Whitepaper – Making 5G Global: Accessibility for All

Overview: In markets where 5G has launched, the latest wireless broadband standard is shaping up to be the fastest generation of network technology ever adopted. It has become a key growth driver for operators globally not only because of the experiences it enables, but also due to the accessibility and affordability of handsets. After just two years from launch, 5G smartphones available to…

Nokia 5.4 Review: Many Promises, Many Compromises

The Nokia 5.4 offers near-stock Android experience. HMD Global has included H-Log video recording option in the camera app as a differentiator. The smartphone features a quad-camera setup at the back. Towards the end of December 2020, HMD Global announced the Nokia 5.4 smartphone for European markets. In February 2021, it expanded the smartphone’s availability to countries like India.…

Quectel, Thales & Fibocom Lead the Global Cellular IoT Module Market in Q4 2020

The global cellular IoT module market continued to recover sequentially but is yet to reach 2019 levels. Quectel and Qualcomm maintained their top positions in the cellular IoT module vendor and chipset player market shares respectively. Smart meter, automotive and telematics are the top three applications for cellular IoT modules globally in terms of shipments. San Diego, Buenos Aires,…

Micromax In Note 1 Review: Noteworthy Comeback, With Room for Improvement

The Micromax In Note 1 is powered by a MediaTek Helio G85 SoC. The smartphone runs on stock Android 10 OS. It does not come pre-installed with any bloatware apps or UI ads. India’s homegrown brand Micromax was the country’s leading mobile phone vendor in Q2 2014. But just as the competition got fierce with the entry of Chinese brands like Xiaomi, OPPO and vivo, Micromax lost its ground.…

Xiaomi Mi Notebook 14 Review: A Solid Performer in Work-From-Home Era

The Xiaomi Mi Notebook 14 features 8GB RAM and up to 512GB SSD The laptop comes with 46Wh battery and fast-charging capabilities With the global smartphone market becoming saturated, OEMs are aggressively looking at opportunities to create new revenue streams. The emerging IoE (Internet of Everything) and 5G ecosystem is one such opportunity. As a result, smartphone makers are launching…

Samsung’s Billion-Dollar Cash Cows!

Samsung Electronics had a terrific earnings report for the quarter ended September 2020. The South Korean tech giant is in a formidable and unique position where it is making money not only through its own vertically integrated offerings but also by selling technology solutions to its competitors. We have been extensively covering Samsung, one of the world's leading consumer brands. While its…

ARM Developer Summit 2020: A Pervasive Platform Approach to Drive Efficient & Intelligent Computing at Global Scale

Arm, a leading intellectual property (IP) company enabling cutting edge technologies across all levels of power-efficient compute from the edge to the cloud, held its inaugural three-day “virtual” developer conference last week. Arm renamed its in-person attended developer conference ‘Arm TechCon’ last year to a fully virtual ‘Arm DevSummit’ this year. The pandemic-hit 2020 has driven all…

Vivo X50 Pro: A Camera Disguised as a Smartphone

The Vivo X50 Pro comes with a unique camera gimbal stabilization mechanism. Under the hood is a Snapdragon 765G 5G SoC with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. The phone has a dual-curved screen with a 90Hz refresh rate. Smartphone photography has come a long way over the last decade. And while most smartphones can capture great still photos, they are not that good when it comes to videos. Despite…

Reliance Jio: From Telecom Operator to Solutions Provider

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), one of the largest conglomerates in the world, held its 43rd annual general meeting (AGM) on July 15. On the occasion, several noteworthy announcements were made for the company’s digital service business, showcasing the ambitions to transform Reliance Jio from a telecom operator into a solutions provider building a whole ecosystem. The AGM was held against the…

Imoo leads the Global Kids’ Smartwatch Market With 26% Market Share

Seoul, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Beijing, London, Buenos Aires, San Diego April 7th, 2020 China dominates kids’ smartwatch market with 62% of global shipments in 2019. Cellular connectivity included in 71% of global Kids Smartwatch shipments in 2019 driven by 4G connectivity Global kids’ smartwatch shipments grew 8% year-on-year (YoY) in 2019, according to the latest research from Counterpoint’s…

