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Entering a new decade of smartphones, Samsung unveils an all-5G-capable Galaxy S lineupFebruary 11, 2020Last year, Samsung celebrated 10 years of Galaxy flagship smartphones with the Galaxy S10 line.
Updated Competitive 5G Modem LandscapeDecember 06, 2019see attached spreadsheet for latest update to the landscape of 5G modemsSubscribers Only
After a full year with 5G, what's next? Add scale by lowering 5G device costs.December 05, 2019As we approach the end of a year which '5G' has become a house hold word, the wireless industry is looking forward to accelerated growth in 2020. In order to achieve that, wireless carriers need to continue to deploy 5G networks, define use-cases which brings value to their customers as well as their bottom line and work with device makers to lower the cost of 5G phones.
Snapdragon 865 is the missing piece of the puzzle for Qualcomm's 2nd generation 5G smartphone designDecember 04, 2019On the second day of Qualcomm's annual Snapdragon Tech Summit happening this week in Maui, the specifications of the next flagship 5G mobile platform was disclosed to the media and analyst community. While the second generation X55 5G modem has been a known entity for some time now, it was ultimately an incomplete discrete solution or thin modem chip. In combination with Qualcomm’s modular 5G RF Front End...
No, Huawei has not completely designed out US parts from the latest Mate 30 [not just yet]December 03, 2019Several press outlets have reported that Huawei had managed to design out completely critical US components from their latest Mate 30 smartphone design. Components from companies such as Qualcomm, Skyworks and Qorvo to name a few. However, in a teardown analysis of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G, IHS Markit has discovered that this claim is technically incorrect, but the thematic arc of the news story still holds true.
Qualcomm Racks Another 5G Design Win in Samsung’s Home TurfNovember 14, 2019• Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G is the world first mass-market 5G foldable smartphone shipping in the South Korean market • Samsung selected Qualcomm’s proven first-generation Snapdragon 855 plus X50 5G modem chipsets to power the Galaxy Fold 5G • Galaxy Fold 5G RF Front-End indicate support for three Sub 6GHz 5G frequency bands – up from a single band of earlier X50 designs. • Design also hints to design provisions to support millimeter wave 5G capabilities in subsequent model SKUs of the Galaxy Fold • Samsung Galaxy Fold teardown offers insight to the fast-evolving 5G RFFE design
Accelerated smartphone chipset roadmap will lead to faster adoption of 5G devicesSeptember 18, 2019An updated 5G smartphone forecast has been created based on new information on accelerated 5G chipset roadmap
In 5G smartphone designs, RF Front-End graduates from traditional supporting role to co-star with modemAugust 28, 2019In our continuing series looking at early 5G smartphone hardware designs, we now turn our attention to the 5G RF Front End (RFFE) section of the core electronics. Of the six OEMs with 5G smartphones IHS Markit has sampled thus far, five of them feature a common design theme at the RFFE section; a complete 5G RFFE solution provided by Qualcomm. This vote of confidence in Qualcomm speaks not only to their critical role as a major supplier of modems but also to their growing expertise in bringing an industry-first modem-to-antenna solution to market, beating out incumbent RFFE component providers and disrupting the RFFE market in 5G.
第一代5G设计未来智能手机中调制解调器与射频集成的关键与亮点August 16, 20195G智能手机的市场反应能力在这一个新的无线技术的转型初期是前所未有的，与之前的4G LTE演进不同, 更多的手机厂商会第一时间将新设备提供给客户；不仅是关键的调制解调器套片与射频前端(RFEE)元器件在设计周期的早期阶段就可以提供给厂商， 还因为这些解决方案都是完整的“调制解调器到天线”设计，从而进一步加快初代5G智能手机投放市场的速度。 本文将进一步探寻射频技术与元器件如何支持5G设备，从而能在5G网络生命周期中尽早投放。作为IHS Markit Technology 对5G网络与设备性能“前瞻性研究”的一部分，我们评估的至少6部初代5G智能手机，并进行了彻底的拆解分析以确定5G无线核心元器件与系统设计。这批5G智能手机分别来自三星、LG、小米、Oppo、一加以及华为。
First-generation 5G designs highlight critical importance of modem and RF integration in future smartphonesAugust 12, 2019The market availability of 5G smartphones at this early stage of a new wireless technology transition has been unprecedented for the industry. Unlike the previous 4G LTE evolution, more handset vendors are making new devices available on day-one to consumers. Not only were the critical modem chipsets and RF Front End (RFFE) components made available earlier in the design cycle to smartphone OEMs but much of those solutions are of a complete “Modem-to-Antenna” designs which further help to accelerate time-to-market of these first-generation 5G smartphones.
