Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC Promises to Unlock Faster 5G, Cutting-edge Camera, High-quality Audio Experiences

After hosting an online-only Snapdragon Tech Summit in 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Qualcomm is back with a physical event this year. The Snapdragon Tech Summit 2021 event is being held in Kona, Hawaii. On Wednesday, Qualcomm announced its next-generation SoC that will be powering premium smartphones in 2022 (potentially an OEM or two in 2021). Qualcomm is changing the naming system with…

MediaTek Summit Key Takeaways: First Flagship 5G SOC, Tie-up With AMD, FiLogic 130 for IoT Devices

MediaTek recently held its annual executive summit at Laguna Beach, California. The headliner announcement this year was the unveiling of its first flagship 5G SOC, the Dimensity 9000. The company had launched the Dimensity line, its first 5G SOC, in November 2019. Look for devices with the new SOC late in Q1 2022. MediaTek will continue to update its 700 series 5G line-up to cater to the…

Thailand Smartphone Shipments in Q3 2021 Dropped 14% YoY But 5G Shipments Are Highest Ever

Hong Kong, London, Boston, Toronto, New Delhi, Beijing, Taipei, Seoul – November 22, 2021 Thailand’s smartphone shipments decreased by 14% YoY in Q3 2021, according to Counterpoint Research’s Monthly Thailand Channel Share Tracker. August saw the peak of COVID-19 infection rates in the country, which led to slowing down of the economy. However, 5G smartphone shipments during the quarter were the…

5G SA Core and Enterprise To Drive Growth at Nokia and Ericsson?

Although both Nokia and Ericsson reported good third quarter financial results, top-level growth at their RAN businesses is likely to be challenged over the next few months, with Ericsson seeking to compensate for loss of market share in mainland China with growth elsewhere and Nokia needing to recover market share following a major contract loss at Verizon last year. In addition, both may…

5G mmWave: Ecosystem, Economics Becoming Attractive (Part 2)

Read the part 1 of 5G mmWave: Ecosystem, Economics Becoming Attractive here. 5G ecosystem is thriving. The number of operators rolling out 5G networks, increasing penetration of 5G chipset-based devices and growing attach rate to 5G data plans, all have come together to give 5G a faster adoption rate than 4G. Close to 200 operators across 75+ countries have gone live with 5G networks within…

Mid-tier Share in Global 5G Smartphone Shipments Grows to 37% in Q2 2021; vivo Leads

Global shipments of mid-tier 5G smartphones (models priced between $200 and $399) grew 193% YoY during Q2 2021 to increase their share in the total 5G smartphone shipments to 37% against 32% in Q1 2021, according to the latest Market Monitor report from Counterpoint Research. OEMs launching more mid-range 5G smartphones in key markets such as China and North America, rapid adoption of 5G across…

5G Smartphone Shipments Rising in Emerging Markets

Beijing, Hong Kong, Boston, Toronto, London, New Delhi, Taipei, Seoul – September 22, 2021 5G smartphone shipments rose 6.5% QoQ in emerging markets in Q2 2021, though the total shipments in these regions dropped 5% in the same period, according to the latest data from Counterpoint Market Monitor Service. This growth in 5G shipments can be attributed to the excitement created by the iPhone…

Canada 5G Spectrum Auction May Boost Competition

With Canada’s 3500 MHz auction ending, the focus has shifted to the setting up of 5G networks by license winners as well as the competitive landscape of the country’s wireless market. The auction, which started on June 15, saw participation from 23 Canadian companies, which together made 108 bids over 25 days. This was the highest-grossing spectrum auction in Canada’s history, closing with $7.06…

iPhone 13 to Watch Series 7 & 5G iPad mini: The Apple Event Lowdown

Apple announced the new iPhone 13 series with four models. Watch Series 7 brings a bigger, brighter display along with faster charging. iPad mini gets 5G connectivity, high-res front camera and Apple Pencil (2nd gen) support. At the “California Streaming” event on September 14, Apple announced the new iPhone 13 series, Apple Watch Series 7 and two new iPads. There aren’t many major…

iPhone 12 Devices Top List of Best-selling 5G Smartphones in 3 out of 4 Key SEA Markets

Apple and OPPO’s 5G smartphones topped the best-selling 5G models’ lists in key Southeast Asian (SEA) countries in Q2 2021, according to Counterpoint Research’s Global Smartphone Channel Share Tracker. The aspirational value of Apple and the 5G factor of the iPhone 12 series helped the brand maintain its volumes in the second quarter. OPPO’s Reno 5G series has been performing well in most SEA…

H1 2021 Sees 5G Smartphone Shipment Share Zooming to 43.2% in Japan Market

Braving the COVID-19 pandemic, Japan’s smartphone shipments grew 27% YoY to 19.7 million units in H1 2021, according to the latest numbers from Counterpoint Research. When compared with the pre-pandemic period of H1 2019, the shipments in H1 2021 saw an increase of 16%. Clearly, the market saw more growth in H1 2021 than that triggered by any pent-up demand. This additional growth can be…

iPhone 13 to Help Apple Grab One-Third of 2021 Global 5G Shipments

Boston, Toronto, London, New Delhi, Beijing, Taipei, Seoul – September 10, 2021 Apple’s iPhone 12 and upcoming 13 series devices are set to spike Q4 2021 global 5G shipments to nearly 200m units, helping grow 2021 total shipments to 605m, according to Counterpoint Research’s latest Mobile Handset Shipment Forecasts. Last year, Apple’s iPhone 12 accounted for 24% of all 5G smartphone shipments…

Thailand Smartphone Shipments up 18% YoY in Q2 2021; 5G Shipments Highest in SEA

Hong Kong, London, Boston, Toronto, New Delhi, Beijing, Taipei, Seoul – August 11, 2021 Thailand smartphone shipments grew 18% YoY in Q2 2021, according to Counterpoint Research’s Monthly Thailand Channel Share Tracker. A slowly recovering economy after the second wave of COVID-19, availability of mid-tier 5G devices, and higher penetration of online sales drove smartphone volumes during the…

Russia Lags Europe in 5G Deployment

Europe was an early adopter of 5G with Swiss telecom operator Sunrise deploying the continent’s first 5G network in April 2019. By the end of Q1 2021, 5G had been deployed in more than 30 European nations with most of them having multiple 5G operators. However, despite being Europe’s biggest market, Russia is lagging behind its counterparts. Out of all the operators in the country, only MTS has…

Podcast: How Xiaomi, Qualcomm are Delivering 5G, AI-based Experiences to Consumers

Mobile handsets have evolved with every new cellular generation, both in terms of form factor and capabilities. From advanced photography and videography to high-speed internet connectivity and the console-like mobile gaming experience, all these capabilities are unlocked by the system on chip (SoC). Qualcomm is the leading SoC company globally and is driving these advanced technologies and smart…