The latest leak suggests Vivo Y30 is going to launch in the Indian smartphone market. The phone was earlier released two months ago, and now it seems like the Vivo Y30 is coming to India as well. As per the retailer, the price of the handset would be around Rs. 15,000. The phone will feature 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. While we are not sure about the launch date, we can assume that it is going to be soon, as other leaks confirm. The phone is available in blue and Moonstone white colors in Malaysia. The device comes with dual-SIM support and operates on Android 10 with FunTouch OS on top. It features a large HD display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a 6.47-inch screen size.
The phone has a quad-camera system on the rear side that includes a 13-megapixel primary camera lens with f/2.2, an 8-megapixel secondary sensor with ultra-wide-angle f/2.2, a 2.2-megapixel depth sensor lens with f/2.4, and a 2-megapixel shooter lens with f/2.4 aperture. The front camera is of 8-megapixel. The phone is powered by the octa-core MediaTek Helio P35 (MT6765) SoC, paired with 4GB of RAM.
The Vivo Y30 offers multiple connectivity options including i-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth v5.00, USB OTG, FM radio, 3G, and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, and fingerprint sensor. The Vivo Y30 supports face unlock.
The latest data from Counterpoint Research shows that shipments in the Indian smartphone market for the first quarter of 2015 rose 21% year-over-year. On a sequential basis however, shipments declined 8% from the fourth quarter of 2014. Among smartphone manufacturers, Samsung remained on Top with a 27.8% share of Indian smartphone shipments in Q1. That was down 17% from the 33.3% slice of the Indian smartphone market that Sammy owned in the first quarter of 2014. However, the latest data shows a 1.5% increase on a sequential basis from the fourth quarter of 2014.
Despite shipments that are trending lower, Micromax finished behind Samsung with 15.3% of the Indian smartphone market after the first quarter. That is a decline from the 16.7% slice of the Indian smartphone pie that it owned after last year's first quarter, and the 19.5% Micromax owned after Q4 2014.
"There has been significant push by Indian government for "Make in India", and it seems like almost every of the top 10 mobile phone player has expressed their intentions toward setting up a manufacturing plant in India. However, we believe the real "Make in India" developments are still a good 12-18 months away due to the lack of component suppliers' ecosystem. Players like Samsung & Micromax which are already assembling phones in India are well positioned to take advantage of early moves to local manufacturing as compared to other players." - Counterpoint Research.
Although it isn't really a big surprise at this point, Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S8+ is indeed real and it's coming on March 29 (probably). Yesterday, a support page for a Galaxy device with the model number SM-G955FD came online on Samsung's Indian site. As this model number pertains quite specifically to the upcoming Galaxy S8+, all doubts regarding its existence is now extinguished. Additionally, the model also confirms dual SIM support on the device.
Strangely enough, the page disappeared just a few hours after going live. It almost feels like Samsung is teasing the audience with multiple unofficial glimpses to the S8 series this year. First it was the phone in the Super AMOLED ads and now a short-lived support page. Whatever the situation might be, we are quite excited to see what Samsung brings to the plate ultimately when the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are launched next month.
If you are not familiar with the rumors regarding what the S8 is going to bring to the table this year, have a look at it here.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Q1 results are out and it shows that Samsung is still the number one smartphone manufacturer in India in terms of sales figures. It held the number one position in the immensely profitable Indian market with a share of 26%, which is double that of Xiaomi; the runner-up Chinese brand which is also enormously popular for its extremely high value handsets in the budget segment. The third and the fourth positions were held by Vivo and Oppo with 12% and 10% of the market share. Lenovo just managed to squeeze in at the fifth position with 8%, largely thanks to the Moto brand.
The mid-range section of the Indian smartphone market experienced a boom as the market saw an incredible 158% YOY growth, which is stunning, especially when compared with the current condition of the smartphone business in Europe and the US. Even the premium segment grew by 35% YOY and this is where Samsung (48%) had a close shave with its international arch rival; Apple (43%). It should be noted though that in all segments which includes feature phones, budget phones, mid-rangers, high-end handsets and premium flagships, Samsung came out on top and given how competitive the smartphone market has become in India, that's quite an achievement.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
High-end expensive smartphones are pretty much a thing of the past. These days you can easily find an entry-level smartphone with premium-like features with an affordable price tag. The trend of budget-friendly smartphones were introduced due to the competition among Chinese and international smartphone manufacturers. But later on big names like Samsung also joined the trend.
