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Indian Wearable Market Shipped a Record 14.9 Million Units in 2019

Indian Wearable Market Shipped A Record 14.9 Million Units In

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Driven by ear-worn devices, India’s wearables market shipped a record 14.9 million units and witnessed an impressive 168.3 per cent year-over-year (YoY) growth in 2019, a new report by International Data Corporation (IDC) said on Thursday.

Basic wearables continue to dominate India’s wearables market with a 96.2 per cent category share, up 177 per cent YoY in 2019.

Smart wearables that can run third-party applications on the device itself, accounted for 3.8 per cent of the overall wearable shipments in 2019 and registered 49.5 per cent growth from the previous year.

“Ear-worn devices have found huge appeal with consumers, who are spoiled for choice with a variety of models at different price points. Affordable neckbands are leading the charge of migration from wired to wireless in this category.

“At the same time, truly wireless devices with improved battery life and connectivity are attracting users to spend more. As more vendors entered this segment with affordable options, the average selling price (ASP) of the category came down to $39 in 2019 from $63 a year ago, resulting in massive growth in this category,” Anisha Dumbre, Market Analyst, IDC India, said in a statement.

Accounting for most shipment volumes, the earwear category grew five-fold shipping 8.5 million units, watches grew 77.5 per cent while wrist bands ended the year as the second-largest wearable category.

Earwear grew multifold with 443.6 per cent during 2019, making it one of the fastest-growing consumer electronics categories in the country.

India based vendor BoAt Lifestyle was the leading brand with a 27.3 per cent market share in this category in 2019.

Multiple distribution partnerships with the leading e-commerce and retail channels, affordable pricing, and significant investment in marketing, helped BoAt Lifestyle to gain share in this category.

However, in the truly wireless segment, Apple continues to lead the segment with its AirPods range, thus, garnering 43.1 per cent market share in 2019.

“The wearables market is in a state of flux with new form factors and brands entering every few months. Vendors are recognising the growth potential of the wearable devices and unlocking new use cases for a holistic wearable experience,” said Jaipal Singh, Associate Research Manager, Client Devices, IDC India.

Wrist bands continued to grow in higher double-digit as the year ended with 5.3 million units, up 52.6 per cent from the previous year.

Xiaomi remained the dominant leader with a 48.9 per cent category share and grew 54.7 per cent YoY in 2019.

Titan also maintained its second position with a 14.5 per cent category share as its shipments grew 24.1 per cent during the year. The category remains consolidated to the top five vendors, contributing 86.6 per cent share to the category in 2019.

A total of 933 thousand units of watches were shipped during the year with a 77.5 per cent YoY growth. Smartwatches continue to lead the watch category with 61.1 per cent share in 2019 and grew 53.6 per cent from the previous year.

In the smart watch category, Fossil was the leading vendor with 30.3 per cent share, followed by Apple with a 26.6 per cent share in 2019.

However, Huami with its Amazfit brand, was the leading player in the basic watch category.

Also, Huami’s aggressive pricing and well-diversified portfolio helped the brand to become the second largest brand in the overall watch category.

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TikTok Replaces WhatsApp as the Most Downloaded App Globally

Tiktok Replaces Whatsapp As The Most Downloaded App Globally

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The wildly-popular viral video app, TikTok, has dethroned WhatsApp to emerge as the most-downloaded app globally. According to data released by Sensor Tower earlier this month, TikTok was the top non-game application in January on both the Play Store and the App Store with more than 104.7 million installs, which represented a 46 percent increase from January 2019. Do note that the numbers don’t take into account the various third-party Android platforms in China and elsewhere, so the overall numbers are much higher.

India, as expected, led the way with 34.4 percent of the app’s total global downloads, while Brazil came in at number two with 10.4 percent. While users in the US were relatively late in jumping on the TikTok bandwagon, the app has now become a rage in the country, especially among younger audiences. That being the case, the US is now the third-largest international market for TikTok, reportedly accounting for 7.3 percent of all global downloads.

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As for WhatsApp, it was the second-most installed non-gaming app worldwide last month with close to 90.6 million installs, which represented a 10 percent increase from January 2019. The countries with the largest number of WhatsApp installs were India at 35.3 percent, followed by Brazil at 9.4 percent. Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger rounded out the top-five global list for the month.

