Chinese Smartphones are Now a Force to Reckon with Even Outside of Asia

Chinese Smartphones are Now a Force to Reckon with Even Outside of Asia

Despite continuous efforts and solid product launches, OEMs that used to lead the smartphone race are now struggling to get a hold of the market. As expected, the major reason behind this plummet is the ascending levels of more economical and attractive launches from Chinese manufacturers as well as other new entrants. Troubles for big names including Samsung and even […]

     
 
 

Hey RAM! How Much RAM do you Need on Your Smartphone?

Hey RAM! How Much RAM do you Need on Your Smartphone?

“I am planning to buy a Redmi Note 3. Should I go for the 2 GB / 16 GB version or the 3 GB/ 32 GB version?” “Ideally, you should go for the 3 GB / 32 GB version. You get more storage…” “The storage is not an issue. It takes a memory card. Does the RAM make a huge […]

 
     
 
 

Smartphone OEMs are Finally Growing Up

Smartphone OEMs are Finally Growing Up

They reinvent, they succeed, they move on For years, smartphone manufacturers have tried to dominate each other by bringing some spectacular technologies to our handhelds. In a race for becoming the best in the market, OEMs have stuffed in features overlooking what customers actually need. This has been a periodical problem that has persisted over every season of smartphone launches. […]

 
     
 
 

Demise of Smartphone Contracts and its Effect in the US

Demise of Smartphone Contracts and its Effect in the US

The American smartphone market has been relatively stable compared to India and China. Apple and Samsung have managed to hold on to the No.1 and No.2 positions in the US for quite a few years now. A big part of this has been possible because of contracts, amongst various other factors. The Contract Mafia Contracts were in some ways a […]

 
     
 
 

Windows Phone: the Real Casualty of the Chinese Wave?

Windows Phone: the Real Casualty of the Chinese Wave?

“We used to sell several units a day. Before the Chinese phones started coming,” the executive at a Microsoft (formerly Nokia) store in Delhi is pretty clear about what really sent his brand’s fortunes into decline. And he does have a point. For while many might talk of the impact the high-performance-at-low-price phones from (mainly) Chinese brands have had on […]

     
 
 

Is 2016 Going to See the Return of the Compact Phone?

Is 2016 Going to See the Return of the Compact Phone?

“Yes, we can make a bigger phone. We have. But the question you need to ask is: how big can your hand get?” That was Xiaomi’s Vice President Hugo Barra’s response to a query from a member of the media about why Xiaomi had not endowed the Mi 4i with a larger display. It was mid-2015 and it was high […]

 
     
 
 

Is Rs 6,000 – 16,000 the New “Mid-Segment” in Smartphones?

Is Rs 6,000 – 16,000 the New “Mid-Segment” in Smartphones?

As with so many things these days, it all started with a tweet. We had seen some references to a phone that cost Rs 29,999 (about USD 440) as being a ‘mid-segment’ and felt that this was actually an expensive device and more on the high-end side in price terms. But when we said so, pat came the answer: if […]

 
     
 
 

Acer Launches the Liquid Z530 and the Liquid Z630s Selfie Smartphones in India

Acer Launches the Liquid Z530 and the Liquid Z630s Selfie Smartphones in India

Acer has released two new smartphones under its ‘Liquid’ series for the Indian market, the Liquid Z530 and the Liquid Z630s. The Liquid Z530 is priced at Rs. 6,999 and the Liquid Z630s costs Rs. 10,999, with both handsets currently being exclusive to Flipkart. Acer announced these two handsets back in September during IFA and they have now made their way to India […]

     
 
 

It’s Time to Stop the Smartphone Screen Size Madness

It’s Time to Stop the Smartphone Screen Size Madness

Guest Post by Rohan Naravane. Back in 2010, I had the misfortune of using the Dell Streak, a smartphone with huge screen size of 5 inches. Bear in mind that times were different back then — most phone screens measured anywhere between 3 to 4 inches. The first Galaxy Note that catapulted the big screen trend, was over a year […]