Poco X3 review: The typical mid-range smartphone



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Poco X3 review:  Not long ago, Poco appeared to be the next disruptor in the Indian smartphone market with the Poco F1 emerging as the new threat to affordable-premium and premium smartphones. Instead of building on the success of the first Poco smartphone, the company took a long break, before returning to the scene with an all new market strategy. Initially, Poco seemed like Xiaomi’s answer to OnePlus. Now, it is challenging Realme, at best.  

The company has unveiled three smartphones this year – Poco X2, Poco M2 and Poco X3 – all positioned in budget and mid-range segments. And, that’s not only with the price but also in terms of specs on offer. Recently, there has been a major change in company leadership and it will be interesting to see if that also leads to a change in market strategy.  

For now, we have

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The Infinix Zero 8: A mid-range Android phone with an impressive camera

The Infinix Zero 8 has average specs, a great camera, and a low price point. Is this the right phone for you? Jack Wallen takes a look.

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When I received the Infinix Zero 8, I must confess I didn’t have high hopes for it. After unboxing and connecting the Android device to my Google account, my first impression was that it was a midlist phone with certain features that could quickly turn off many users. Then something interesting happened–I started playing with the camera.

I wouldn’t consider myself someone who places a high priority on a phone’s camera. That’s not to say I don’t make regular use of the feature–I do. In fact, I take daily photos for various purposes, but for me, the camera is an afterthought. When I review phones, it tends to be one of the last things I test. Upon giving the Infinix

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The midrange Pixel 5 makes Google’s smartphone lineup more confusing than ever

The Google Pixel 5, which was unveiled during the company’s Launch Night In event on Wednesday, was definitely a surprise—especially if you were paying any attention to the lofty rumors leading up to its debut. Rather than offering a giant screen, the latest Snapdragon processor, and state-of-the-art biometric security, Google’s new handset is surprisingly pedestrian.

While we don’t mind that the Pixel 5 comes in with a lower price, if you start to compare it to the Pixel 4a 5G, the Pixel 5’s position becomes confusing. Google delivered on its promise to bring 5G to its affordable 4a phone back when it launched this summer. While it’s not shipping for another month or so, it’s both $200 cheaper than the Pixel 5 and has a display two-tenths of an inch bigger, with the same processor:

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Dimensions: 153.9 x 74 x 8.6mm
Display: 6.2-inch Full HD OLED, 2340

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Low- to Mid-Range Smartphones Dominate Worldwide Smartphone Forecast with the Fastest Growth Expected in $400-600 Price Band, According to IDC

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Economic uncertainties have increased the downward pressure on smartphone prices globally with 73% of shipments in 2020 expected to be priced below $400, according to a new price band forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. Worldwide smartphone value is expected to decline 7.9% in 2020 to $422.4 billion, down from $458.5 billion in 2019. The downward trend is intensified by consumers turning to devices priced in the low-to-mid range as they prioritize spending on essentials.

Overall, the low-to-mid end segment ($100 to less than $400) dominated global smartphone shipments with 60% market share in the second quarter of 2020 (2Q20) and is expected to grow in the short term to 63% by next year. The mid-to-high end segment ($400 to less than $600) grew its share of the market by almost 4 points to 11.6% in 2Q20. Devices from Samsung,

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