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Poco M4 Pro 5G to Launch on November 9, Company Confirms

Poco M4 Pro 5G is all set to launch on November 9. The company took to social media to confirm the arrival of the Poco M3 Pro 5G successor. The Poco M4 Pro 5G has been leaked on several occasions in the past. It was spotted on spotted on Geekbench just a day before and has been leaked via several certification sites as well. The Poco M4 Pro 5G is likely to see upgrades in the processor and camera departments when compared to its predecessor. The Poco M4 Pro 5G and the Redmi Note 11 model are likely to be very similar as well.

The company confirmed the arrival of the Poco M4 Pro 5G via the Poco Global official Twitter account. The launch date is set for November 9 and the event will begin at 8pm GMT+8 (5.30pm IST). It is confirmed to be a virtual launch event, which means that the Poco M4 Pro 5G launch will be live streamed via Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.

The teaser poster offers no information on the design or specifications of the Poco M4 Pro 5G. The phone has been spotted on multiple certification sites with the model number 21091116AC and 21091116AG. This model number has also been associated with the upcoming Redmi Note 11 model, hinting that the two may be very similar. Even last year, the Poco M3 Pro 5G and the Redmi Note 10 5G were exactly the same in specifications.

Geekbench listing tips that the phone may be powered by the by a MT6833P chip, which could likely be the MediaTek Dimensity 810 SoC or the MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC. In addition, the Poco M4 Pro 5G is tipped to pack 8GB RAM and run on Android 11 software.

The Poco M4 Pro 5G has also been spotted on IMEI, Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) and Compulsory Certificate of China (3C) certification sites. 21091116AC likely to stands for the Chinese variant and the 21091116AG could be for the global model. These certifications tip that the Poco M4 Pro 5G may come with 33W fast charging support and a MediaTek processor.

There is little else that we know about the Poco M4 Pro 5G, but the company will reveal all pricing, availability and specification information about the phone on November 9. Poco has confirmed that this will be the last smartphone launch of the year.

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Redmi Note 11 5G, Redmi Note 11 Pro, Redmi Note 11 Pro+ With MediaTek SoCs Launched: Price, Specifications

Redmi Note 11 series of smartphones were launched officially on Thursday in China. The range includes three variants – Redmi Note 11 5G, Redmi Note 11 Pro, and the Redmi Note 11 Pro+. The latter is the most premium variant of the lot. The Redmi Note 11 Pro and Redmi Note 11 Pro+ have almost identical specifications, apart from battery and fast charging support. The Redmi Note 11 Pro+ packs a 4,500mAh battery with 120W fast charging support. Redmi Note 11 Pro, on the other hand, packs a 5,160mAh battery with 67W fast charging support. All the three models feature a hole-punch display and have multiple cameras at the back.

Redmi Note 11 5G, Redmi Note 11 Pro, Redmi Note 11Pro+ price and sale

The new Redmi Note 11 5G is priced starting at CNY 1,199 (roughly Rs. 14,000) for the 4GB RAM + 128GB storage variant. The phone also comes in 6GB + 128GB, 8GB + 128GB, and 8GB + 256GB models that are priced at CNY 1,299 (roughly Rs. 16,400), CNY 1,499 (roughly Rs. 18,700), and CNY 1,699 (roughly Rs. 21,100), respectively. Redmi Note 11 5G comes in Black Realm, Shallow Dream Galaxy, and Slight Mint colours.

On the other hand, the Redmi Note 11 Pro is priced at CNY 1,599 (roughly Rs. 18,700) for the 6GB + 128GB model. The 8GB + 128GB variant is priced at CNY 1,899 (roughly Rs. 22,300) and the 8GB + 256GB option is priced at CNY 2,099 (roughly Rs. 24,500).

Lastly, the most premium Redmi Note 11 Pro+ will be priced at CNY 1,899 (roughly Rs. 22,200) for the 6GB + 128GB option. It also comes in an 8GB RAM + 128GB storage option that is priced at CNY 2,099 (roughly Rs. 24,500) and 8GB + 256GB version that is priced at CNY 2,299 (roughly Rs. 26,900). The two Pro models come in Misty Forest, Mysterious Black, Shallow Dream Galaxy, and Time Quite Purple hues. All three phones will go on sale from November 1.

Redmi Note 11 5G specifications

On the specifications front, the Redmi Note 11 features a 6.6-inch full-HD display with 90Hz refresh rate and is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 810 SoC. It packs up to 8GB RAM and offers 128GB of internal storage.

