Xiaomi has taken seriously the new flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC. At first, right during the SoC announcement, the head of the company Lei Jun confirmed the use of Snapdragon 888 in the Mi 11. Then the head of the Redmi brand, Lu Weibing, announced the preparation of a Redmi phone based on Snapdragon 888. Apparently, such a device will be the Redmi K40 Pro. And now there are details about the third model.
According to a well-known and well-informed in the affairs of Chinese smartphone manufacturers, an insider under the nickname Digital Chat Station, Black Shark is already preparing to release a model codenamed “Emperor” based on Snapdragon 888. Its feature will be the design of the smartphone itself and the charging.
He also assures that the flagship Redmi on Snapdragon 888 will be released much earlier than the Redmi K30 Pro and K30 Pro Zoom, built on Snapdragon 865. Those, we recall, debuted on March 24 this year. If the new model comes out “much earlier”, then its announcement can be expected in January, at the latest in February. That is why the insider does not recommend buying flagship smartphones now – there is simply no point in this, it is better to wait a couple of months before new products on Snapdragon 888 appear on sale.
Samsung, Huawei and Xiaomi topped the smartphone market in Q3 2020
Analytical agency Gartner has published another report on the smartphone market. As it turned out, in the third quarter of this year, 366 million smartphones were sold worldwide; which is 5.7% less than in the same period last year. And although the drop is noticeable, it is less than 20%; which the market fell by in the first half of the year.
Samsung is still the leader with 80.82 million units sold and 22% of the market. In general, of the Top 5 manufacturers, only Samsung and Xiaomi were able to increase sales – by 2.2% and 34.9%, respectively. Huawei is in second place with 51.83 million smartphones sold – its market share is 14.4%. Xiaomi sold 44.41 million smartphones – equivalent to a market share of 12.1%.
Apple is in fourth place. Between July and September, the company sold 40.6 million smartphones – its market share was 11.1%. Interestingly, Oppo is not far from Apple. In the third quarter, it sold 29.89 million smartphones (the market share of this company is 8.2%).