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Huawei now tops Samsung as worldwide smartphone seller

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China’s Huawei has overtaken Samsung to become the number-one smartphone seller worldwide in the second quarter of year 2020.

This is coming on the back of strong domestic demand, industry tracker Canalys said Thursday.

Canalys said the embattled firm, which is facing US sanctions and falling overseas sales, shipped 55.8 million devices — overtaking Samsung for the first time, which shifted 53.7 million units.

The findings marked the first quarter in nine years that a company other than Samsung or Apple has led the market, Canalys said.

US sanctions had “stifled” Huawei’s business outside mainland China, the research group added, but it had grown to dominate its substantial home market.

More than 70 percent of Huawei smartphones are now sold in the country, Canalys said, where Samsung has a very small share of the market.

Huawei said in a statement it was a sign of “exceptional resilience”.

Overseas shipments, however, fell nearly a third in the second quarter and Canalys analyst Mo Jia warned that strength in China alone “will not be enough to sustain Huawei at the top once the global economy starts to recover”.

“Its major channel partners in key regions, such as Europe, are increasingly wary of ranging Huawei devices, taking on fewer models, and bringing in new brands to reduce risk,” Mo said.

Huawei — the world’s top producer of telecoms networking equipment — has become a pivotal issue in the geopolitical standoff between Beijing and Washington, which claims the firm poses a significant cybersecurity threat.

Global tensions

Washington has essentially barred Huawei from the US market and waged a global campaign to isolate the company.

The British government bowed to growing US pressure and pledged earlier this month to remove Huawei from its 5G network by 2027, despite warnings of retaliation from Beijing.

The politically-fraught change requires companies to stop buying new 5G equipment from Huawei starting next year and strip out existing gear by the end of 2027.

On Wednesday the US ambassador in Brasilia warned of “consequences” if Brazil chooses Huawei for the project to develop the next generation of telecommunications technology in Latin America’s most populous country.

Australia and Japan have taken steps to block or restrict the Chinese company’s participation in their 5G rollouts, and European telecoms operators including Norway’s Telenor and Sweden’s Telia have passed over Huawei as a supplier.

The US has also requested the extradition of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on fraud charges, further damaging relations between China and Canada, where she is under house arrest.

Meng, the Chinese telecom giant’s chief financial officer, was arrested on a US warrant in December 2018 during a stopover in Vancouver and has been fighting extradition ever since.

[Source: AFP]

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OPPO Mobile unveils OPPO A92: Here are the powerful features Nigerians will enjoy

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OPPO A92

OPPO Mobile Nigeria, today, introduces a killer mid-range smartphone in the OPPO A92, as well as a lower variant in form of the OPPO A52.

Coming with a refreshing design and powerful settings in both hardware and software, OPPO A92 aims to deliver advanced technology in everyday usage scenarios.

The A Series of OPPO is widely loved by young people around the world, OPPO A92 is built standing on user’s needs. With large capacity of 8GB RAM+128GB ROM and 5000mAh Battery, it levels up the fundamental capabilities.

Together with magnificent 1080P Neo-Display and 48MP AI Quad Camera, OPPO A92 stands out as a full package, offering trendy and dynamic technologies, design and experience.

The Marketing Manager of OPPO Nigeria, Nengi Akinola, emphasised that the OPPO A92 was designed based on the feedback from young Nigerians who often shared their feedback on forums like Nairaland and other Social Media Platforms.

He admitted that the OPPO A92’s predecessor was largely successful and popular since it was released and consumer data revealed that it was very popular among young Nigerians.

During the launch event for the OPPO A92, she also reiterated by saying that OPPO A92’s launch was to further serve young Nigerians with a versatile and powerful product designed in trendy style and most updated tech features. “We have noticed the remarkable market changes in the past few years. The rise of visual expression seeing in social media platform, and the technological advancement utilized in entertainment experience. We hope OPPO A92 can help the young generation to cope with the changes in their lives, find their personal expression style, and to shine at every important moment of life,” said Nengi Akinola, at the launch.

Committed to user-centric philosophy, OPPO A92 is packed with 8GB RAM+128GB ROM to ensure system speed and smoothness. Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, the OPPO A92 is pumped with upgraded features in lower power consumption.

Meanwhile, Hyper Boost efficiently improves the handset’s performance on system level.

To support the powerful system performance, a powerful 5,000 mAh Battery is embedded together with the 18W Fast Charge, which enables OPPO A92 easily help you get through the day without needing a charge.

It also supports reverse charging, allowing you to charge a friend’s phone without needing a power bank.