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Redmi Note 11 5G is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 810 SoC

As for optics, the Redmi Note 11 sports a dual rear camera setup with a 50-megapixel main camera and an 8-megapixel secondary sensor. Up front, the phone features a 16-megapixel selfie sensor.

Redmi Note 11 supports 33W fast charging and packs a 5,000mAh battery. Connectivity options include 3.5mm audio jack and USB Type-C port. It is IP53 rated.

Redmi Note 11 Pro, Redmi Note 11 Pro+ specifications

Most of the specifications on the Redmi Note 11 Pro and Redmi Note 11 Pro+ are the same. The battery on the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ is a 4,500mAh one but it comes with 120W fast charging support. The Redmi Note 11 Pro, on the other hand, packs a 5,000mAh battery that is rated to come with 67W fast charging support. Both the phones feature a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate, 360Hz touch sampling rate, and a hole-punch design. The Redmi Note 11 Pro and Redmi Note 11 Pro+ are powered by an octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 920 SoC paired with up to 8GB of RAM. Internal storage is offered up to 256GB.

As for optics, the Redmi Note 11 Pro and Redmi Note 11 Pro+ come with a triple rear camera setup that includes a 108-megapixel primary sensor with dual ISO and an f/1.89 aperture. Both the phones feature dual symmetrical JBL-tuned stereo speakers and are also confirmed to have Dolby Atmos and Hi-Res audio support. Connectivity options include NFC, GPS, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.2, USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack, and more. The phones are IP53 rated and come with a VC liquid cooling system.

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Honor X30 Max With a Massive 7.09-Inch Display Launched, Honor X30i Debuts as Well: Price, Specifications

Honor X30 Max and Honor X30i were launched on Thursday as the company’s latest smartphones. Both new Honor X30 models come with MediaTek Dimensity chipsets and have up to 256GB of onboard storage. In terms of distinction, the Honor X30 Max carries a massive 7.09-inch display and dual stereo speakers to target consumers looking for a multimedia device. The Honor X30i, on the other hand, includes features such as a 90Hz display refresh rate and triple rear cameras for people demanding a specifications-driven mid-range phone.

Honor X30 Max, Honor X30i price

Honor X30 Max price has been set at CNY 2,399 (roughly Rs. 28,100) for the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant. The phone also comes in an 8GB + 256GB option that is priced at CNY 2,699 (roughly Rs. 31,600).

The Honor X30i price starts at CNY 1,399 (roughly Rs. 16,400) for the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage option. The phone also has 8GB + 128GB and 8GB + 256GB models that are priced at CNY 1,699 (roughly Rs. 19,900) and CNY 1,899 (roughly Rs. 22,200), respectively.

The Honor X30 Max will go on sale in China in Charm Sea Blue, Magic Night Black, and Titanium Silver colour options starting November 11. The Honor X30i has a Rose Gold shade in addition to the Charm Sea Blue, Magic Night Black, and Titanium Silver colours. It will be available for purchase from November 5. Both phones are also up for pre-orders in the country.

Details about the launch of the Honor X30 Max and Honor X30i in global markets including India are yet to be announced.

Honor X30 Max specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Honor X30 Max runs on Android 11 with Magic UI 5.0 on top and features a 7.09-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,280 pixels) display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and a waterdrop-style notch. It is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 900 SoC, along with 8GB of RAM. The phone comes with a dual rear camera setup that houses a 64-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.8 lens and a 2-megapixel depth sensor with an f/2.4 lens.

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Honor X30 Max carries dual rear cameras
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For selfies and video chats, the Honor X30 Max offers an 8-megapixel selfie camera sensor at the front with an f/2.0 lens.

The Honor X30 Max has up to 256GB of onboard storage. Connectivity options include 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.1, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, magnetometer, and proximity sensor. There is also a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. Besides, the phone packs a 5,000mAh battery that supports 22.5W fast charging.

Honor X30i specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Honor X30i runs on Magic UI 5.0 based on Android 11. It comes with a 6.7-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,388 pixels) display with a 19.9 aspect ratio and a hole-punch design. Under the hood, the Honor X30i has an octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 810 SoC, coupled with up to 8GB of RAM. There is a triple rear camera setup that comes with a 48-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.8 lens, along with a 2-megapixel macro shooter and a 2-megapixel depth sensor with an f/2.4 lens. Honor has provided an 8-megapixel selfie camera sensor at the front of the Honor X30i, along with an f/2.0 lens.

