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This week saw the outcome of the battle for smartphone shares in India, the launch of an exorbitantly-priced phone, some laptop unveilings and smartphone launches from companies like Huawei and BlackBerry. Also, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi’s subsidiary brand Huami introduced its smartwatches. Here is a roundup of what went on in the world of tech this week.
BlackBerry KEY2: BlackBerry’s new smartphone with dual-rear camera, QWERTY keypad
Optiemus Infracom, the company licenced to sell BlackBerry phones in India, launched BlackBerry KEY2 in the country at Rs 42,990. Just like the BlackBerry KEYOne, the BlackBerry KEY2 will also be exclusively available on Amazon India website, starting July 31. The smartphone comes in Black colour, sports a 4.5-inch display and is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor paired with 6GB of RAM. The device comes in two storage options — 64GB and 128GB. The storage can be further expanded up to 2TB by adding a microSD card. Running Android 8.0 Oreo operating system, the device comes with hybrid dual-SIM support and dual rear camera
Huawei Nova 3, Nova 3i: Smartphones with 4 AI-powered cameras launched in India
Chinese brand Huawei launched the Nova 3 and Nova 3i. Both handsets boast of sporting a dual camera setup on both front and back, with AI-support. Moreover, both handsets support Huawei’s QMoji, AI-powered 3D emojis, which is quite similar to Apple’s Animojis. Readers must note that both the Nova 3 and Nova 3i were launched in China earlier this month, along with Talkband B5 wearable.
The Huawei Nova 3 costs Rs 34,999 for the variant that offers 6GB RAM with 128GB internal storage. As for the Huawei Nova 3i, this device comes at Rs 20,990. Both the devices will be exclusively available on Amazon and the customers can pre-book the devices now
Samsung takes back No. 1 spot in Indian smartphone market from Xiaomi
Samsung finally regained the No. 1 position in the Indian smartphone market. The company toppled Xiaomi to claim the top spot in the country during the second quarter of 2018, according to Counterpoint research. The report says that the smartphone market returned to its double-digit growth (year-on-year). As per the latest figures, Samsung achieved 29% market share in the country. The other three Chinese smartphone brands that took the third, fourth and fifth spot are Vivo, Oppo and Honor (sub-brand of Huawei). The three brands captured 12%, 10% and 3% respectively. While Honor moved up from 1% in Q2 2017, Oppo (including Realme) stayed flat with 10% and Vivo dropped by 1%. The ‘Others’ segment captured the remaining 18%.
Acer Predator Helios 500 gaming laptop launched in India
Acer this week launched its new Predator Helios 500 gaming notebook in India. The Predator Helios 500 comes in two variants, featuring up to 8th Gen Intel Core i9-8950HK with Nvidia GTX1070 8GB Graphics or AMD Ryzen 7 2700 with AMD Vega 56 Graphics. The Intel Ci9 variant is available starting from Rs 2,49,999