1. The World’s Second Largest Smartphone Market – India
According to data from Canalys, China is the largest player in the global smartphone market, and the second largest smartphone market is India.
India’s smartphone market sharply surpassed Q2 in 2017, reaching 40 million units Q3 in 2017. Among those units, Samsung Electronics has 9.4 million units and Xiaomi has 9.2 million units. The top five companies, Samsung Electronics / Xiaomi / Vivo / Oppo / Lenovo, have continued to grow rapidly, accounting for nearly half of the total market.
What stands out is the increase of Xiaomi, Vivo, and Oppo. You can see how much it has increased from the same period last year by simply comparing the graphs.
India’s smartphone market is booming in terms of LTE growth compared to low smartphone penetration rates. In this situation, Xiaomi is showing strong growth in the low-end market. According to Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun’s Weibo account post, Xiaomi has shipped 10 million smartphones in October, and the sales target of 90 million units this year is expected to be possible. In this situation, Xiaomi could become India’s largest smartphone brand.
Speaking of Xiaomi, the event of Xiaomi will be held in India on November the 2nd to launch the new smartphone series, which could be the Mi Note 3 and Mi Mix 2.
You can check the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 specifications below.
- CPU: Snapdragon 660
- RAM: 6GB
- Display: 5.5 inch Full HD
- Rear Camera: Dual 12 MP
- Front Camera: 16 MP
- Storage: 64/128 GB
- Colors: Black, Blue
- Battery: 3500 mAh with Quick Charge 3.0
Additionally, Google Pixel 2 began pre-ordering in India via Flipkart. Google Pixel 2 is expected to begin shipping on November 1, and Pixel 2 XL will start shipping on November 15.
2. iPhone X Sold Out in 10 Minutes
iPhone sales in US and UK was sold out in 10 minutes, and the initial volume is already out of stock. There is news that iPhone X’s production has been decided to double by brisk booking sales. Moreover, the iPhone 8 / 8 Plus reservation status is significantly lower than expected due to the standby demand of iPhone X in South Korea.
3. Google Pixel 2 XL Launches in Italy and Spain
The Pixels were only available in Australia, Canada, Germany, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom and United States, however Google Pixel 2 XL is now expending to Italy and Spain. Only Pixel 2 XL is available and offered in Google Stores with 64GB capacity.
At the same time, Pixel 2 XL is suffering with lots of issue.
The recent Display Burn-In issue will be finalized with Google by extending the hardware warranty to two years, and in addition to this issue, some customers have received an uninstalled OS.
There was also a problem with the use of Android Auto, and there were other issues such as the noise of the audio during video recording or the audio not being output properly during playback.
4. SONY Launches Xperia XZ Premium Rosso Red in Europe
A new color of Xperia XZ Premium Rosso Red was outflow in May, but was released in October and finally launched in Europe.
5. Nintendo to Boost Sales of Switches
Nintendo announces 2017 Q2 performance.
Sales of the Nintendo Switch grew by 219.9 billion yen and operating profit of 23.7 billion yen due to strong sales of the Nintendo Switch, exceeding the estimated sales of 174 billion yen and operating profit of 19 billion yen.
The Nintendo Switch sold about 2.9 million units with cumulative sales of 7.63 million units.