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Honor X30i comes with a triple rear camera setup
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For storing content, the Honor X30i has up to 256GB of internal storage. Connectivity options include 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.1, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, magnetometer, and proximity sensor. There is also a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.

The Honor X30i packs a 4,000mAh battery that supports 22.5W fast charging. It also has 7.45mm of thickness.


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Apple Results Hit by Supply Chain Woes, CEO Tim Cook Says Holiday Quarter Impact Will Be Worse

Supply chain woes cost Apple $6 billion (roughly Rs. 44,890 crore) in sales during the company’s fiscal fourth quarter, which missed Wall Street expectations, and Chief Executive Tim Cook said that the impact will be even worse during the current holiday sales quarter.

Cook told Reuters on Thursday the quarter ended September 25 had “larger than expected supply constraints” as well as pandemic-related manufacturing disruptions in Southeast Asia. While Apple had seen “significant improvement” by late October in those Southeast Asian facilities, the chip shortage has persisted and is now affecting “most of our products,” Cook said.

“We’re doing everything we can do to get more (chips) and also everything we can do operationally to make sure we’re moving just as fast as possible,” Cook said.

Cook said the company expects year-over-growth for its quarter ending in December. Analysts expect growth of 7.4 percent to $119.7 billion (roughly Rs. 8,95,413 crore).

“We’re projecting very solid demand growth year over year. But we are also predicting that we’re going to be short of demand by larger than $6 billion,” Cook said.

Shares of the Cupertino, California-based company, which had risen nearly 15 percent this year, fell 3.4 percent in extended trading on Thursday. The dip could make Microsoft the world’s most valuable company after a run-up in Microsoft shares on the strength of its cloud computing business.

Apple’s results were mixed in a fiscal fourth quarter seen as a lull before the high-sales holiday end of year.

Apple said revenues and profits for the fiscal fourth quarter were $83.4 billion (roughly Rs. 6,23,739 crore) and $1.24 (roughly Rs. 92) per share, compared with analyst estimates of $84.8 billion (roughly Rs. 6,34,241 crore) and $1.24 per share, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

The results were a rocky end to a fiscal year of above-expectations sales led by its iPhone 12 models and strong sales of Mac computers and iPads for working and learning from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apple told investors in July that chip constraints would start to hit its iPhone and iPad lineups for the first time in the fourth quarter.

Apple posted its results shortly after retailer Amazon forecast holiday-quarter sales well below Wall Street expectations, citing labor supply shortages and global supply chain issues in part.

Apple has “managed to navigate the problems fairly well, but hasn’t escaped unscathed, and an extended duration of these problems will spell trouble, especially because the market is unforgiving when it comes to Apple’s performance,” said Sophie Lund-Yates, equity analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown.

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Apple missed expectations in two key categories.

Apple said fourth-quarter iPhone sales were $38.9 billion (roughly Rs. 2,90,968 crore), short of estimates of $41.5 billion (roughly Rs. 3,10,415 crore), according to Refinitiv data.

Cook said that chips made with older technology remain the key supply constraint. He said that Apple remains unsure whether the shortages will ease after the holiday shopping season.

“It’s very difficult to call,” Cook told Reuters.

The company’s accessories segment, which contains fast-growing categories like its AirPods wireless headphones, came in at $8.8 billion (roughly Rs. 65,837 crore), half a billion dollars lower than analyst expectations of $9.3 billion (roughly Rs. 69,575 crore), according to Refinitiv data.

Other segments fared better. Sales for iPads and Macs were $8.3 billion (roughly Rs. 65,823 crore) and $9.2 billion (roughly Rs. 68,815 crore), compared with analyst estimates of $7.2 billion (roughly Rs. 53,855 crore) and $9.2 billion, according to Refinitiv data.

The company’s services segment — which contains its App Store business — had sales of $18.3 billion (roughly Rs. 1,36,897 crore) in revenue, up 26 percent, compared with analyst expectations of $17.6 billion (roughly Rs. 1,31,661 crore). Cook told Reuters that Apple now has 745 million paid subscribers to its platform, up from the 700 million it disclosed a quarter ago.