TikTok has become a global phenomenon over the past few years with its user base growing massively in some of the biggest markets around the world, including China, India and the US. In fact, the app surpassed 1.5 billion downloads on the App Store and Google Play combined as it continued along on its growth trajectory around the world in spite of multiple controversies and data privacy concerns.

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Instagram PWA With Direct Messaging Now Available on Microsoft Store

Instagram Pwa With Direct Messaging Now Available On Microsoft Store

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Instagram has updated its Windows desktop client on the Microsoft Store as a Progressive Web App (PWA). Believed to have been originally spotted by Italian tech blog, Aggiornamenti Lumia, the new application (version 42.0.2.0) is now available to download globally and, comes with the Direct Messaging feature that isn’t yet available on the website. However, Instagram is currently testing DMs on its website, so expect it to be rolled out sooner rather than later.

In case you don’t know it already, PWAs are platform-agnostic applications that are meant to work on both mobile and desktop operating systems. They mostly function as native applications with support for a full suite of functionalities, including push notifications, hardware access and more. PWAs also typically bring faster updates because any change on the web could be rolled out to the PWA without too much of a problem.

Instagram first announced plans to update its Windows app on the Microsoft Store as a PWA last December, but the company didn’t announce any specific timeline for the rollout. Even now, the company is yet to make a public announcement about its availability, but we expect that to happen sooner rather than later.

Meanwhile, if you’re interested in checking out the new app, you can download it for free from the Microsoft Store in your country. If you’re already using the Instagram app on your Windows PC, it will be automatically updated to the latest version soon, but you can also download it manually if you want. Do note that the app is only compatible with Windows 10 version 10240.0 or higher (both mobile and desktop).



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Microsoft Edge Now Has an Offline Surf Game

Microsoft Edge Now Has An Offline Surf Game

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It appears like Google Chrome’s offline Dino game finally has a worthy opponent. Microsoft’s Chromium Edge team has baked in a cool Surf game in the browser. The game is currently live on Canary and Dev channels of Chromium-based Edge.

William Devereux, senior product manager for the project took to Twitter to tease the new game. The Surf game comes with three game modes namely Let’s Surf, Zig Zag, and Time Trial. The game has powerups that you can activate by pressing the ‘F’ key.

Let’s Surf is an unlimited runner mode where your objective is to keep playing to break your own high score. In the Time Trial mode, you’re supposed to reach the end of the course at the earliest. You will be passing through as many gates as possible in Zig Zag mode.

On top of all these, the game supports keyboard, mouse, touch, and even gamepad inputs. If all these sound interesting to you and you’re running developer or canary builds of Chromium-Edge, you can play Surf game right now by visiting edge://surf. The game will eventually be brought to the stable version of Edge.

In my opinion, this new Surf game is far advanced, better, and sophisticated in comparison with Chrome’s T-Rex game. I tried playing the game on my laptop running Microsoft Edge developer build and I can guarantee that you won’t be disappointed with this. Plus, it’s another reason to switch to Edge.

Devereux mentions this game was designed and built by a few people in their free time. It is worth applauding the efforts of the developers behind the scenes for bringing this fun game to Edge.



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Airtel Launches New International Roaming Packs for Prepaid Users

Airtel Launches New International Roaming Packs For Prepaid Users

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Airtel has launched new International Roaming packs for prepaid customers along with a whole bunch of new features including real-time usage tracking using Airtel Thanks app, one-touch control for toggling international roaming, the ability to pre-book roaming packs, and more.

The new international plans come under Travel Basics category and are priced at ₹1199 and ₹ 799 respectively. With the ₹1199 plan, you get 1GB of data, 100 minutes of incoming & outgoing calls to India and foreign country, and unlimited incoming SMS messages. The pack is valid for 30 days.

The ₹799 plan, on the other hand, offers 100 minutes of incoming and outgoing calls, unlimited incoming SMS messages for 30 days. Unfortunately, you don’t get data benefits with this plan.