Samsung caps a prolific 2019 flagship smartphone model year releases with the Note 10August 07, 2019The Note series from Samsung has carved out a special niche within the smartphone industry. With its oversized display and stylus input, it has arguably the most distinctive user experience offered since the original iPhone over a decade ago. Today’s launch of the Note 10 and 10+ definitively continues the carefully crafted message around this product. As with “even” number years, Samsung introduced significant design changes to the Note 10.
Google Pivots on Smartphone Hardware with New Affordable Pixel 3a & 3a XLMay 07, 2019Google today announced a pair of new smartphones aimed at generating a broader market appeal than their previous three generations of premium Pixels. The Pixel 3a and 3a XL are priced starting at $399 and $479 respectively and represents a new approach to filling out Google’s smartphone lineup with approximately a $300 discount on list price of existing models. The design language of the new Pixels remains the same as the current Pixel 3 devices introduced last year, which had been Google’s first internally designed smartphone product (as opposed to previous use of HTC or LG designs as defined by FCC filings). In order to hit the lower price points, Google has pared down the core electronics, opting to use the 700 and 600 tiers of Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs.
Intel’s 5G modem exit renders AAPL vs. QCOM moot, resulting in a hard-fought victory for QualcommApril 17, 2019Apple and Qualcomm announced that they had settled in their long standing legal fight over FRANDS and royalty rates just as opening arguments were made at the second day of the court case between the two.Subscribers Only
MWC 2019 Highlights - SmartphonesMarch 08, 20195G handsets arrived in Barcelona in force. Leading up to MWC, Samsung announced two 5G devices and Huawei one model. Other OEMs, like OPPO, Xiaomi, LG, ZTE and Nubia showed upcoming devices.Subscribers Only
Mobile World Congress 2019; A veritable parade of new 5G smartphones and modemsMarch 06, 2019Mobile World Congress 2019 was anticipated to showcase brand new 5G smartphone designs and the conference did not disappoint. Even before the show officially started, there were 6 smartphone designs with 5G modems already announced:Subscribers Only
Samsung Marks 10th Year of Galaxy S With Three New Designs and a 5G ModelFebruary 20, 2019At its Unpacked event in San Francisco today, Samsung unveiled the 10th anniversary Galaxy S flagship smartphone models. The Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10e represent a new design language moving into the next decade of smartphone designs, which undoubtably will include 5G and foldable phones.
Current State of Competitive 5G ModemsFebruary 19, 2019As wireless industry start 2019, we will now see a new batch of competitive 5G solutions offered by the likes of Intel, Mediatek, Samsung LSI and HiSilicon poise to challenge the leading position of Qualcomm.Subscribers Only
Taking the Complexity out of LTE Radio Front End Designs; Qualcomm offers Smartphone OEMs Pre-Baked RFFE SolutionsJuly 23, 2018As the smartphone industry passes its decade-long run being the most popular consumer electronics of all time, the market is beginning to see signs of maturation and slowdown. Smartphone OEMs are now competing on innovations in form factor (i.e. the move to larger and bezel-less displays), cameras (i.e. biometric sensors and computational photography) as well as Artificial Intelligence (AI) services...
Smartphone & Mobile Hardware Analysis - MWC - 2018March 13, 2018This brief report provides analysis on mobile hardware themes, smartphone launches and mobile component trends, based on MWC 2018 held in Barcelona, Spain in February 2018.Subscribers Only
Mobile World Congress 2018: 5G chipsets are real and launching with smartphones in time for MWC 2019March 09, 2018Latest news on the 5G chipset front from Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2018