“Services were strong, and it shows the beauty and durability of software and services, as there are better margins and no supply issues, since software doesn’t arrive on a container ship,” said Hal Eddins, chief economist at Apple shareholder Capital Investment Companies.

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Apple Doubled Its Business in India in Fiscal 2021, CEO Tim Cook Says

Apple doubled its business in India in the fiscal 2021, CEO Tim Cook said during the company’s earnings call on Friday. The executive also stated that the company earned nearly one-third of its revenue from emerging markets in the fiscal year. Despite the growing progress in India, the Cupertino company missed Wall Street expectations due to supply constraints owing to COVID-19 and its outcomes in key markets. Apple said that it generated a quarterly revenue of $83.4 billion (roughly Rs. 6,23,800 crore) in the fourth quarter that ended September 25.

“We are optimistic about the future, especially as we see strong demand for our new products,” Cook, 60, said while addressing investors during the earnings call.

The executive did not reveal the factors that helped Apple achieve the notable growth in India. However, he did highlight that the iPhone maker “grew double digits in each geographical segment, setting September quarter records in both developed and emerging markets.”

Notably, this is not the first time when Cook has vaguely talked about Apple’s growth in India and showed optimism about further success in emerging markets. In January, too, he had said that the company’s business in India doubled in the previous quarter. He had also informed about achieving a “quarterly record” in the Indian market in October last year.

Just before the festive season in the country, Apple introduced the iPhone 13 series that helped reposition the iPhone 12 models. The repositioning also resulted in a dip in the prices of older iPhones.

Nevertheless, some market experts believe that updates from Apple were not the primary reason for its success in the country.

“What has definitely changed is the growth in the luxury segment across all products,” said Faisal Kawoosa, Founder and Chief Analyst of market insights firm TechArc.

He added that even in the smartphone market in India, the luxe segment (Rs. 50,000 and above as defined by TechArc) has doubled in a year’s time by volume. This is because the segment of luxury devices and products and even a segment lower were somewhat shielded from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on many fronts, he said.

The analyst also cited market insights to underline that Apple crossed three million units in iPhone sales in India last year alone and is expected to cross the four million mark this year.

Prabhu Ram, Head of Industry Intelligence Group at market research firm CMR told Gadgets 360 that Apple continued to have a “stellar run” in India. He said that the old-generation iPhone models, especially the iPhone 12, contributed to the company’s success in the quarter, alongside the iPhone 11.

“The increased share of local assembly, strong retail initiatives including on the online store, and aggressive marketing initiatives — all contributed to Apple’s success during the festive sales,” Ram said.

He also noted that irrespective of the current supply constraints, Apple was doing well and was on course for its “best showing ever” in the country.

According to the data shared by CMR, Apple’s iPhone received a year-on-year (YoY) shipments growth of 28 percent. The firm also predicts that for the entire year, the iPhone lineup in the country would grow its market share to 3.5 percent from the existing three percent, with iPhone shipments reaching the new milestone of five million units shipped.

That said, the ongoing supply constraints have impacted Apple in the last quarter as it missed Wall Street’s revenue estimate of $84.8 billion (roughly Rs. 6,34,200 crores).

“We estimate these constraints had around a $6 billion (roughly Rs. 44,900 crores) revenue dollar impact, driven primarily by industry-wide silicon shortages and COVID-related manufacturing disruptions,” Cook said.


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Samsung Leads Q3 Global Smartphone Shipments, Apple Beats Xiaomi Amid Market Slowdown: IDC

Samsung continued to reign over the global smartphone market in third quarter even as overall shipments declined, reports IDC. The South Korean tech giant is said to have shipped 69 million handsets in Q3 to secure a 20.8 percent market share. The new data suggests that worldwide smartphone shipments declined 6.7 percent year-on-year (YoY). Even though Samsung sliced the biggest portion of the market, it saw a YoY decline of 14.2 percent in shipments. Apple reportedly trumped Xiaomi to take the second position in the global smartphone market and witnessed the biggest YoY growth of 20.8 percent.

IDC’s third-quarter report for global smartphone shipments in 2021 suggests that the double-digit growth seen in the early quarter has now come to an end. This decline is largely attributed to the supply chain and component shortages faced in the industry. Samsung’s shipments declined from 80.4 million in Q3 2020 to 60.9 million Q3 2021. Its YoY market share reduced from 22.7 percent to 20.8 percent, seeing a YoY decline in growth by 14.2 percent. Xiaomi slid down to the third position with its shipments declining from 46.5 million in Q3 2020 to 44.3 million this year in the same quarter. A year-on-year decline of 4.6 percent bore witness, as per IDC.

