Lenovo, Xiaomi See Gains in Indian Smartphone Market in Q3 2016

Lenovo, Xiaomi See Gains in Indian Smartphone Market in Q3 2016: Canalys

  • Micromax, Intex & Lava have seen a downfall in their smartphone shipment
  • Lenovo displaced Micromax to take the second spot in terms of shipments
  • Xiaomi has reached the number four spot in terms of shipments

According to a market research firm, the Indian smartphone market in Q3 2016 experienced a 20 percent year-on-year growth in terms of shipments, growing to 30 million units. Samsung grew along with the market, and retained a lead of just over 20 percent. Other manufacturers like Micromax, Intex, and Lava have seen a slump in their shipments in the country whereas Chinese mobile giants – Lenovo and Xiaomi have climbed to get the second and fourth positions respectively.

Canalys on Tuesday published its report for Q3 2016 smartphone shipments in India, giving an insight into the smartphone growth in the country. Lenovo has ousted Micromax from the second spot, and the research firm cites an increase in offline sales as the reason for its growth in shipments. Micromax stands at the third spot. Xiaomi, on the other hand, has reached the number four spot, thanks to an increased number of shipments – a 170 percent growth year-on-year, and more than double when compared to the previous quarter. Canalys says this was the company’s strongest quarter yet in India, in terms of shipments.

Canalys Analyst, Rushabh Doshi, says, “Lenovo’s focus on offline channels and Xiaomi’s move away from being an online-only vendor have clearly helped.”The number of smartphones that support 4G LTE are increasing in the country, with almost every manufacturer increasing its 4G portfolio. The new entrants like Lyf have also climbed to gain good positions on the ladder, with Lyf itself holding the fifth position. The advent of recently-launched Reliance Jio has shot up the 4G smartphone market in India, among other reasons to boost up to the new statistics.

Doshi adds, “Indian consumers are increasingly looking past local players’ smartphones in favour of international brands. There is ongoing portfolio consolidation as local players change their product strategies, emphasizing the 4G-enabled models that are now becoming mainstream. Besides having a strong LTE portfolio, channel strategy is increasingly important for smart phone success… ‘Despite its smartphone shipments halving, Micromax held onto third place, but it is coming under pressure from Xiaomi and fifth-placed Lyf.”

In a related news, India is also predicted to reach 1 billion unique mobile subscribers by 2020, as per a latest report published by GSMA at an event in Gurgaon. The 4G connections in the country are also forecast to grow rapidly, growing from just three million at the end of 2015 to 280 million by 2020, the report says.

Lenovo India Says Will Open 150 Exclusive Service Centres by March

Lenovo India Says Will Open 150 Exclusive Service Centres by March

Mobile device maker Lenovo plans to open 150 exclusive service centres by March in over 60 towns, a top company official said Thursday.

“We are planning to open 150 exclusive service centres by March for our products in over 60 towns that jointly account for 80 percent of our customer base,” Sudhin Mathur, Executive Director Lenovo MobileBusiness Group said.

The company will open 100 exclusive service centres by October, he said. He was speaking on thesidelines of launch of 4G smartphone models of Lenovo Z2 Plus. The smartphone is priced at Rs. 17,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant, and Rs. 19,999 for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant. The smartphone will be exclusively available via Amazon India from Sunday midnight, in Black and White colour variants.

The Lenovo Z2 Plus will not run Cyanogen OS like its predecessor, the Lenovo Zuk Z1. Running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with the company’s own skin atop, the Z2 Plus comes with the Google Now Launcher preloaded. The company is also touting gesture shortcuts on the Z2 Plus via the fingerprint scanner. It also sports a dedicated pedometer and industry-grade accelerometer.

The Lenovo smartphone also comes preloaded with the company’s new U-Health app, and the hardware and software together make the smartphone a great activity tracker, Lenovo says. The U-Health app has been developed by the Zuk team. It can track data for steps, distance, running, and other physical activities. The Lenovo Z2 Plus sports a rollcage design, and a fibre glass frame.

Written with inputs from PTI

Lenovo Z2 Plus

Lenovo Z2 Plus

Display

5.00-inch

Processor

2.15GHz

Front Camera

8-megapixel

Resolution

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

3GB

OS

Android 6.0.1

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery capacity

3500mAh

 

Lenovo Phab 2 seasoned ‘Tango’ smartphone With 4 Cameras, 6.4-Inch display released

At the Lenovo Tech international 2016 occasion in San Francisco, Yang Yuanqing – Chairman and CEO of Lenovo – announced the primary consumer facing venture Tango cellphone for the duration of the keynote address on Thursday. With the client release, Google has graduated the undertaking to call it simply Tango.

Called the Lenovo Phab 2 seasoned, the phone became evolved in collaboration with Google, and is supposed to make “AR and VR as pervasive as your GPS.” The smartphone will become globally available on retail cabinets in September, and Lenovo said they’re anticipated to start delivery from online shops in August. The Lenovo Phab 2 pro is priced at $499 (kind of Rs. 33,500).