Realme X50 Pro 5G Will Shape The Competitive 5G Landscape in 2020

The Realme X50 Pro 5G features a 90Hz refresh rate display. The smartphone draws its power from a Snapdragon 865 SoC. It features a 4,200mAh battery with support for 65W fast charging. Smartphone maker, Realme, started with the affordable segment, and gradually moved to the mid-range, and then to the premium segment with the X2 Pro. Now, Realme has launched its first 5G enabled X50 Pro…

Global Smartphone Market – Apple Gained the Top Spot in Q4 2019 While Huawei Surpassed Apple to Become the Second-Largest Brand in CY 2019

Global smartphone market returns to quarterly growth (3% YoY) in Q4 2019, but declined (1% YoY) in 2019 overall Apple iPhone shipments grew in 11% YoY during Q4 2019, even without a 5G variant realme was the fastest-growing brand in CY 2019 (453% YoY) New Delhi, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Seoul, San Diego, London, Buenos Aires – Jan 30th, 2020 The global smartphone market declined 1% YoY in CY 2019,…

Will a Foldable Razr Revive Motorola’s Fortunes?

The Pioneer Motorola, once the most iconic American technology company globally with a heritage dating back to 1920s has gone through a series of ups and downs in its almost hundred years of existence. Dr. Martin Cooper invented the first cellular mobile handheld the DynaTAC 8000x which weighed 1.1 Kgs in 1973 while at Motorola, however, the most action on the cellular mobile handset front…

Market Share of Top Five Smartphone OEMs in Indonesia Reached Highest-Ever Level During Q1 2019

The Indonesian smartphone market is increasingly concentrated at the top with the market share of the top five smartphone OEMs reaching the highest-ever level of 80% in Q1 2019, according to the latest research from Counterpoint’s Market Monitor service. Samsung, Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo, and Asus, the top five smartphone OEMs by market share, are more than four years old in the market and have a…

Increasing Smartphone Adoption Drives Growth in Middle East and Africa

MEA Smartphone market grew 6% YoY in Q1 2019. Over 70% of the total smartphones sold in the region were in the sub-US$150 price segment. There is an increasing transition of users from feature phones to smartphones.  New Delhi, Hong Kong, Seoul, London, Beijing, San Diego, Buenos Aires –May 30, 2019  The smartphone market in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) grew 6% year-on-year (YoY)…

South Africa Local Smartphone Brands Grew 33% YoY in 2018

The top five smartphone brands captured nearly 80% of the South African market during the year. Mobicel was the fastest growing smartphone brand in South Africa during 2018. Affordability is the key driver of growth in the market. New Delhi, Hong Kong, Seoul, London, Beijing, San Diego, Buenos Aires – Mar 22th, 2019 South Africa smartphone shipments increased by 7% YoY in 2018, according to…

China Smartphone Market Declined for the Fourth Consecutive Quarter in Q2 2018

Huawei was the fastest and lone brand registering a positive 22% YoY growth leading the market with an all-time-record share. Huawei’s sub-brand honor also individually surpassed Xiaomi in overall volumes during the quarter, leading the e-commerce channel share as well. Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, San Diego, Buenos Aires, London, New Delhi – July 31st, 2018 According to the latest research from…

E-commerce Contribution to Smartphone Shipments Reached a Record 38% in Q1 2018

Among e-commerce platforms, Flipkart leads the market with 54% share, Mi.com climbed to 14% share while Amazon dominated the premium smartphone segment with 77% market share, thanks to OnePlus.    New Delhi, Hong Kong, Seoul, London, Beijing, San Diego, Buenos Aires –  June 15th, 2018 According to the latest research from Counterpoint’s Market Monitor service, E-commerce channels captured a…