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OPPO Nigeria Brand Ambassador, Natacha Akide a.k.a Tacha with OPPO A92

To better match the lifestyle and tastes of young Nigerians, OPPO has made some innovative adjustments while designing OPPO A92. For the first time, a Constellation Design is applied on OPPO products.

With 3D Quad-curve design, OPPO A92’s curvature on the back is greatly optimized, leading to a rounder and more comfortable handgrip. Even with a large battery installed, OPPO A92 weighs 192g with a good ergonomic grip.

OPPO A92 with 48 MP AI Quad Camera is a complete package of all the trending photography features. 48MP Ultra HD Main Camera with ½”Extra-large Sensor brings high-resolution imaging capability and high resolving capability, providing users with an on-the-go photography device to explore better detailed clarity in images. The four rear cameras are integrated together and arranged in the form of a letter C, along with the well-designed flash.

The OPPO A92 is designed into an on-the-go filming handset which makes high-quality video shooting and editing more accessible. 4K Video Shooting will deliver high-quality videos that are clearer, more stable, with more vivid colors and no latency, as today’s users are asking for.

The imaging capability under distinctive lighting contrast has been optimized profoundly.

Whether under strong sunlight or at night, flaws like noise and color distortion will be significantly reduced.

As one of OPPO’s signature features, Video Stability is also embedded on OPPO A92 to help users cope up with moving and shaking scenarios. Moreover, Wide Angle Video is added to obtain an even wider field of view.

With OPPO’s self-developed smart editing App Sloop and diversified video filters, users can make their movie-like video ideas come true and become their own directors of life.

Adopting a 6.5-inch 1080P Neo-Display, OPPO A92 takes the flagship design language to the next level. With a front camera embedded, it comes with ultra-high screen-to-body ratio of 90.5%, and only 1.73 mm bezels on left and right.

The resolution of 2400 × 1080 pixels and 405 PPI pixel density have exceeded the recognition limit of human eyes, achieving ultra-immersive visual experience. Holding the Eye Protection Certification by TüV Rheinland, the Eye Care Mode of OPPO A92 can effectively filter out the blue light of the screen, which will significantly reduce the harm to the users’ eyes, ensuring more comfort when using.

Also, the AI Backlight Adjustment will intelligently learn the reading habit of user, to come up with a personalized automatic backlight adjustment.

Side Fingerprint Unlock is also new to the series. On OPPO A92, the Power Button and Fingerprint Recognition Button are integrated on one side, devoting to an intact and simple overall back design. Located on the side, unlocking saves you the trouble to smudge the screen with fingerprints or even pick it up. It is also faster than on-screen fingerprint unlocking with a higher recognition rate.

OPPO A92 offers an amazing audio-visual banquet with many more surprising features.

The Dual Stereo Speakers are set on the top and bottom respectively to boost the surrounding sound effect.

Together with the Dirac 2.0 Sound Effect, OPPO A92 can automatically switch between different sound scenarios, allowing users to immediately enter another world when they turn on the immersive audio.

As OPPO’s latest iteration of its customized Android 10-based operating system, ColorOS 7.1 obtains a lightweight designing language and aims to create an ultimate aesthetic and delightful experience. Multiple modes are supported on OPPO A92 to help users juggle between different aspects of life, including a Simple Mode that shows only the current task in large font, a Multi-user Mode to keep work and life separated, and a Riding Mode specifically for bikers and motor riders. With Quick Return Bubble, OPPO A92 helps you to prioritize and efficiently organize tasks on your phone, making life much easier.

The Real-time Privacy Protection is embedded to enhance the security of users’ personal data.

The A92 is also available in a slightly watered down version in the form of the OPPO A52.

Market availability

Priced at N109,900, OPPO A92 (8GB+128GB) is now available for sale in all 36 states of Nigeria.

Colours are Aurora Purple and Twilight Black.

The OPPO A52 (4GB+128GB) is also available at N94,900. Colours are Twilight Black and Stream White

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OPPO is a leading global smart device brand. Since launching its first smartphone – “Smiley Face” – in 2008, OPPO has been in relentless pursuit of the synergy of aesthetic satisfaction and innovative technology, Today, OPPO provides customers with a wide range of smart devices spearheaded by the Find and Reno series, ColorOS operating system, as well as internet services such as OPPO Cloud and OPPO+.

OPPO operates in more than 40 countries and regions, with 6 research institutes and 4 R&D centers worldwide and an international design center in London, OPPO’s more than 40,000 employees are dedicated to creating a better life for customers around the world.