One noteworthy feature of these international packs is that the data services get automatically cut-off once the user exhausts the available data. This way, you no longer have to worry about crossing the data limit. New packages post data limit exhaustion can be availed via the Airtel Thanks app.

Airtel says these new international packs would cover up to 82 most traveled countries. “We at Airtel obsess around customer experience. In the past few quarters, we worked on some of the biggest customer needs and pain-points around international travel and developed these innovative features.”, says Shashwat Sharma, Chief Marketing & Brand Officer at Airtel.

In addition, Airtel has announced an upcoming international roaming pack under Travel Unlimited category for both prepaid and postpaid customers. The plan in question costs ₹4999 and offers 1 GB of data per day, unlimited incoming calls, 500 minutes of incoming & outgoing calls to India and foreign country, and unlimited incoming SMS messages for 10 days.

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Black Shark 3’s Magnetic Charging Revealed in Official Promo

Black Shark 3's Magnetic Charging Revealed In Official Promo

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Xiaomi’s Black Shark 3 is all set to be unveiled on March 3, and a prototype of the device has now shown up on the AnTuTu benchmark, seemingly revealing at least some of its key tech specs. According to the listing, the device will come with the Snapdragon 865 SoC, 12GB of RAM, 512GB of internal storage and a high-res display with 3120×1440 pixel resolution. Listed as ‘blackshark MBU-A0’, the device will also ship with Android 10 out-of-the-box.

In addition, Xiaomi founder and CEO, Lei Jun, has also started teasing the Black Shark 3 on Weibo, releasing a 6-second promo video that gives us a glimpse at the upcoming device. He also revealed that the phone will have a USB-C port and a 3.5mm audio slot. While the former is expected as a standard feature for smartphones circa 2020, the latter is a bit of a surprise, given that the Black Shark 2 and Black Shark 2 Pro from last year did not have the 3.5mm socket.

The most noteworthy feature, however, is a magnetic charging connector, which will apparently help gamers charge the phone easily while playing. As pointed out by GizmoChina, the technology seems similar to the Vivo Apex 2019 concept phone that came with a port-less design and a similar magnetic charging feature. The Black Shark 3 also comes with a ‘Tencent Games’ branding on the back, which is likely the result of a Black Shark-Tencent tie-up announced last month.

It’s worth noting here that another Black Shark 3 listing on AnTuTu earlier this week revealed that the device might be one of the most powerful smartphones ever, having racked-up a massive 620,952 points on the benchmarking platform. The score is believed to be the highest-ever on AnTuTu, breaking the record thus far held by the Realme X50 Pro, which managed to score 605,327 earlier this year.

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MediaTek Helio P95 Announced with APU 2.0 and 64MP Camera Support

Mediatek Helio P95 Announced With Apu 2.0 And 64mp Camera

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MediaTek has been beefing up its mid-range chipset lineup over the past few months. It launched the Helio G90, G80, and G70 gaming-centric chipsets to make it possible for a wider audience to enjoy high-end gaming. But, the chipmaker has today unveiled a new addition for the well-known Helio P-series, the Helio P95, which brings support for up to 64MP camera, 21:9 displays, and a lot more.

MediaTek Helio P95 is an octa-core chipset, with two high-performance ARM Cortex-A75 cores clocked at up to 2.2GHz and six efficiency ARM Cortex A-55 cores clocked at up to 2.0GHz. It’s a successor to the Helio P90 chipset that was introduced last year. You also have an Imagination PowerVR GM 94446 GPU on board, which should offer you a 10% performance bump over its predecessor, as per MediaTek.

One of the highlights of the Helio P95 chipset is the new AI processing unit, APU 2.0, which can help achieve a 10% increase in benchmark performance in comparison to the previous-gen chipset. The chipset also supports up to 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM and UFS 2.1 storage.

There’s now also a triple ISP, which is capable of 14-bit RAW and 10-bit YUV processing, present on board. The chipset supports up to 64MP cameras or a 24+16MP dual-camera systems, along with AI enhancements, such as AI-NR, improved portrait capture due to hardware depth engine that’s 6X faster and 2.25X higher resolution.

