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Xiaomi smartphones dominate Antutu’s list of best performance smartphones

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Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is on a roll.

Not only is the brand experiencing a big resurgence over the last year, it also has the big guns to match the hype.

Last year when we looked at Antutu’s monthly ranking of the best performance smartphones globally, Xiaomi was dominant with 4 devices making the top 10. The same was the case a month later.

A year since we first had a look at Antutu’s list, things have not changed.

As of the end of August, 4 Xiaomi smartphones made the top 10, once again.

As it was the case in the two months that we highlighted the list last year, gaming phones rule the roost.

August 2018 saw the first generation Mi BlackShark top the list before handing over the reins to the Asus ROG Phone the next month. The latter’s successor, the Asus ROG Phone 2, tops the August 2019 rankings.

The Mi BlackShark 2, in comparison, is a distant 9th on the list, as can be seen in the figure below.

The drop can be partly explained by the chipsets in use on either device.

The Mi BlackShark 2 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. The ROG Phone 2, on the other hand, rocks a Snapdragon 855+. It goes without saying that the latter is the superior one of the two chipsets, though barely.

The Snapdragon 855 and 855+ are both octa-core processors. What sets them apart, though, are the clock speeds of some of the cores as well as the graphics. The 855+ has a single high-power core that maxes out at 2.96GHz while the 855’s most superior core tops out at 2.84GHz. On the graphics front, both chipsets integrate Adeno 640 graphics. Where they part, as already noted, is the clock speed. The 855’s card tops out at 585MHz. The 855+ blasts it at 672MHz.

Those differences in clock speeds for both the processor cores and the graphics, combined with the customizations made by each company result in the wide gap witnessed when they’re put head to head. Though that doesn’t exactly explain the Mi 9’s place thanks to the many factors involved. This is also your cue to be in a better position to contextualize this information.

Joining the BlackShark 2 in the absence of a Pocophone is the device that many have billed as the Pocophone 2, the Redmi K20 Pro from Xiaomi’s subsidiary. Not surprisingly, it is joined by another identical device, the Mi 9T Pro. The Mi 9T Pro is just the Redmi K20 Pro by another name. The names can be confusing but their ranking on Antutu’s list isn’t with one being 3 places ahead of the other, just enough margin for error as can be expected of benchmarking data.

Asus’ highly-rated ZenFone 6 is the list leader’s follow up both by name as well as by its place – it’s second!

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OnePlus and Samsung, with two devices each on the list, help keep other smartphone brands and their 2019 offerings at bay. As we enter the holy months of tech launches, we can expect that to change in coming days. Especially with those new iPhones. And the upcoming Huawei (especially since we’ve heard good things about those Kirin 990 chipsets) and Google devices.

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Nokia C1 Specifications and Price in Kenya

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Nokia C1 Specifications and Price in Kenya

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PRICE RRP. KES. 5,999
Display 5.45″ IPS LCD 480 x 960 pixels, 18:9 ratio 
Rear Camera Single:
5 MP, f/2.4, AF (720p 30fps Video)
Front Camera 5 MP
Chipset Quad-core 1.3 GHz
GPU _
RAM 1GB RAM
Storage 16GB Storage (Expandable up to 64GB with microSD card)
Operating System Android 9.0 (Pie); Android GO Edition
Battery Removable 2500mAh
Network 2G, 3G, 
NO 4G
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.2,
FM radio
microUSB 2.0
Colour options Black, Red

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Mysterious Infinix X660 and X660B phones running Android 10 OS surface

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Infinix has plans to unveil four new smartphones in the first half of 2020. One or more of these phones will push the company into a new market segment, probably midrange or maybe even a territory made of what are often known as flagship killers.

Today, the most premium smartphone Infinix has on the market is the Zero 6 Pro that is fast-approaching its first anniversary. Sure, one would argue that the latest Infinix S5 is a better proposition than the Zero 6 Pro, but everyone is entitled to their own perspective.

Comparisons aside, it seems we’ve just gotten our eyes on one – or two – of the four phones that Infinix plans to unveil in the first half of 2020. Codenamed Infinix X660 and X660B, these two have recently made a couple or so stops on Geekbench, giving away a few core specs that they carry.

Infinix S5 Lite

 

From the look of things, the X660 and X660B are basically the same devices. Sure, there will definitely be some differences here and there, probably the number of cameras or something, but the basic stuff remain the same throughout.

