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Size Matters: Sales of Huge Smartphones in Russia Grow 50%

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The MTS operator’s team analyzed the retail smartphone market in Russia at the end of 2020. According to analysts, despite a short-term drop in demand in the second quarter, sales of gadgets showed a positive trend.

In general, in Russia in comparison with last year, the growth was 2.3% in physical terms and 14.3% in monetary terms. Analysts explain the trend by the fact that the pandemic in 2020 accelerated sales of modern gadgets, and consumer demand for smartphones is actively moving to the Internet. The number of mobile devices sold over the Internet increased by 60%.

Russians have become less likely to buy models costing less than 5,000 rubles, their sales decreased by 15%. The number of purchased gadgets more expensive than 50 thousand rubles in 2020 increased by 39.2% compared to last year. The demand for large displays is increasing – sales of devices with a screen diagonal of 6 inches or more in Russia increased by 50% compared to 2019.

As for the average cost of mobile devices in Russia, it increased by 12% to 18,500 rubles. The average cost of a smartphone among residents of Yakutsk showed a record growth and amounted to 19,863 rubles, which is 3,233 rubles more than last year. For comparison, gadgets were bought in Moscow for 3,000 rubles more expensive than the average Russian cost – for 21,852 rubles. Buyers from St. Petersburg chose models for an average of 22,085 rubles.

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Enthusiast replaced the numeric keypad with a disk from an old phone

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Enthusiast replaced the numeric keypad with a disk from an

It would seem that it is almost impossible to change such a thing as a keyboard in any original way. However, the user under the nickname Squidgeefish succeeded. He added a real disk from an old wired telephone to a regular keyboard and made it all work.

Enthusiast replaced the numeric keypad with a disk from an old phone

The disk is placed on the right and performs the functions of a digital block – only numbers need to be entered by turning the dialer. And here a problem arises – such a system is analog, and any modern keyboard is digital. The enthusiast was able to connect the drive from the phone using the DFRobot Beetle Board based on the ATmega32U4 chip. This board is able to work with analog signals and at the same time supports a standard USB port.

Enthusiast replaced the numeric keypad with a disk from an old phone

I also had to experiment with the keyboard itself, because I had to cut the printed circuit board. And for aesthetics, the enthusiast added 3D-printed makers. The result is a rather strange and quirky, but fully functional keyboard. According to the source, the cost of the project was no more than $30.

Enthusiast replaced the numeric keypad with a disk from an old phone

At the same time, using the disk, you can enter not only numbers, but also special characters, such as the percent sign, brackets, and so on. And instead of the standard digital buttons, the enthusiast put a stub.

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All leaders will lose, but Apple will strengthen. TrendForce published a forecast for the smartphone market

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All leaders will lose but Apple will strengthen TrendForce published

According to TrendForce analysts, in the third quarter of this year, the smartphone market sank by 11%, to 289 million units.

All leaders will lose, but Apple will strengthen.  TrendForce published a forecast for the smartphone market

The market leaders were Samsung, Apple, Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo, but the current quarter will temporarily change the balance of power. According to analysts, Apple will increase its share from 17.6% to 24.6%, overtaking Samsung, which will occupy 20.2% against the current 22.2%. This is not the first time that Apple has become a market leader in the fourth quarter, which is explained by the release of a new generation of iPhone.

All leaders will lose, but Apple will strengthen.  TrendForce published a forecast for the smartphone market

At the same time, it can be seen that the source predicts a decrease in market share for all leaders, except for Apple. It is worth noting that in this case, the source considers the sales of Oppo as sales including Realme, which is not typical. It also counts OnePlus sales, but that’s normal after a merger.

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All Snapdragon Pro Series gamers will now be forced to use Samsung smartphones

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All Snapdragon Pro Series gamers will now be forced to

Qualcomm has chosen Samsung as an official partner of the Snapdragon Pro series of smartphones.

All Snapdragon Pro Series gamers will now be forced to use Samsung smartphones

Among other things, this means that gamers who compete in the Snapdragon Pro Series Mobile Challenge and Mobile Masters will only use Snapdragon SoC-based Samsung Galaxy devices from the Snapdragon Pro Series Mobile Challenge Finals at DreamHack Valencia. That is, we are talking about one of the largest leagues in mobile eSports.

We are committed to bringing high-performance Snapdragon processor-based Samsung Galaxy devices to billions of gamers around the world to keep the spirit of camaraderie and competition going.

Which Samsung smartphones will be used by gamers is still unclear, but in recent years, the company’s devices have gained not the best fame among gamers, which is due to gaming services and related features.

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