Apple Sold Record 22 Million iPhone Units in the US in the Holiday Season: Counterpoint

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Apple sold a record 22.39 million smartphones in the US in the holiday season last year, increasing its market share from 37 percent to 44 percent — the highest ever for Apple on home turf, a new report said on Wednesday.

Since its launch on November 3, with nearly eight million units sold, iPhone X outsold iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus by a 2:1 margin in the US.

According to Counterpoint Research’s Market Pulse programme, 51.2 million smartphones were sold during the holiday season quarter of 2017.

Apple shipped a record 22 million iPhones for the first time ever in a quarter in the US which is an impressive feat because the Q4 promotional season was not nearly as aggressive as previous years,” Research Director Jeff Fieldhack said in a statement.

Apple was able to grow their sell through 20 percent in a market that only grew 2 percent compared to last year. This means Apple has been successful to take share away from Samsung in the premium segment,” he added.

There are reports that iPhone X has disappointed on a global level, including in China, and the higher price ensured the demand remained softer than expected.

“But this has not been the case in the US market. The consumers, on an average, are probably on their third or fourth iPhone and are willing to pay for the Apple ecosystem which is much stronger in the US than, for example, in China,” said Research Director Neil Shah.

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Samsung to Hire 1,000 R&D Engineers in India This Year

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In line with its commitment to hire 2,500 engineers for R&D in India in the next three years, Samsung on Wednesday said the company will hire 1,000 engineers from top engineering colleges including IITs, NITs and IIITs this year.

With a thrust on New-Age domains like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning (ML), biometrics, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Augmented Reality (AR) and networks including 5G, Samsung will hire 300 students from IITs this year.

The company will hire 35 students from IIT-Bombay, 32 from IIT-Delhi, 22 from IIT-Madras, 45 from IIT-Guwahati and 29 students from IIT-Kharagpur, among others.

Samsung India has three R&D centres — in Bengaluru, Noida and Delhi.

“Samsung is extremely bullish on R&D in India and this focus on R&D has helped us cement our Number 1 position in the Indian market. The three R&D centres in India work on several cutting-edge technologies,” Dipesh Shah, Managing Director, Samsung R&D Institute India, Bengaluru and Global Senior Vice President, Samsung, said in a statement.

Apart from IITs and NITs, Samsung is also hiring quality talent from other premier institutes such as the Delhi College of Engineering, BITS Pilani, Manipal Institute of Technology and IIITs, among others.

Last year, Samsung hired 800 engineers for its R&D facilities, out of which 300 were from IITs.

Apart from the traditional domain of computer science, students were hired from streams such as electrical engineering, mathematics and computing, applied mechanics and statistics, among others.

Samsung has a total of 32 R&D centres across the world and the Bengaluru one is Samsung’s largest R&D centre outside South Korea.

“As part of our ‘Make for India’ initiative, R&D centres in India also work on developing innovations that are centred on the needs of Indian consumers and also contribute to innovations for global products,” Shah said.

Nokia 3310 4G Launched: Features, Specifications, and More

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The Nokia 3310 4G has now been officially launched in China, weeks after receiving TENAA certification. HMD Global, the company licensing the Nokia brand, has silently listed the 4G variant of the Nokia 3310 on the official Nokia site and has partnered with China Mobile to make the new model available in the country. Price and global availability details of the new Nokia 3310 variant are likely to be announced at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 in Barcelona, Spain, next month.

Nokia 3310 4G comes in two colour options: Fresh Blue and Deep Black. It is available as an upgrade to the modernised Nokia 3310 that was launched in a 2G variant in India May last year. Unlike the Nokia 3310 2G that runs Nokia Series 30+ OS and its 3G variant that was debuted on Java-based Feature OS, the 4G variant comes with YunOS, which is a forked Android version built by China’s Alibaba. The phone also comes with a preloaded MP3 player. The China launch was first reported by Nokia Power User.

The YunOS-based Nokia 3310 4G features a 2.4-inch QVGA (240×320 pixels) colour display. Compared to 16MB storage available on its original 2G version, the 4G variant has 256MB of RAM and 512MB of onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 64GB). The phone sports a 2-megapixel camera sensor on the back with an LED flash. Further, it packs a 1200mAh battery that is rated to deliver up to five hours of talk time on a 4G VoLTE network and 16 hours of music playback on a single charge. The handset has 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

OnePlus Buyback Programme Now Available for OnePlus 5T in India

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The OnePlus Buyback services are provided by Manak Waste Management Pvt Ltd. (Cashify). Notably, the Buyback service can only be availed after a new smartphone order has been placed on the company’s website. Also, the exchange facility is available only on select smartphones and pin codes.

In order to avail the offer, the user initially has to provide details of the old smartphone and check the buyback details in the page. Now, the user has to buy the new OnePlus 5 or OnePlus 5T. After the handset is delivered to the buyer, a team from Cashify will get in touch with the user to fix an appointment. After a verification, the user will get cash in exchange for the old smartphone, at the time of pickup.

The OnePlus Buyback offer is available in these cities – Ahmedabad, Agra, Bangalore, Bhopal, Baroda, Vadodara, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Gandhinagar, Gurgaon, Howrah, Hyderabad, Secunderabad, Indore, Lucknow, Jalandhar, Kanpur, Kolkata, Ludhiana, Mohali, Mumbai, Noida, Nagpur, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Puducherry, Panchkula, Surat, and Thane.

Users can exchange smartphones from brands such as Apple,Asus, BlackBerry, Gionee, Google, HTC, Huawei, Intex, Karbonn, Lenovo, LeEco, LG, Xiaomi, Micromax, Motorola, Panasonic, Sony, Samsung, Vivo, Xolo, and Oppo.

Users can check for the eligibility and approximate buyback offer on OnePlus’ official website. For example, an Apple iPhone 7 32GB can get you up to Rs. 27,300 under the exchange offer. Interestingly, if you want to upgrade from your OnePlus 5 to OnePlus 5T, you can avail up to Rs. 20,700 for the 32GB model and up to Rs. 23,100 for the 128GB variant. OnePlus says, the availability of original accessories may or may not impact the final quote.

OnePlus 5T sports a 6.01-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 2160 pixels. The OnePlus 5T price in India starts from Rs. 32,999. The smartphone is powered by 2.45GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC and it comes in 6GB and 8GM RAM variants. It packs a 20-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 16-megapixel front shooter for selfies. The OnePlus 5T runs Android 7.1.1 and is powered by a 3300mAh non-removable battery.