local multiplayer
  • New Playable Characters
SPECIFICATIONS OF FIFA 18 – PS4 + PS4 DUAL SHOCK WIRELESS CONTROLLER PAD
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FIFA 18  players wants to enjoy a new location in Brazil and the United States. The 3rd League which is the third tier of the Bundesliga, Iceland’s national football team and the Turkish Super League wants to be featured in  FIFA 18 .

FIFA 18  has many new features such as:

  • More responsive and fluid gameplay
  • Better Personalized Player Experience: Allows us to use Ronaldo’s signature sprint move.
  • A better dribbling experience
  • Provides a more responsive gameplay

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Windows 10 Mobile is Now Dead and Officially Buried

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Windows 10 Mobile is Now Dead and Officially Buried.Windows 10 Mobile is dead and Microsoft has officially given up on it. So if you’re holding on for dear life to a Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile phone, you have less than a year to upgrade to something else.

Microsoft recently published a support page detailing Windows 10 Mobile’s upcoming End of Support.

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The company said that all Windows 10 Mobile users are no longer eligible to receive updates, including security updates, from December 10, 2019. Devices that are running Windows 10 Mobile version 1703 will no longer receive support even earlier — on June 11th, 2019.

After your device reaches end of support, some of the features will slowly stop working and Microsoft won’t do anything about it. That includes automatic or manual device backups, which will end on March 10, 2020.

While Microsoft admitted defeat long ago when it stopped making and selling Windows mobile devices, this FAQ is a new nail in the coffin for the mobile operating system.

The way out of all this? Switch to Android and iOS, says Microsoft.

“Microsoft’s mission statement to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, compels us to support our Mobile apps on those platforms and devices,” the company said, recommending users to move to an Android or iOS device.

Are you still using Windows 10 Mobile Phone?

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