Recently, Samsung has introduced the Galaxy F12, a smartphone with a massive battery size of 6,000mAh and small price of Rs. 10,999 that's about $150. Samsung Galaxy F12 features a 6.5-inch HD+ screen that is good enough for playing video games or watching YouTube videos. The phone comes with eight-core 2GHz Exynos 850 processing chip, 4GB of RAM, and a 64GB of non-expandable storage and 12GB variant for Rs. 11,999. The memory configuration seems reasonable for this price.
The Galaxy F12 comes with a large 6,000mAh battery that comes with a 15W USB-C charger in the box. The device also features a quad-rear camera array that includes a 48Mp ISOCELL GM2 main shooter, a 5MP ultra-wide camera, a 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro camera. The phone features an 8MP front-facing selfie camera sensor.
Galaxy F12 is expected to be launched around April 12. The phone comes with Android 11 operating system with One UI 3.1 ont ht top out of the box. You can shoot 1080p videos at 30fps. The phone is equipped with a loudspeaker, 3.5mm jack, Wi-Fi 802, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, FM radio, and USB Type-C 2.0. There is also a side-mounted fingerprint scanner to add an extra layer of security.
Oppo launched F15 with a single 8GB RAM model earlier this year, but now a new model with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage has been listed on Amazon. Mumbai-based retailer Mahesh Telecom tweeted about the 4GB + 128GB variant of the Oppo F15 that is priced at Rs. 16,990. He showed two phones side by side that was originally launched in two different colors - lightning black and Unicorn white. The rumored blazing blue model seems to be missing. Notable, the Amazon listing is for the Unicorn white variant. The page doesn't show the price. However, reports suggest that it would be under Rs. 18,000 as expect for the phone, specs remain the same.
The Oppo F15 runs on Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6.1.2 on the top and supports the dual-SIM option. It features a 6.4-inch full HD+ AMOLED display with 1080 x 2400 pixels and a 20:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, there is an octa-core MediaTek Helio P70 paired with Mali G72 MP3 GPU and 4GB of RAM. The existing model features 8GB of RAM.
The Oppo F15 has a quad-camera system on the rear side that includes a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel secondary sensor, a 2-megapixel for portrait shots, and a 2-megapixel monochrome sensor. The front camera houses a 16-megapixel sensor in the notch. n terms of storage, Oppo has provided 128GB of UFS 2.1 onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The sensors include an accelerometer, ambient light, gyroscope, magnetometer, pedometer, and a proximity sensor. The Oppo F15 packs a 4,000mAh battery that supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging technology. Lastly, the phone measures 160.2x73.3x7.9mm and weigh 172 grams.
If you live in India and own one of Samsung's Galaxy J5 (2016) smartphones, we have good news for you because reports from all over have confirmed that the handset is indeed getting an OS upgrade to Nougat 7.1.1, a version of the Android OS which is more recent than even the one on the Galaxy S8 (Unless of course, you running the Beta builds of Android 8.0 Oreo on your S8).
Now that you know the good news, time to give you the bad news! According to SamMobile and their sources, some users are experiencing an issue after installing the update. Apparently, the phone keeps crashing on various screens. If it turns out to be true in most cases, then Samsung will either have to release a patch very soon or stop with the roll outs in the region completely. Let's just hope that doesn't happen because it would mean another very long and unexpected wait for Galaxy J5 (2016) owners to get the already late update.
Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
UK was the first region to see Oreo ship out for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge back in May, but now other regions are also joining the list. India has just joined in as one of the regions that are getting the Android 8.0 update for the S7 and S7 Edge in June, alongside UAE. If you live in Europe or South Korea however, you probably already have the update installed, but that's to be expected.
The firmware version carrying the Android Oreo upgrade is G930FXXU2EREM for the Galaxy S7 and G935FXXU2EREM for the Galaxy S7 Edge. Both updates are around the 1.4 GB mark, with firmware version G935FXXU2EREM being slightly larger in size than G930FXXU2EREM. The update patch included with the package is from April though and that's a bit disappointing, given that we are already into the second week of June! Feel free to check for the update manually from the Settings menu, but it you will be prompted once it lands on your smartphone via OTA anyway.
Check out our firmware section to find all the latest updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.
There was a time when Samsung was the undisputed king of the world's second largest smartphone market, which is India, but times have changed and a huge portion of its market share has now been eaten up by Chinese rivals, especially Xiaomi; a brand that has just recently launched the outrageously priced (in the best way possible) Pocophone F1. However, Samsung is not ready to give up without a fight and as part of the band's resurgence attempts in India, Samsung has just launched the biggest Samsung exclusive store in the world at Bengaluru.
The 33,000 square foot place comes in right on the heels of the company launching the world's largest smartphone manufacturing plant (33-acres) at Noida, India in July. The store will also have a service center and it will have all of Samsung's latest and greatest products in the consumer electronics category, as long as it is launched in India of course.