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OPPO launches OPPO A12, A31 with key capabilities for entry level 

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OPPO A31 and A12

Global smartphone brand, OPPO, recently introduced two new budget smartphones – OPPO A12 & A31. Both smartphone options were designed to be smart answers to the most important needs of the average Nigerian.

They are both built with Long-lasting batteries, Big/clear screens, Big RAM/ROM, Fast Processors, Good Cameras and most importantly, they both have the glamour of the responsive fingerprint unlock sensors.

OPPO A31

OPPO A31

Both the OPPO A12 & A31 were designed to offer highly immersive entertainment experiences. Whether you are watching videos or playing games, the blue light system filters, prevent eye strain and protect your eyesight at all times.

They also support AI Beautification, which automatically detects skin quality, age, gender, and skin tone, and create tailored solutions for different groups to amplify the beautiful elements of each person.

OPPO A12

OPPO A12

For short video lovers, OPPO A12 & A31 comes with Soloop Smart Video Editor that can help you create professional-quality videos with cinematic filters through very easy steps.

In terms of quality, the OPPO A12 & A31 have gone through 100,000 Volume Button Tests, 200,000 Power Button Tests, 28,000 10cm Drop Tests.

And if you need any help, OPPO Nigeria has a robust After-Sales Service Centre with qualified engineers to handle all repairs, issues or phone part requirements.

Below is a summary of all you need to know about OPPO A12 & A31:

A31 A12 Spec

A31 A12 Spec

What you should know about OPPO

OPPO is a leading global smart device brand. Since launching its first smartphone – “Smiley Face” – in 2008, OPPO has been in relentless pursuit of the synergy of aesthetic satisfaction and innovative technology, Today, OPPO provides customers with a wide range of smart devices spearheaded by the Find and Reno series, ColorOS operating system, as well as internet services such as OPPO Cloud and OPPO+.

OPPO operates in more than 40 countries and regions, with 6 research institutes and 4 R&D centers worldwide and an international design center in London, OPPO’s more than 40,000 employees are dedicated to creating a better life for customers around the world.

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Tecno Launches Pouvoir 4 Smartphone series in Nigeria

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Tecno Mobile Nigeria has launched its Pouvoir 4 series of smartphones in Nigeria. The company unveiled the Pouvoir 4 and the Pouvoir 4 pro in a Facebook live event that was hosted by Tobi Ayeni popularly known as Miss Techy.

The Pouvoir 4 series smartphones come with a large  7” dot notch screen that Tecno promises will provide users with a “cinematic-like visual experience…” 

According to the company, this large screen will ultimately provide you with “more exciting entertaining enjoyment, letting you immersed in stunning video effects.”

The phone comes powered by a strong 6000mAh Battery which is very exciting. Tecno says that the 6000mAh battery will give users “long standby for 4 days, perfectly meets your various needs of power supply for daily routines.”

Another eye-catching feature is that the Tecno Pouvioir 4 series come with a dual stereo speaker and digital sound effects based on acoustic measurement and correction. The company says that this feature will “bring you high quality immersive entertaining experience no matter (if) you are using earphones or playing it out loud.”

Below are the full specifications of the smartphone series

Colour Options

  • Cosmic Shine
  • Ice Jadeite
  • Fascinating Purple

General

  • 7″ Dot Notch Screen
  • 6000mAh Battery
  • 13MP AI Quad Camera
  • 32GB ROM + 3GB RAM
  • Dual Stereo Speaker
  • 13MP Quad Rear Camera with Quad Flash
  • 8MP Front Camera with Dual Flash
  • 2.0GHz Quad-Core
  • HiOS based on Android™ 10
  • High Definition Video Recording
  • 4cm Macro Photography
  • AI Bokeh Effect
  • AI Selfie Camera

Specifications

  • Height: 174.9mm
  • Width:79.6mm
  • Thickness: 9.2mm
  • 7″ HD
  • 720*1640 Display
  • Touchscreen
  • 32GB ROM
  • 3GB RAM
  • 2.0GHz Quad-Core
  • 6000mAh(typ)

Network & Connectivity

  • WiFi
  • BT
  • GPS
  • FM
  • OTG

Camera & Interface

  • 8MP Front Camera with Dual Flash
  • 13MP Quad Rear Camera with Quad Flash

Sensor

  • G-Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Fingerprint Sensor

In the Box

  • Phone * 1
  • Charger cable * 1
  • Charger * 1

Price of Tecno Pouvoir 4 in Nigeria

Pouvoir4 Pro is available for N64,500 and Pouvoir4 is available for N54,500.

Where to buy Tecno Pouvoir 4 in Nigeria

Visit any of Tecno’s stores to purchase the latest Pouvoir smartphone series.

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