Apple secured the second position, according to IDC, by shipping 50.4 million units in the third quarter of this year compared to 41.7 million in the same quarter last year. Its market share reportedly saw a significant increase from 11.7 percent in Q3 2020 to 15.2 percent in Q3 2021.

Vivo and Oppo reportedly shipped 33.3 million and 33.2 million smartphone units in Q3 2021, respectively. The two OEMs saw positive annual growth, unlike Samsung and Xiaomi. Oppo registered an annual growth of 6.8 percent while Vivo saw annual growth of 5.8 percent in Q3 2021, reports IDC.

The data says the worldwide smartphone shipments stood at 331.2 million in Q3 2021, a YoY decline compared to the same period last year. The report says that the slowdown in shipments was due to supply chain problems and more pronounced in regions like Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and Asia/ Pacific (excluding Japan and China) (APeJC). However, in regions like the US, Western Europe, and China, the declines were much less pronounced, as these regions are usually given priority by vendors.


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Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com.
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Redmi Note Series Global Sales Surpass 240 Million, Xiaomi Promises 10,000 Stores

Redmi Note series has reportedly sold over 240 million units globally, the company has announced. In February this year, Xiaomi had said the global sales of the Redmi Note series smartphones crossed 200 million units. This is to say the series shipped another 40 million units in just the last seven months. The first Redmi Note series phone was launched by Xiaomi back in 2014. Since then, the Chinese smartphone maker has consistently unveiled new handsets in the lineup with the Redmi Note 11 series being the latest. Additionally, Xiaomi said it will reach the global milestone of 10,000 stores by end of this month.

Citing Redmi General Manager Lu Weibing, a report by IThome says that the global sales of the Redmi Note series have crossed 240 million units. The announcement was made during the Redmi Note 11 series launch event on Thursday, October 28. However, Xiaomi has not shared individual figures for different generations of phones in the Redmi Note series.

Separately, Lu Weibing on Weibo announced that the company will have opened more than 10,000 Xiaomi stores by the end of October. The 10,000th store will be the Shenzhen Happy Harbor store.

Just in February this year, Xiaomi had announced that the global sales of its Redmi Note series had surpassed 200 million units.

Xiaomi unveiled the Redmi Note 11 series on Thursday in China. The new range includes three smartphones — Redmi Note 11 5G, Redmi Note 11 Pro, and the Redmi Note 11 Pro+.

Redmi Note 11 5G features a 6.6-inch full-HD display with a 90Hz refresh rate and is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 810 SoC. It packs up to 8GB RAM and offers 128GB of internal storage. Redmi Note 11 features a dual rear camera setup and packs a 5,000mAh battery that supports 33W fast charging.

Redmi Note 11 Pro and Redmi Note 11 Pro+ offer the same specifications, apart from battery and fast charging support. Both the handsets feature a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a 360Hz touch sampling rate, and a hole-punch design. The Redmi Note 11 Pro and Redmi Note 11 Pro+ are powered by octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 920 SoCs paired with up to 8GB of RAM. Internal storage is offered up to 256GB. Both the smartphones feature a quad rear camera setup that includes a 108-megapixel primary sensor. Redmi Note 11 Pro+ is equipped with a 4,500mAh battery with 120W fast charging support while the Redmi Note 11 Pro packs a 5,000mAh battery that is rated to come with 67W fast charging support.


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Bosch to Invest More Than EUR 400 Million in Chip Production in Germany, Malaysia Next Year

German technology group Robert Bosch has earmarked more than EUR 400 million (roughly Rs. 3,490 crore) for investments in microchip production in Germany and Malaysia next year to ease a global shortage.

A lack of chips for automakers has disrupted vehicle production around the world, with suppliers relying almost exclusively on chips from only a few manufacturers in Asia and the United States.

The largest part of Bosch’s budget will be spent on a faster expansion of its Dresden, Germany factory for 300-millimeter wafers, which the group inaugurated in June, it said in a statement on Friday.

About EUR 50 million (roughly Rs. 436 crore) will be invested at a site in Reutlingen near Stuttgart making 200-millimeter wafers, said the company, which also makes car parts and factory automation systems.

Another project to be funded will be the construction of a semiconductor testing facility in Penang, Malaysia, it added, without specifying the level of investment.