Helio P95 comes integrated with the ‘MediaTek HyperEngine’ for improved performance, “intelligent networking, rapid touchscreens and vivid visuals,” as per the official website. The chipset also supports displays with resolution up to 2520 x 1080 pixels, with a 21:9 aspect ratio.

Finally, in terms of connectivity, MediaTek Helio P95 supports 4G LTE Cat-12 download speeds and Cat-13 upload speeds. There’s also support for 4×4 MIMO, 256 QAM, ViLTE (video over LTE), VoLTE (voice over LTE), Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 5, and Bluetooth 5.0.

MediaTek did not discuss any timeline for the release of smartphones powered by Helio P95, but the rumor mill suggests that Oppo Reno 3 Pro, launching on March 2 in India, would be the first phone to be powered by this new chipset. Oppo is yet to confirm the same, so we suggest you take this leak with a grain of salt.

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List of Smartphones with 90Hz and 120Hz Refresh Rate Display

List Of Smartphones With 90hz And 120hz Refresh Rate Display

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After the Quad-camera setup and faster charging, it’s time for high refresh rate displays on smartphones. Smartphone makers have been launching some excellent devices with high refresh rate displays both in premium and budget segments. While features like high refresh rate displays generally find their way to premium smartphones first, in today’s time, we see the flagship features trickle down to budget devices in no time. So in this article, we bring you a comprehensive list of smartphones with 90Hz and 120Hz refresh rate display. We have also mentioned some upcoming smartphones which are going to be launched in the next few months. So with all that said, let’s begin.

List of Smartphones with 90Hz Refresh Rate Display

1. OnePlus 7 Pro, 7T, 7T Pro, Mclaren Edition

OnePlus is one of the first few smartphone makers that spearheaded the high refresh rate trend in smartphone displays. Even before Samsung, OnePlus brought the OnePlus 7 Pro, 7T, 7T Pro and its Mclaren Edition with a 90Hz display panel. Further, the display is accompanied by excellent AMOLED panel and you have the option to force 90Hz refresh rate all the time — unlike the Pixel 4. So if you are looking for the best smartphone that comes with a higher refresh rate, I would say OnePlus devices having a 90Hz display panel is a much-balanced product in terms of both battery efficiency and fluid performance.

  • Specifications: Snapdragon 855/855+, Full HD and QHD + Display, 6-12GB RAM, 128-256GB Storage, 3800-4000mAh battery capacity

Buy from Amazon: Starts at ₹34,999 ($569.99)

2. Realme X2 Pro and Realme X50 Pro 5G

Unsurprisingly, OnePlus’ sister company Realme has released two excellent smartphones having a 90Hz refresh rate display: the Realme X2 Pro and India’s first 5G phone, Realme X50 Pro 5G. Both have a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display having FHD resolution. On top of that, the X50 Pro 5G comes with a 180Hz touch-sensing sampling rate which means you will have a much better experience while gaming and navigating through the UI.

  • Specifications: Snapdragon 865/855+, Full HD Display, 6-12GB RAM, 128-256GB Storage, 4000-4200mAh battery capacity

2. Realme X2 Pro and Realme X50 Pro 5G

3. Pixel 4 Series

The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL both come with a 90Hz display, however, it deploys a dynamic mechanism to switch between 60Hz and 90Hz refresh rate to save battery. Further, at low brightness, the refresh rate is switched to 60Hz. Nevertheless, you have the option to force 90Hz refresh rate all the time from the Developer Options. All in all, if you want the clean Google experience with a dash of higher refresh rate then the Pixel 4 series is also a great option.

  • Specifications: Snapdragon 855, Full HD and 2K Display, 6GB RAM, 64-128GB Storage, 2800-3700mAh battery capacity

3. Pixel 4 Series Smartphones with 90Hz and 120Hz Refresh Rate Display

Buy from BestBuy: Starts at $799

4. Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 5G

Xiaomi has unveiled its latest flagship, the Mi 10 Pro 5G in China and there are rumors that it will make its way to India as well. The Mi 10 sports a 6.6-inch Super AMOLED panel and has a refresh rate of 90Hz in FHD resolution. Apart from that, the display has a 180Hz touch-sensing rate and is HDR10+ compliant.