I’m talking about the likes of the system on the chip (SoC) – a MediaTek 6765 unit aka Helio P35 – the base RAM of 4GB and the pre-installed software, which is the latest Android 10 OS.

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Besides the above, the only other useful details we can gather from the Geekbench listings is the score for single and multi-core tests. Where the X660 managed scores of 184 and 1026, model X660B scored 175 and 1058 points respectively. Of course, this doesn’t mean much when it comes to real-life usage.

For a better perspective, the Infinix S5 has the Helio P22 SoC, which is a weaker unit compared to the Helio P35. On the other hand, the Zero 6 Pro has a Snapdragon 636 chipset, which is basically in the same category as the Helio P35.

Granted, the Infinix X660 and X660B could probably be the phones that get Infinix into new market territories this coming year.

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Infinix talks plans for smart TVs and new smartphone segments in 2020

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Infinix is a household smartphone brand not just here in Kenya, but Africa at large. But lately, the Transsion Holdings subsidiary has been spreading to more regions, including India, which has become every big company’s dream market.

Infinix is still making inroads in the Indian market and given the massive potential the market presents, the company is reportedly looking to continue with its “India-first” smartphone launches. This is because Infinix sees the Asian sub-continent as “its most strategic market.”

These remarks were made to the Economic Times by Infinix India CEO Anish Kapoor. While speaking to the Indian publication, Kapoor also dived further into the company’s immediate plans beginning the first half of 2020 – plans that have got my mind a little jiggly.

New smartphone segments

For as long as it has existed, Infinix is known to cater to the budget smartphone segment with some great offerings in the sub-Kshs 20,000 category. The best one, yet, as Chenze describes it in his review, is the five-camera Infinix S5 that goes for Kshs 16,500 for the base model of 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.

Infinix Zero series is the ultimate offering for Infinix fans after something more powerful at an extra cost. Considering its typical pricing in the regions of Kshs 30,000 (the Zero 6 Pro is the priciest Infinix device yet sold in Kenya at Kshs 32,000), we can as well say the company has concentrated on the budget segment more than any other smartphone segment.

But beginning the first half of 2020, Infinix will reportedly dip fingers into new smartphone segments.

We will launch four new smartphones in the first half of 2020, which may include our entry into a new smartphone segment.

Although there is no clear mention of which segments are in question, the only one way here is up. Granted, we could see Infinix unveil a proper midrange handset to rival the growing number of great midrange phones from Xiaomi, Oppo, and even several Galaxy A series devices.

Samsung Galaxy A80 camera in action

 

Xiaomi has also managed to bring several flagship phones to the local market at some mouthwatering prices. Whether Infinix will also take down this road and give us phones to match the likes of Pocophone F1 and Xiaomi Mi 9 at equally affordable prices is anyone’s guess at this point in time, but 2020 is fast-approaching so we should find out these details pretty soon.

But before you get too excited, do keep in mind the previously-mentioned “India-first” thingy.

Infinix smart TVs, Android 10 TV, perhaps?

The Indian smart TV market has been taken over by Xiaomi and its affordable Mi TVs that run on Google’s Android TV. OnePlus also recently joined the market with a pair of its own OnePlus TV Q1 and Q1 Pro and keen followers will also know a thing or two about Huawei and Honor smart TVs.

Apparently, plans for Infinix smart TVs are also in the works, although the focus may still remain in India. What is still unclear is whether these smart TVs will run on Android TV, but given the market competition, I don’t think Infinix has any other viable option on the table.

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Xiaomi Mi TV 4X Pro

 

Google recently announced the latest Android 10 TV, so if Infinix has any future plans for Android TV-powered smart TVs, this should be the OS to power them out of the box. But of course, we don’t make the rules.

I for one wouldn’t mind seeing true Android TVs hit the local market priced in the regions of Kshs 35,000 or thereabout, but I hope Infinix will be up for the task of keeping them up to date.

Focus on smart accessories

On top of entering new smartphone segments and launching its smart TVs, 2020 will also see Infinix increase its focus on smart accessories by pumping more smartwatches and portable audio products.

Earlier this year, Infinix unveiled the Infinix XW01, the company’s first true smartwatch. From the look of things, the wearable will get more company in 2020, so keep your pockets ready.

Infinix Smart Watch Green-5

Infinix XW01 smartwatch

 

If things go as planned, Infinix products manufactured in India will be shipped and sold in Africa as well and hopefully, this should have some effect on the affordability of these devices. So yeah, all of these things mentioned in this article should be applicable to the local market as well.

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