Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G Review Part 1: Striking Design, Fluid Display

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G is the first smartphone with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. The smartphone flaunts a massive 6.9-inch display with a refresh rate of 120Hz. It features a triple rear camera set-up with a 108MP primary camera sensor. 2020 has been a difficult year after the COVID-19 outbreak. But that has not stopped smartphone makers from innovating. The year started with the launch…

Qualcomm to Drive 5G in Mass Market Smartphones With Snapdragon 4 Series 5G Platform

Qualcomm is the leading supplier of smartphone system-on-chip (SoC) for modem-to-RF-antenna systems and has been extending this lead in the fast-growing 5G smartphone segment as well. 5G smartphone sales grew a massive 1327% globally in June 2020, according to Counterpoint’s Monthly Handset Model Sales Tracker. With the launch of 5G capable Snapdragon 6- and 7-series platforms, the share of…

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G costs $549 to Make and Highlights Qualcomm & Samsung’s Semiconductor Prowess

Seoul, Taipei, Hong Kong, Beijing, New Delhi, London, Boston, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires September 9th, 2020 The premium flagship smartphone segment has been the flag-bearer for the latest innovations as points of differentiation brands. While the premium segment is dominated by a handful of players such as Samsung, Apple, Huawei and OnePlus, depending on the markets, the competition has never…

Semiconductor Giants Add Building Blocks for 5G Adoption

There were three key announcements from semiconductor giants Qualcomm and MediaTek during IFA 2020. On the smartphone side, Qualcomm brought 5G into its 4-series platform for entry-level smartphones. The company also rolled out an update to its 5G 8cx compute platform for 2-in-1 laptops. MediaTek continues to look for 5G business opportunities beyond smartphones in 2021. It launched a 5G single…

Podcast: How & When Shall We See the First sub-$200 5G Smartphone?

The global smartphone market is undergoing a major change as we transition from 4G to 5G. And despite the slowdown due to COVID-19, 5G smartphone sales are growing as they penetrate the mature markets like China, South Korea, Europe and the US. Typically, when a new generation of cellular technology comes in, it is more expensive in the beginning. This has happened with 4G, where the initial…

5G FWA CPE to Cross 1 Billion Mark in Cumulative Shipments by 2030

Europe will be the top region in terms of 5G CPE shipments We estimate the 5G CPE ASP will fall quickly after 2025 San Diego, Buenos Aires, London, New Delhi, Hong Kong, Beijing, Taipei, Seoul – Sep 3, 2020 Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) is emerging as one of the leading use cases for 5G New Radio (NR) architecture. FWA subscribers will need a new Customer Premises Equipment (CPE), which can…

Podcast: FWA – Killer App for 5G & A Help In Bridging Global Digital Divide

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues in several countries across the globe, working from home and distance learning from home has become the new normal. Having stable and reliable internet connectivity beyond smartphones has become a top priority. As a result, a lot of pent-up demand for broadband is coming from both developed and emerging markets. With fiber and other fixed wired broadband…

Huawei’s Travails may Bring 5G Windfall for MediaTek

MediaTek's Q2 2020 earnings call has released a lot of good news, particularly on the market update for MTK's 5G SoC in China. A big part of this cheer can be attributed to the problems being faced by Huawei. Takeaways from the earnings call include: Global 5G smartphone shipments will reach 170 million to 200 million units in 2020 while China will reach 100 million to 120 million units.…

IoT World 2020 – Demystifying 5G, IoT & Edge Opportunities

Overview: It was fun to talk about the intersection of 5G, IoT, and Edge at the KNect365#IoTWorld2020 this week and the different applications it unlocks. 5G & IoT both are in the nascent stages, many of these applications are not available immediately but over the next 3GPP releases, 5G NR SA rollout, higher-order spectrum, Network Slicing, and so forth. But it is important to…

Realme launches 5G phone for $200

Data from the market research company Counterpoint show that Realme is the only major smartphone vendor whose global shipments saw double-digit growth in the second quarter of this year. Read more

Qualcomm Inks Long-Term IP Licensing Deal with Huawei as 5G Adoption in China Skyrockets

Qualcomm reported a very solid June quarter despite the stranglehold COVID-19 had on much of the world during the period. Two key items came out of Qualcomm’s earning call. First, the company stands by its forecast of 175 million to 225 million 5G smartphone shipments in 2020. In fact, Qualcomm added some confidence in that guidance, stating it expected smartphones to be at the high-end of that…

5G MEC Ecosystem: Stakeholders Partner in Mad Rush to the Edge

5G Multi Access Edge Computing or 5G MEC has generated a significant amount of hype in recent years promising to deliver low latency and improved quality of services which will enable a plethora of commercial opportunities for Mobile Network Operators (MNOs).  However, the ecosystem is complex with many stakeholders now positioning themselves to benefit from this new opportunity. 5G MEC…

Post Event Coverage: Virtual Event: 5G Leadership Summit 2020

It was a great discussion on how 5G & AI can transform individuals, societies, enterprises and countries with the mobile and tech industry leaders at the Konnect 3rd Edition of 5G Leadership Forum. thanks to Rahul Sindhwani & Aman Khanna Esteemed Panelists include: Sunil Dutt, President, Jio Devices Ajey Mehta, Global VP HMD Global Vishal Gondal, Founder & CEO GOQii…

One in Three Smartphones Sold was a 5G Phone in China in Q2 2020

Huawei captured a massive 60% share of the 5G smartphone market. Huawei reached its highest ever share in China capturing 46% of sales volumes. Apple was the fastest-growing OEM (32% YoY) during the quarter. New Delhi, Hong Kong, Seoul, London, Beijing, San Diego, Buenos Aires – Jul 24th, 2020 Smartphone sales in China declined 17% YoY in Q2 2020, according to Counterpoint’s Market…

5G Mobile Connections Will Cross the Milestone of 1.7 Billion in 2023

As of mid-July 2020, 93 commercial 5G networks went live across the world. Global mobile 5G connections will dramatically increase to over 1.7 billion within five years since the initial roll-out in early 2019, and China alone is projected to make up roughly 47% of the total connections by the end of 2023. In 2023, 5G penetration (the percentage share of total mobile connections) in US…

5G MEC – Deployments Options and Challenges for Mobile Operators

Overview: One of the major promises of 5G is low latency, with target levels of 1 millisecond specified in 3GPP Release 16 for the 5G air interface. This will enable Mobile Network Operators (MNO) to introduce a wealth of new applications and services. However, achieving these very low levels of latency will require MNOs to build a dense network of Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) data…

Virtual Event: 5G Leadership Summit 2020

Our Research Vice President, Neil Shah, will be speaking at the virtual session held during the 5G Leadership Summit 2020. The session theme is "5G will Bring AI Everywhere - How the potent combination of 5G & AI will change the industry dynamics of smartphones, smart devices, wearables & smart homes ?" and goes live on 21st July 2020 at 4.00 PM IST. For more information and…

Podcast: SoC Players Democratizing 4G & 5G Mobile & IoT Experiences

We are living in an interesting time where 5G is finally making inroads in the mature markets like the US, the UK, China, and South Korea, among others. But more interestingly, while these markets are transitioning from 4G to 5G, a lot of emerging markets are stuck on 2G. Even markets like India, which is now the second-biggest smartphone market in the world, has 4G connectivity, but 2G and 3G…