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Samsung Note 9 fills gap year as company prepares for the “Next Big Thing” with 10th Galaxy and foldable phonesAugust 09, 2018Amidst news of slowing Galaxy smartphone sales, Samsung has announced its follow-up to the Note series with the Note 9. In an elaborate event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Samsung unveiled its latest iteration of the Note series flagship. The new Note 9 did not stray far from the success of the Note 8, which in turn resurrected the Note series after the Note 7 battery debacle. New features include...
Media & Technology DigestAugust 03, 2018The Media & Technology Digest provides a monthly analysis of the key trends and innovations shaping the global technology landscape. Written by our senior analysts the digest includes a detailed focus on key industry hot topics, analysis of all major industry and product announcements with in-depth examinations of significant industry trends.Subscribers Only
Global Smartphone Shipment Preliminary ResultAugust 01, 2018Global smartphone shipments reached 344.6 million units in the second quarter of 2018 – a 1.8% decline year over year, from 350.9 million units, and down slightly from the previous quarter. Huawei beat Apple to reach the #2 spot in global shipments. While Samsung retains the top spot, the company recorded its worst quarterly performance since Q2’13.
Huawei overtakes Apple in Q2 smartphone unit shipmentsJuly 31, 2018According to IHS Markit preliminary smartphone data, global smartphone shipments reached 344.6 million units in the second quarter of 2018 – a 1.8 percent decline year over year, and also down slightly from the previous quarter. Huawei beat Apple, to reach the second-ranked position in global shipments.
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...
Whitepaper: Taking the Complexity out of LTE Radio Front End DesignsJuly 23, 2018As the smartphone industry passes its decade long run as the most popular consumer electronics of all time, the market is beginning to see signs of maturation and slowdown. ...Subscribers Only
Key Takeaways from MWC Shanghai - 2018July 16, 2018MWC Shanghai is the Asian event of MWC Barcelona. It is a much smaller event than Barcelona with most participants from China. This year, IHS Markit found the scale had reduced with only five smartphone OEMs exhibiting.Subscribers Only
LG looks to buy time with the G7 ThinQMay 24, 2018LG Mobile announced its latest flagship handset, steering away from the crowded launch window surrounding Mobile World Congress in February. LG Mobile continues to be in a period of transition and evaluation, and the G7 is good sign of the state of affairs at the company – it’s a place holder to bridge time, but it is unclear what that future will look like for LG’s smartphone business.
Xiaomi showcases the Mi Mix 2S – adding wireless charging as one of the first Chinese OEMsMay 17, 2018Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S is the third generation of Xiaomi MIX series. It is positioned as a showcase device for Xiaomi’s R&D capabilities.
Xiaomi smartphone shipments grew by 129 percent in the first quarterMay 02, 2018Total year-over-year global smartphone shipments increased 2 percent, reaching 345.5 million units in the first quarter of 2018. However, seasonality took its toll, driving shipment volume down by 11 percent quarter over quarter.
ZTE faces significant challenges in the smartphone business after U.S. Department of Commerce actionApril 20, 2018The US Department of Commerce has activated a Denial Order against ZTE Corporation. The order, in its current form, states that ZTE may not be involved in any transaction involving any commodity, software or technology exported or to be exported from the United States that is subject to Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The Denial Order expires on March 13th, 2025. ZTE relies heavily on technology and software from US vendors like Qualcomm and Google.Subscribers Only
Vivo’s X21 combines many major smartphone design trends of 2018March 26, 2018Vivo launched the X21 on March 19th. The flagship device features upgrades in hardware design and display technology compared to the previous edition of the phone, the X20.
Huawei looms large over Trump’s decision on Broadcom-Qualcomm dealMarch 16, 2018The decision handed down by the Trump administration essentially put an end to the months-long $117B hostile bid by Broadcom (AVGO) for Qualcomm (QCOM). Trump cited national security and US competitiveness in the upcoming 5G transition as reasons to block the troubled acquisition. However, behind the scenes, a clearer picture is emerging as to the threat that US perceives China – specifically Huawei - as being on the future competitiveness in the wireless sector of the market. Thus, this business-friendly administration ultimately yielded to national interests in handing down their decision.Subscribers Only
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
New Nokia strengthens brand with Google’s Android One & a curved display smartphoneFebruary 25, 2018HMD Global launched five new mobile phones at MWC 2018, all with striking industrial design. By choosing to only offer handsets with Google's pure Android One or Android Oreo (Go Edition), HMD threatens to disrupt established OEMs with legacy software. The new Nokia 8110 demonstrates featurephones are evolving now with LTE and will not die soon. HMD's flagship Nokia 8 Sirocco has a stunning steel-framed dual curved edge display in a super compact frame which will target Europe.
Samsung looks to innovative S9 camera to energize Galaxy S smartphone salesFebruary 25, 2018Samsung is packing its main innovative push into the cameras of its latest flagship Galaxy S devices. With the new super slow motion video capture, Samsung has improved on previous industry attempts to commercialize this feature. The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are strong handset designs which evolve from 2017’s excellent S8. They are markedly different in camera quality and display size from the two to three year old smartphones potential customers own now which should boost upgrades. However, consumers may delay purchase because of rising flagship prices.
Sony tries again to convert tech leadership into improved sales with Xperia XZ2 smartphone's 4K HDR video recordingFebruary 25, 2018At MWC Sony Mobile unveiled two new smartphones, Xperia XZ2, XZ Compact and the commercial launch for its Xperia Duo wearable. The importance of Sony’s innovations with these new smartphones will set the tone for the smartphone market for the next few years. IHS Markit expects other smartphone OEMs to deliver similar capabilities in the future including copying Sony’s 4K HDR video capture. But there is much more work needed to re-build Sony’s smartphone business and achievable sustainable profitability.
Samsung's next Galaxy S must beat old smartphones to drive upgrades, not recent modelsFebruary 19, 2018Samsung is competing with the models it launched several years ago, and not last years’ Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and Note 8 because it is far too soon for purchasers of those models to buy a new phone. By looking at the active installed base of which smartphones are currently in use we can compare the features of Samsung’s latest flagship with the most common models consumers own and use now. Globally, the most common Samsung flagship models in use are Samsung’s S7 and S7 Edge (2016) with a combined 5.26% share, 2015’s Galaxy S6 with 1.78% share, and the four year old Galaxy S5 with 1.4% share. But are large country differences in which are the most popular Samsung smartphone models.
Global smartphone unit shipments grew 3 percent in 2017, reaching 1.44 billion unitsFebruary 02, 2018Based on preliminary data from IHS Markit, global smartphone unit shipments declined by 4.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017 to 387.5 million units. Shipments grew 3.1 percent year over year, from 1.40 billion units to 1.44 billion units. Of the leading handset brands, only Xiaomi and Motorola experienced shipment growth in the fourth quarter of 2017.