Monthly Archives: August 2016

IDC: Samsung tops Indian smartphone market in Q2, Micromax follows

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Market research firm IDC has released its latest report for the Indian smartphone market, revealing that Samsung was the top vendor in second quarter of this year. The South Korean company’s share of the market stood at 25.1%.

“With updated versions of J2, J5 and J7 released in Q2 2016, J-series devices continue to drive Samsung’s shipments,” the report said.

Micromax came in second with 12.9% share. “Slew of new launches backed by the new marketing initiatives helped Micromax gain the market share post two consecutive declines in Q2 2016. Vendor has re-gained share in $150-$200 segment with launch of Canvas 6 series and Yu Yunicorn.”

Lenovo, Intex, and Reliance Jio rounded up the top five with 7.7%, 7.1%, and 6.8% share, respectively.

Overall, the Indian smartphone market recovered with 17% growth in the quarter. “China based vendors’ shipments grew 28 percent over previous quarter of which Lenovo group, Vivo, Xiaomi, OPPO and Gionee were key contributors driving the growth,” the report said.

“Until now, Lenovo was the only China based vendor to ship over a million units in a quarter, while this quarter saw additional three vendors joining the million shipments bandwagon. Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3 was not only the top selling model in online channel but also a star product for the vendor contributing majority of Xiaomi’s total shipments in Q2 2016.”

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Samsung sends out invites for August 23 event in India; Tizen-powered Z2 expected

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Samsung has started sending out press-invites for a smartphone launch event in India on August 23. While the invite doesn’t reveal the star of the event, it’s being said that the South Korean company will make official the Tizen-powered Z2 on that day.

Specs-wise, an official-looking video recently confirmed that the Z2 is powered by a quad-core 1.5GHz CPU and sports a 5MP rear camera unit. It comes pre-loaded with an app dubbed My Money Transfer, and also features the ability to adjust the flashlight’s brightness.

As for other key specs, rumors say it will sport a 3.97-inch or 4.5-inch display, feature a VGA front camera, and come with 1GB/8GB memory configuration. A 1,500mAh or 2,000mAh battery will be there to keep the lights on.

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