With price competition escalating and squeezing profitability in the global tablet computer sector, many manufacturer have shifted their production capacity to smartphones in a bid to find alternative profit sources, Shanghai’s China Business News reports. In a saturated worldwide market, tablet sales growth started to moderate in 2014 from the skyrocketing growth seen in the past, the report said. In addition to a price war, a relatively long life expectancy of tablets has also slowed down market demand.
We all know the drill by now… Xiaomi makes budget phones that appeal by packing a lot of power into a tiny price tag. But with its newest phone, the Mi Note, Xiaomi is doing things a bit differently. This time, Xiaomi is aiming at the high-end, pitching the Mi Note up against the iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung Note 4 in terms of size and ambitions.
China-based electronics giant Xiaomi today released its Xiaomi Note, a 5.7-inch screen smartphone/phablet. The new model features a 3-megapixel rear camera from Sony, a streamlined profile with curved glass front and back, and weighs in at 161 grams, said company founder and CEO Lei Jun at the phone’s unveiling in Beijing. The unit is priced at 2,299 yuan ($371). Another version of the same model, which will include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, and 4GB of RAM, will run 3,299 yuan ($533).
Though its Xperia Z3 smartphone range was introduced just months ago (at IFA in September), Sony may be on the verge of announcing its successor. The next generation of premium smartphones from the brand could include the Z4 Ultra and the Z4 Compact, according to Android Origin. The Xperia Z4 Ultra is said to be an impressive 6.44in phablet with a QHD display (2560×1440 pixels), a Snapdragon 810 processor, a 16MP camera and 3GB of RAM. Like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, this high-end smartphone is also said to come with a stylus.
Xiaomi’s cheap phablets, the Redmi Note and Redmi Note 4G, are sweeping across South and Southeast Asia. The 4G version launched in China in August, followed by Singapore and India in November, selling out quickly in all of its inaugural flash sales. The Note series capitalizes on Asia’s love of a) low prices and b) big screens. So how does it stack up against big screen rivals in the same price range?
SAN FRANCISCO: Samsung announced on Thursday (Sep 18) that its eagerly-anticipated Note 4 “phablet” will be released on Oct 17. The South Korean consumer electronics titan credited with being the first major manufacturer to blend tablet and smartphone features said it will begin taking orders for the coming model on Friday, the same day rival Apple launches its new-generation iPhone 6.