US White-label Smartphone Opportunity Continues to Grow

US carriers sold over 1.5 million white-label devices in Q3 2021, according to Counterpoint Research’s US Monthly Smartphone Channel Share Tracker. This figure includes AT&T, Cricket and T-Mobile (Revvl brand) devices. Over the years, both carriers have maintained a range of white-label devices to fill gaps in their portfolios by offering affordable device options. Lately, the focus has…

$1.1-billion Opportunity Opens up in South Korea with LG’s Exit

Boston, Toronto, London, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Beijing, Taipei, Seoul - September 6, 2021 A $1.1-billion opportunity has been created in South Korea with the exit of LG from the smartphone market, according to Counterpoint’s latest Korea Smartphone Tracker. This calculation is based on LG’s smartphone revenue in 2019, when business was stable. LG was once the second-largest player in the market.…

Monthly Pulse: OPPO Reaches Global Number Two in May 2021 with its Family Brands

Hong Kong, Boston, London, New Delhi, Beijing, Taipei, Seoul – July 19, 2021 OPPO and its subsidiaries (encompassing the OPPO, OnePlus and realme brands) captured second spot in the global smartphone market during May 2021 with a 16% share of unit sales, followed by Apple at 15%, according to Counterpoint Research's May Monthly Market Pulse Report. Xiaomi was fourth with 14% share. Global…

Voice – A Multi-billion Dollar Opportunity for Social Media

If you have not heard about audio-based social media platforms like Clubhouse, Twitter Spaces and Facebook Live Audio, you are probably living under a rock. Humans, being social animals, need conversations. But the ongoing pandemic has made it a bit cumbersome to have them, just the right time for audio-based social media platforms to make an entry and take the internet by storm. If the…

Ethiopia Smartphone Shipments up 10% YoY in Q1 2021; Opening up of Telecom Sector Offers Huge Opportunity

London, Hong Kong, Boston, Toronto, New Delhi, Beijing, Taipei, Seoul – June 27, 2021 Ethiopia’s smartphone shipments increased 9.8% in Q1 2021, according to the latest Market Monitor report from Counterpoint Research. This growth was driven by an increase in the mobile phone network penetration and increase in the number of first-time users due to the pandemic-triggered surge in work and study…

Big shake up in Chinese smartphone market Q1 2021; OPPO, vivo top the market, realme grows fastest

realme’s quarterly shipments grew 82% QoQ, making it the seventh biggest brand in China’s smartphone market. OPPO, vivo topped the market as Huawei continued its descent. Xiaomi also capitalized on Huawei and HONOR’s woes. Beijing, San Diego, Buenos Aires, London, New Delhi, Seoul - May 21, 2021 China’s smartphone market saw realme’s Q1 2021 sales surge 82% QoQ and 451% YoY, making it…

Apple’s $60-billion Opportunity

Marc Andreessen's famous quote from the last decade, "Software is eating the world", was right on the money. However, the game has changed this decade – now "Data is eating the world". Eight out of the world's top ten companies in terms of market cap, including Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft, Facebook and Alibaba, have seen their valuations swell close to trillion dollars, bigger than many individual…

China’s Smartphone Market Turns Corner in Q1 2021; 5G Takes Center Stage While vivo, OPPO Jostle For Top Spot

Boston, Toronto, London, New Delhi, Beijing, Taipei, Seoul – April 29, 2021 Smartphone shipment growth in China turned positive in Q1 2021, growing 36% compared to last year’s COVID-impacted first quarter to register 90.7mn shipments, according to Counterpoint Research’s China Market Monitor Report, Q1 2021. The quarter marked the inevitable succession of Huawei’s leadership, as the…

Apple’s Next Multi-billion Dollar Opportunity: Location

Since the launch of first iPhone almost 12 years ago, Apple has become the world's most profitable, valuable company and a thriving ecosystem of close to a billion users. These users are spending tens of billions of dollars per quarter on both Apple hardware and services. To understand the scale here, Apple users spent a massive $95 billion in purchasing Apple's shiny new hardware offerings…

MVNOs North America Digital Symposium: Assessing MVNO Market Opportunities Across Canada & USA

Our Senior Analyst Hanish Bhatia will be speaking at the “MVNOs North America Digital Symposium” on 29th April 2021. The topic of his session is "Market Update: The Canadian Wireless Market". Summary:  The MVNO landscape in North America is extremely diverse. Currently the major Canadian operators hold a monopoly on tariffs for consumers, but mandatory wholesale access could mean a huge…

LG’s Smartphone Biz Exit: Opportunity for Samsung, Motorola, HMD and Xiaomi

As many as 26 years after starting it, LG has announced it will shut down its smartphone business on July 31, 2021. LG’s exit will leave a vacuum in the US, LATAM and South Korea markets, likely to be filled by Samsung, Motorola, HMD and Xiaomi. LG’s smartphone business has been bleeding profits for the last 23 quarters straight. After failing to reach a deal to sell its mobile phone…

OPPO Becomes Number 1 Smartphone Brand in China for First Time Ever

Beijing, London, San Diego, Buenos Aires, New Delhi, Seoul, Hong Kong – March 5, 2021 OPPO has risen through the ranks to become the number one smartphone brand in China for the first time in January 2021, according to Counterpoint Research’s Market Pulse Service. OPPO’s market share reached 21% in January followed by Vivo at 20% and Huawei, Apple, and Xiaomi at 16% each. OPPO's sales grew 33%…

Oppo Enco W31: Punchy Bass, Balanced Audio on Budget

As more and more smartphone brands are removing the legacy 3.5mm headphone jack, the True Wireless Stereo (TWS) market is booming globally. Apple dominates this segment with the $100 and above price point. But smartphone brands like Xiaomi, Oppo and Realme are catering to the sub-$100 segment, making the TWS earphones accessible to more users. Oppo recently launched the Enco W31 TWS earphones in…

Podcast: Open RAN – Discussing the Potential, Deployment Progress, Opportunities & Challenges

Open Radio Access Networks or Open RAN is slowly gaining momentum in the telecom industry. It promises to be an alternative way of building networks with greater interoperability. Currently, the Radio Access Networks (RAN) market is dominated by Nokia, Ericsson, and Huawei, with players such as Samsung growing. And, the technology used is proprietary where software and hardware components are…

OPPO Unveils New Flagship Reno 4 and Speeds Up its 5G Offerings

On June 5th, OPPO unveiled its latest flagship Reno 4 series through an online product launch. OPPO has placed high importance on the success of Reno 4 series to help it regain its foothold in the mid-to-high end segment. In April 2019, OPPO decided to revamp its flagship series and signaled the change by renaming it from the R-series to Reno. However, the new flagship Reno series failed to…

Oppo Find X2 Pro: Gorgeous Display and Versatile Cameras, at a Premium

The Oppo Find X2 Pro features a 6.7-inch QHD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The triple rear camera setup offers 10X hybrid zoom and 60X digital zoom. Equipped with 5G connectivity, it supports both SA and NSA bands. Back in 2018, when smartphone designs were getting boring and notched displays were becoming common, Oppo launched the Find X offering an immersive full-screen display. To…

Fingerprint Cards: Big Opportunity in Biometric Payment Cards and Under-display Smartphones Sensors

It has been exactly a year since Fingerprint Cards (Fingerprints) announced that it had shipped one billion fingerprint sensors since its inception. We believe the next billion sensor shipments will see an increased mix of use cases across different industry segments and form factors. While smartphones will continue to drive the volume, there are other growth areas that will likely develop…