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Xiaomi sales in China shrank by 38 percent during the quarter

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Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi notes 38% drop in sales in China 

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi notes 38% drop in sales in China in the second quarter, while Huawei Technologies took first place in the biggest market in the world, writes Bloomberg.

Xiaomi has sold the country's 10.5 million. Smartphones during the period, which is less than 17.1 million. Units that sold in the same quarter a year earlier, according to research firm International Data Corp. This makes the company the fourth largest player in the market after Huawei, OPPO and Vivo.
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Vernee Mars 4G Phablet - strong competitor for the iPhone 7

Vernee Mars - powerful metal smartphone with the iPhone 7 design and thin bezel of the beautiful Full HD Display

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Vernee Mars

Vernee already taking pre-orders for the purchase of the third smartphone from their family brand Mars. This is the basic version of Vernee Mars, which in appearance is the same as the model Pro, but has a simpler hardware.

The smartphone has a metal casing, the rear panel which is 98% lighter aluminum alloy as a characteristic moment are plastic strips on the edges style Meizu Pro 6 and iPhone 7. The device is equipped with 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels with 1 mm frames from both sides. This design resembles Ulefone Future, as the similarity is complemented by on the right side sensor Touch ID. It is used system-on-chip Helio P10 with 8 cores. The device has 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB flash drive.

Vernee Mars 4G Phablet review
Vernee Mars 4G Phablet - strong competitor of the iPhone 7
Vernee Mars configuration includes a main camera with a resolution of 13 megapixels with a photo sensor Sony IMX258, front camera with a resolution of 5 megapixels with photosensor Samsung S5K5E2 and battery with a capacity of 3000 mAh. The device operates under the operating system Android 6.0.

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So, is this great looking and solidly build smartphone any good and how does it perform against some of its biggest rivals? Here is a quick video overview of the Vernee Mars against the flagship OnePlus 3 which was also released quite recently.

Vernee Mars vs OnePlus 3


The smartphone Vernee Mars costs around $249.99 but until September 25 this year can be purchased at a price of $ 199.99 using a special $50 voucher that can be taken from the website of the company.

And while speaking of cheap and yet capable smartphones I would strongly recommend you to check the Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus (A6020) which is a great performer offered at a pretty affordable price.

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One week with the Lenovo TAB 2 A8-50F

Consumer review after a week with the affordable and yet very capable Android tablet Lenovo TAB 2 A8-50F 

Lenovo TAB 2 A8-50F tablet

It has been more than a week since I got my first tablet - Lenovo TAB 2 A8-50F, so it is time to share some more detailed impressions that I gathered while using and testing this little companion.

The tablet itself feels solid in the hand and I have to admit the build quality is on a very good level. The outer casing of the TAB 2 A8-50F is entirely made of plastic but it doesn't feel cheap quality impression as many other competitors.
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