  • Specifications: Snapdragon 865, Full HD Display, 8-12GB RAM, 256-512GB Storage, 4500mAh battery capacity

4. Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 5G Smartphones with 90Hz and 120Hz Refresh Rate Display

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5. Oppo Reno Ace

After OnePlus and Realme, Oppo followed suit and released the Reno Ace in October last year, but only for China. It comes with a beautiful 6.6-inch AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. It’s also among the very few smartphones to have the latest Gorilla Glass 6 protecting the screen. Not to mention, the display has Full HD resolution and supports HDR10 content as well.

  • Specifications: Snapdragon 855+, Full HD Display, 8-12GB RAM, 128-256GB Storage, 4000mAh battery capacity

5. Oppo Reno Ace

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6. Nubia Red Magic 3 and 3s

If you are looking for a gaming phone that comes with a high refresh rate then Nubia Red Magic 3 series is an excellent pick. Both the smartphones come with a 6.65-inch FHD AMOLED display and sport a 90Hz refresh rate panel. Further, to make the display color accurate, it’s 100% calibrated using the DCI-P3 color profile.

  • Specifications: Snapdragon 855/855+, Full HD Display, 6-8-12GB RAM, 64-128GB Storage, 5000mAh battery capacity

6. Nubia Red Magic 3 and 3s Smartphones with 90Hz and 120Hz Refresh Rate Display

  • Buy Nubia Red Magic 3 from Flipkart: ₹35,999
  • Buy Nubia Red Magic 3s from Flipkart: ₹47,999

List of Smartphones with 120Hz Refresh Rate Display

7. Poco X2 / Redmi K30

After a long break, Poco finally released its second smartphone which indeed turned out to be a rebranded Redmi K30. Nevertheless, the phone is amazing and brings a 120Hz refresh rate display although in an LCD panel. I don’t have any problems with LCD displays as far as Xiaomi’s panels are concerned. Further, I have used the Poco X2 for quite some time and can say that it’s the best budget smartphone out there with a higher 120Hz refresh rate display.

  • Specifications: Snapdragon 730G, Full HD Display, 6-8GB RAM, 64-128-256GB Storage, 4500mAh battery capacity

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Buy from Flipkart: Starts at ₹15,999

8. Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra

With the launch of the Galaxy S20 series, Samsung has finally embraced the higher refresh rate trend. All smartphones launched under the S20 series, be it the normal or 5G variants, have 120Hz refresh rate display. However, keep in mind, 120Hz kicks in only when you have set the device resolution to Full HD. Samsung says this has been done to extend the battery life. Apart from that, all the smartphones under the S20 lineup have top-of-the-line Dynamic AMOLED panel with support for Always-on display too.

  • Specifications: Snapdragon 865 / Exynos 990, Full HD, Quad HD, 2K and 3K Display, 8-12GB RAM, 128-256-512GB Storage, 4000-5000mAh battery capacity

samsung s20 series Smartphones with 90Hz and 120Hz Refresh Rate Display

Buy from Amazon: Starts at ₹66,999 ($999.99)

9. Asus ROG Phone I and II

While the Asus ROG Phone I came with a 90Hz refresh rate display, the newer model, ROG Phone II sports a 120Hz panel with a touch-sensing rate of 240Hz. As we know, the ROG phone is designed primarily for gamers so you get top-notch experience while gaming or navigating through general tasks. In addition, both the models are HDR compliant and come with Gorilla Glass 6 protection.

  • Specifications: Snapdragon 845/855+, Full HD Display, 8-12GB RAM, 128-256-512GB Storage, 4000-6000mAh battery capacity

9. Asus ROG Phone I and II

Buy from Flipkart: ₹37,999

10. Realme X50 5G

A few days ago, Realme announced the X50 Pro 5G variant in the Indian market but did not bring the affordable X50 5G model. The standard Realme X50 5G model comes with the Snapdragon 765G processor and has a 120Hz refresh rate display. Although the panel is LCD, you won’t have any kind of issue with color accuracy, vibrancy or brightness.