Intel, the biggest maker of processor chips for PCs and data centres, said last month it could invest up to EUR 80 billion (roughly Rs. 698 crore) in Europe over the next decade.

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Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro Facing Screen Flickering & Green Tint Problems, Some Early Users Complain

Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are affected by issues including screen flickering and unexpected green tint effect, some affected users are reporting online. The problems are notably observed and brought into notice just a day after the Pixel 6 series went on sale in the US. Both new Google Pixel phones come with the company’s proprietary Tensor SoC and run on Android 12 out-of-the-box. The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro also have artificial intelligence (AI) backed camera enhancements.

Multiple users have reported on Reddit about the flickering issue that emerges when the power button is pressed on the Pixel 6 Pro. The issue was also noticed by Android Police and existed on one of its review units. It is, however, unclear whether the problem is also available on the regular Pixel 6 model as most user complaints are about the Pixel 6 Pro.

One of the affected users has created a brief video to replicate the problem. Some users believe that the flickering could be due to static charge that the phone would release upon pressing the power button.

In addition to the flickering problem, some Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro users experienced the green tint effect that suddenly appears on the display.

Another user on Twitter has reported that he noticed a two hole-punch design on the Pixel 6 Pro due to some bug. The user posted a video on the social media platform that shows the secondary hole-punch cutout, which could be due to some dead pixels on the display.

Through all the reported complaints, it is unclear whether the issues are due to buggy software or because of some hardware problems.

Gadgets 360 has reached out to Google for a comment on the matter and will update this space when the company responds.

The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro were launched last week. Both new phones come with the custom-designed Tensor SoC. The phones also come in a new design that is IP68-certified for dust and water resistance.

Following the official launch, Google confirmed to Gadgets 360 that both new Pixel phones are not planned to launch in India.


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Xiaomi Leads Indian Smartphone Market in Q3 2021, Apple Fastest Growing Brand: Counterpoint

Xiaomi led the Indian smartphone market shipments in Q3 2021 with 22 percent share, as per Counterpoint’s latest research. The total Indian smartphone shipments cross 52 million units in the third quarter, and while Xiaomi is on top, Apple was the fastest growing brand this quarter. Xiaomi’s top position was driven by the Redmi 9 and Redmi Note 10 series. Samsung remained the second-largest smartphone brand in India with its shipments reportedly registering a 19 percent share. According to the report, OnePlus its highest ever shipments in India with the Nord series’ cumulative shipments crossing 3 million units.

Counterpoint’s latest report on Indian smartphone shipments in Q3 2021 shows that Xiaomi, Samsung, Vivo, Realme, and Oppo were the top performing brands, in that order. As mentioned, Xiaomi is reported to have a market share of 22 percent. Four smartphones from Xiaomi – Redmi 9A, Redmi 9 Power, Redmi Note 10, and Redmi 9 – captured the top four positions in the best-selling list. All these four phones are reported to have clocked more than a million shipments in the third quarter, with the Redmi 9A being the best-selling model in 2021 till date.

Samsung comes in second with 19 percent smartphone market share in India, according to Counterpoint. It is said to have led the mid-to upper-tier price segment (Rs. 10,000 – Rs. 30,000) with a 25 percent market share. The brand is said to have captured the second position in the 5G smartphone segment driven by the Samsung Galaxy M42, Samsung Galaxy M52, Samsung Galaxy A22 and Samsung Galaxy A52s models. The report says that the newly launched Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 also had a strong start in India.

Vivo held the third position, according to Counterpoint, in Q3 2021 with 15 percent market share. Realme reportedly followed with 14 percent market share and Oppo is said to have taken the fifth position in Q3 2021 with a 10 percent share. In India, Counterpoint says Apple was the fastest growing brand in the third quarter with 212 percent year over year growth. It led the premium smartphone market space and the ultra-premium space with a 44 percent and 74 percent market share, respectively.

Counter point says that the OnePlus Nord series was well received in India with the company registering a 55 percent YoY growth in Q3 2021. I registered its highest ever shipments in India. The newly launched OnePlus Nord 2 and Nord CE 5G were reported to be the driving factors in OnePlus growth. The report adds that the 5G smartphone shipments crossed the 10-million mark for the first time in Q3 2021. Vivo is said to be the top 5G smartphone brand followed by Samsung, OnePlus and Realme.

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