Project Tango is focused around gadget vision, with a camera and sensor setup that provides motion monitoring, depth notion, and region learning. this will enable augmented truth packages like indoor navigation, seek, and gaming. With depth sensing, it can be used gesture monitoring in digital fact.

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To enable all this, the Lenovo Phab 2 pro sports activities a 6.4-inch QHD IPS show, and a total of 4 cameras. It bears a eight-megapixel front camera, a 16-megapixel rear RGB camera, a intensity-sensing infrared digicam with an imager and an emitter, as well as a motion tracking digital camera. it is powered by means of an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC, coupled with 4GB of RAM. The Phab 2 pro bears a 4050mAh battery it is promised to deliver a 15-hour battery life. It also sports Dolby Atmos audio era for its speakers, apart from Dolby Audio five.1 seize generation for recording 3D sound.

Lenovo also introduced a unique Tango app shop will be ready with 25 apps at launch, with the wish to attain 100 apps via 12 months-give up.

The organization announced the Lenovo Phab 2 (priced at $199, or kind of Rs. thirteen,500) and the Lenovo Phab 2 Plus (priced at $299, or more or less Rs. 20,000). both smartphones function 6.4-inch shows, however wherein the previous capabilities an HD show, the latter bears a complete-HD show.

Even as the Phab 2 bears a 13-megapixel rear camera and a five-megapixel front digicam, the Phab 2 Plus bears dual thirteen-megapixel rear cameras with Fujitsu Milbeaut imaging software, and a 8-megapixel front digital camera. the former is powered via a quad-middle MediaTek MT8735 SoC, coupled with 2GB of RAM, whilst the latter is powered with the aid of an octa-center MediaTek MT8783 SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM. The Phab 2 Plus additionally bears a fingerprint sensor at the rear panel in addition, much like the Phab 2 seasoned.

Using a Lenovo PC or Laptop?

Lenovo has urged its users to download the latest BIOS firmware update that disables a controversial “unwanted software” from its machines. Amid strong criticism after the revelation of “surreptitious” installation of certain programs in a large number of Lenovo PCs and laptops, the world’s largest PC manufacturer has broken its silence on the matter.

The company was thrown under the last week when several users started to report that the PC manufacturer was using a “rootkit-like” technique to forcefully install a bunch of software on its Windows-powered PCs and laptops. Lenovo was using BIOS to keep track of certain applications on Windows’ system files and overwrite it on boot-up with its in-house alternative called Lenovo Service Engine (LSE).

Furthermore, a vulnerability was found in the way the company was tweaking the BIOS. The vulnerability, if exploited, allowed an attacker to gain admin-level access of the system and install malicious code. Lenovo issued a patch to fix it on July 31, but it requires manual installation.

In a public announcement, the company has now said that its latest BIOS firmware, which was released on July 31, disables the script which allowed automatic reinstallation of unwanted software even after a full Windows wipe. The vulnerability affected a large pool of Lenovo PCs and laptops including Flex 3 1120, Yoga 3 11, and Horizon 2 27 among others. All the new laptops that shipped after June 2015 aren’t affected with the said vulnerability.

“The vulnerability was linked to the way Lenovo utilised a Microsoft Windows mechanism in a feature found in its BIOS firmware called Lenovo Service Engine (LSE) that was installed in some Lenovo consumer PCs. Think-brand PCs are unaffected,” wrote Lenovo.

“Lenovo and Microsoft have discovered possible ways this program could be exploited in the Lenovo Notebook implementation by an attacker, including a buffer overflow attack and an attempted connection to a Lenovo test server.”

The update firmware is available to download from company’s website. Depending on the configuration of your BIOS, Lenovo has also put up instructions to help you install the update on your machine.

The full list of impacted products is as follows:

Lenovo notebooks: Flex 2 Pro 15 (Broadwell), Flex 2 Pro 15 (Haswell), Flex 3 1120, Flex 3 1470/ 1570, G40-80/ G50-80/ G50-80 Touch, S41-70/ U41-70, S435/ M40-35, V3000, Y40-80, Yoga 3 11, Yoga 3 14, Z41-70/ Z51-70, Z70-80/ G70-80.

Lenovo desktops (world wide): A540/ A740, B4030, B5030, B5035, B750, H3000, H3050, H5000, H5050, H5055, Horizon 2 27, Horizon 2e (Yoga Home 500), Horizon 2S, C260, C2005, C2030, C4005, C4030, C5030, X310 (A78), X315 (B85).

Lenovo desktops (China only): D3000, D5050, D5055, F5000, F5050, F5055, G5000, G5050, G5055, YT A5700k, YT A7700k, YT M2620n, YT M5310n, YT M5790n, YT M7100n, YT S4005, YT S4030, YT S4040, YT S5030.