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Media & Technology DigestDecember 06, 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
Smartphone Sales - Double 11 Shopping Festival - 2018November 22, 2018This brief report provides analysis on the promotions and performance of major smartphone OEMs at China’s Double 11 shopping festival of 2018, such as Xiaomi, Huawei, OPPO, Vivo, and Apple.Subscribers Only
Black Friday 2018 Preview - SmartphonesNovember 14, 2018For retailers, Black Friday is an opportunity to tie smartphone purchases into wider spending at the store. Walmart and Target offer gift cards, of varying denomination, with the purchase of select smartphones. These deals are usually based on the condition of activating the smartphone on a qualifying partner carrier plan. *** This deck will be updated as more offers are announced.***Subscribers Only
Global smartphone shipments declined for the last two consecutive quartersNovember 01, 2018According to preliminary IHS Markit smartphone data, global smartphone shipments recorded a negative year-over-year growth rate for two consecutive quarters in 2018. Shipments totaled 354.8 million units in the third quarter of 2018, declining by 3.3 percent from the previous year.
The significance of the iPhone Xr in a maturing smartphone marketOctober 24, 2018What Apple has done with the iPhone Xr design is to implicitly acknowledge that after a decade of launching new iPhone designs, their high-end smartphone models have reached a point where their performance and feature sets have exceeded the market demand for them. The goal of the iPhone Xr is to hit all the right design notes that appeal to the mainstream consumer, such as large displays, fast processors, long battery life and – most importantly – relative affordability.
Google refines Pixel smartphoneOctober 17, 2018At its “Made by Google” event, Google announced its latest Pixel smartphones. Just like in previous years, there are two models. As with other devices in the Pixel line of devices, Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are premium devices with corresponding price points. However, for the first time, Google is the manufacturer on record (according to FCC filings) as opposed to their historical use of HTC and LG as ODMs.Subscribers Only
With the Mate 20 Pro, Huawei continues to stand out in mobile photographOctober 17, 2018After launching the P20-series earlier in the year, Huawei is looking towards the latest edition of its Mate series to continue the company’s momentum to retain a spot in the global Top 3 smartphone OEMs. Huawei presented a host of devices for the premium smartphone segment as well as a gaming focused handset which is becoming more popular in their domestic Chinese market. Huawei also renewed its partnership with Porsche Design. Additionally, the company launched two new wearables, the Watch GT and Band 3 Pro.Subscribers Only
IFA - Smartphones - 2018September 18, 2018The mid-range pricing segment in the smartphone market is set to continue to be the most competitive segment for the foreseeable future.Subscribers Only
Apple moves further into the premium segment with new iPhonesSeptember 12, 2018Apple announced its latest iPhone models today: iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone Xr. The company is attempting to create more iPhone options, while moving its whole portfolio further up into the premium segment. Apple has completed its hardware design refresh that started with iPhone X, and moves to an all-notch display line-up.
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...
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
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