  • Specifications: Snapdragon 765G, Full HD Display, 6-12GB RAM, 128-256GB Storage, 4200mAh battery capacity

10. Realme X50 5G

Buy from AliExpress: $417.08

11. Razer Phone 1 and 2

Razer was the first smartphone maker that started this trend of higher refresh rate display on smartphones way back in 2017. Its first phone focused on gaming which had a 120Hz refresh rate display and a screen resolution of 2K. Now, Razer has released its second phone and that too has a 120Hz refresh rate with support for wide color gamut. Apart from that, the display is an IPS LCD panel with a 90% screen-to-body ratio and 580 nits of maximum brightness.

  • Specifications: Snapdragon 835/845, 2K Display, 8GB RAM, 64GB Storage, 4000mAh battery capacity

11. Razer Phone 1 and 2 Smartphones with 90Hz and 120Hz Refresh Rate Display

Buy from Amazon: $379

12. Lenovo Z6

In line with other smartphone makers, Lenovo has also released a smartphone with a high refresh rate display, the Z6, but skipped the launch in India. The standard model comes with a 6.39-inch Full HD display which has a 120Hz refresh rate panel. Among other things, the Z6’s panel is also HDR10 compliant and calibrated with DCI-P3 color space.

  • Specifications: Snapdragon 730, Full HD Display, 6-8GB RAM, 64-128GB Storage, 4000mAh battery capacity

12. Lenovo Z6

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List of Upcoming Smartphones with 90Hz and 120Hz Refresh Rate Display

13. Realme 6 and 6 Pro

It has not been even a year since the high refresh rate trend took off and now Realme has announced that they will be launching their budget devices, Realme 6 and 6 Pro with a 90Hz display. That’s amazing and if Realme prices it well then the Realme 6 series is going to be the obvious choice for the masses, sidelining the Redmi Note 8 series. Realme 6 and 6 Pro will be launched on March 5.

14. K30 Pro

Except for the Poco X2 and Mi 10, Xiaomi does not have a long list of devices with 90Hz or 120Hz display. However, that is going to change with K30 Pro in a few weeks. Rumors suggest that it will pack the Snapdragon 865 and an AMOLED screen having a 120Hz refresh rate display. While the specs look great on the paper, we want to see how Xiaomi positions the device in the Indian market. You can expect the launch within the next two months in India.

14. K30 Pro

15. OnePlus 8 Series

OnePlus in its earlier launch promised that all their upcoming smartphones will have a high refresh rate display to make the Android experience fast and fluid. And now, we are hearing that OnePlus will be releasing three devices this year: OnePlus 8 Lite and OnePlus 8 with a 90Hz display; OnePlus 8 Pro supposedly with a 120Hz display. That’s going to be awesome, right? So it’s going to be an exciting high refresh rate face-off between the Galaxy S20 series and OnePlus 8 series, hopefully in April.

15. OnePlus 8 Series Smartphones with 90Hz and 120Hz Refresh Rate Display

16. Oppo Reno3 Pro and Find X2

Oppo is going to launch two of its flagship devices, the Oppo Reno3 Pro and Find X2 in March this year. While the Reno3 Pro will come with a 90Hz display, Find X2– which has an expansive display– will sport a 120Hz refresh rate panel. Not to mention, both the devices will have an AMOLED screen so that is great.

17. Nubia Red Magic 5G

Nubia is going one step ahead than other smartphone makers and bringing a 144Hz refresh rate display with its 5G variant. Apart from that, the device will have a 6.65-inch display and a battery capacity of 4400mAh. It recently passed the TENAA certification and will be launching in China, India and other markets within a few months.

17. Nubia Red Magic 5G Smartphones with 90Hz and 120Hz Refresh Rate Display

18. Black Shark 3

With Nubia and Asus bringing smartphones having high refresh rate displays for gamers, Xiaomi has also entered the fray with its game-centric smartphone, Black Shark. Rumors suggest that Black Shark 3 will pack a 120Hz refresh rate display and will have a 270Hz sampling rate so the touch response while gaming will be excellent. You can expect the launch in early March, but it might be limited to China only.

