Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

Apple accounted for nearly two-thirds of first-quarter smartphone sales in the so-called premium segment, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says, but providing no figures to back up its claim.

The Oppo Find X5 Lite is the cheapest device in this flagship line and thus lacks many of the features that are part of the Find X5 Pro and the Find X5, its more expensive cousins. The price ($799) also reflects that.

There is little doubt in the mind of any observer of the smartphone industry that, after the disappearance of Huawei as a frontrunner, two Chinese brands — Oppo and Xiaomi — have been vying to take up the fight to market leaders Apple and Samsung.

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