18. Black Shark 3

Pick the Best Smartphone with High Refresh Rate Display

So those are the 18 smartphones that have higher refresh rate displays be it 90Hz, 120Hz or in some cases 144Hz too. While most of the devices have been launched, there are some upcoming smartphones like Realme 6 and OnePlus 8 series that is going to bring high refresh rate displays to the masses at an affordable price. We are very excited to see how well this trend goes in the budget category. Anyway, that is all from us. We will keep updating this article with new smartphones having a higher refresh rate so stay tuned with us.



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Microsoft Expects Less Revenue Due to Coronavirus

Microsoft's Xbox Gaming Revenues Fell 11% Last Quarter

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Microsoft has announced that it would not hit the expected earnings projected for the third quarter of fiscal year 2020 in the personal computing segment (sales of Windows licenses and Surface devices) due to the outbreak of coronavirus. Other divisions of the company are not likely to be affected.

“Although we see strong Windows demand in line with our expectations, the supply chain is returning to normal operations at a slower pace than anticipated at the time of our Q2 earnings call.”, reads the press release. “As a result, for the third quarter of fiscal year 2020, we do not expect to meet our More Personal Computing segment guidance as Windows OEM and Surface are more negatively impacted than previously anticipated.”

Notably, the Redmond giant issued quarterly revenue guidance for its personal computing segment between $10.75 and $11.15 billion last month for the second quarter of the fiscal year. The company recorded a revenue of $36.9 billion along with $11.6 net income.

Microsoft has taken several preventive measures to ensure the safety and health of its employees. The company said that it is working closely with global health authorities to provide donations and relief measures.

In case you’re wondering, Microsoft is not the only major tech company affected by coronavirus. Last week, Apple did a similar announcement stating that it would miss the revenue forecast as demand for its products within China got affected.

As per the data provided by the interactive map developed by researchers at Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering, there are over 82,164 confirmed cases of coronavirus that led to 2,801 deaths so far.

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Apple to Open First Retail Store in India Next Year: Tim Cook

Apple To Open First Retail Store In India Next Year:

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Bullish on its growth in India, Apple is set to open its first branded retail store in the country in 2021, company CEO Tim Cook has told shareholders. Speaking to investors at the annual shareholder meeting at Apple Park in Cupertino, California on Wednesday, Cook confirmed the company will open its first offline retail outlet in the world’s second biggest smartphone market next year, reports Apple Insider.

“I don’t want somebody else to run the brand for us”, he was quoted as saying. “We wouldn’t be a very good partner in retail. We like to do things our way”, the Apple CEO mentioned. Apple currently has third-party reseller outlets to sell its devices in the country.

There are reports that Apple has leased a location in Mumbai for its upcoming branded retail store but the company is yet to reveal the location. Apple’s exclusive online store is expected to start functioning in the third quarter this year. The Cupertino-based tech giant is currently selling its devices in India via third-party offline retailers and e-commerce platforms like Flipkart and Amazon.in.

Welcoming the government’s decision to ease the 30 percent local sourcing norm in single-brand retail (SBRT), Apple said last year: “We appreciate the support and hard work by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his team to make this possible and we look forward to one day welcoming customers to India’s first Apple retail store”.

According to Navkendar Singh, Research Director, IDC India, Apple is known for its retail stores, the experience they provide in terms of purchase, staff knowledge and other services. “Considering the importance of offline as a channel in a diverse country like India, where consumers love to touch, feel and experience the products, the stores are a very important touch-point for any consumer company”, Singh told IANS.

The plan for opening owned stores will certainly help Apple in giving a controlled experience of its devices and services as it intends and designed them to be. “In a third-party retail environment, many such things cannot be controlled by the brand. This will only add to the strong premium positioning Apple enjoys in the country”, Singh added.

Apple reached a record 75.6 per cent market share in the fourth quarter of 2019 in India owing to the stellar performance of iPhone 11 and price drop on previous generation models. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), in the premium ($500 or Rs 36,000 and above) segment, Apple reached a record 75.6 per cent market share.

Apple registered double-digit growth in India for iPhones in the holiday quarter (October-December period), Cook announced in January. Apple also registered a good growth in wearables in India. The iPad 2018 model also helped Apple register strong growth in India in 2019. Going forward, thrust on manufacturing high-end iPhones locally along with the first-ever flagship retail store would give Apple a booster in the price-sensitive smartphone market in 2020, according to industry experts

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