Google Pixel 3 and OnePlus 6T Sales Driven by Previous Samsung Owners in Q4 2018

Both the devices have failed to swing iOS users over to Android. Over 80% of Pixel 3’s volumes are coming from previous Android smartphone owners.    San Diego, Buenos Aires, London, New Delhi, Hong Kong, Beijing, Seoul April 4, 2019 Over one-third of consumers who bought the Google Pixel 3 and the OnePlus 6T, during Q4 2018, were previous Samsung owners, according to Counterpoint Research’s…

Smart and Connected-MG Motors Raises Bar for Fully Connected Cars in India

At possibly the most awaited car launch for 2019, MG Motor India (MG), a subsidiary of China’s SAIC Motor, introduced its upcoming MG Hector as an 'Internet Car’. Through a larger than life stage set-up, at its launch event titled ‘Drive.in’, MG Motor replicated the inside of an SUV to demonstrate the possibilities offered by a connected car. The soon-to-be-launched MG Hector is powered by…

Silver Linings in the Gloomy Chinese Smartphone Market

It is a grim time for smartphone sales in China. The largest smartphone market in the world has been on a constant decline since Q4 2017, according to data from Counterpoint’s Market Pulse service. Recovery seems to be difficult as consumers’ replacement cycles are getting longer, and smartphones have already penetrated over 96% of the market. However, even in this difficult time in the…

Dancing in the Dark – Huawei P30 Series Launch

Huawei today launched the, much leaked, P30 series. The P series forms part of a co-flagship range together with the Mate series. The Mate tends to receive a spec focus while the P series is oriented more toward specific benefits, in recent releases these have been squarely in photography. As with the Mate series there is also an emphasis on design and performance. The standout feature of the…

Global Electric Vehicle Car Sales to Reach 2 Million Units in 2019

Electric vehicle car sales demonstrating growth in most regions of the world. Over 10 million electric vehicles expected to be sold annually by 2025. March 23, 2019 With electric vehicles cars (EVs) evolving to more advanced, reliable and affordable options in the automotive market, global sales are expected to grow to around 2 million units in 2019, up from 1.2 million units in 2017, the…

50 Million Global Street Lights Expected to Be Connected by 2023

Street lighting forms the largest network of powered devices in the world. As they get digitized and fitted with sensors and control technologies, street lighting networks will be the core of smart cities. Seoul, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Beijing, London, Buenos Aires, San Diego March 21, 2019 Governments around the world are aiming to make their cities smart. In other words, they want to leverage…

Introducing Stadia, Google’s New Streaming Game Service

The Announcement Today at the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco, Google announced a new platform called Stadia. Stadia is a cloud-based gaming service that will run on Google’s custom GPUs powered by AMD to deliver a cross-platform gaming experience for those running Chrome browsers, Chromecast, and Pixel devices. The service is set to launch at some point in 2019 starting in USA,…

Average Storage Capacity in Smartphones to Cross 80GB by End-2019

The era of 1TB storage in smartphones has begun. Samsung has introduced the Galaxy S10 Plus with 1TB NAND flash memory, which is the highest storage specification of the Galaxy S10 series released this March. Strictly speaking, the Galaxy S10 Plus is not the world's first 1TB smartphone, but it is the first mainstream smartphone to be launched with such high storage. Last May, the Chinese…

Meet Counterpoint at the Indian Mobile Conclave, New Delhi

We will be attending the Indian Mobile Conclave on March 19 Our Research Director, Neil Shah will be attending the Indian Mobile Conclave in New Delhi. You can schedule a meeting with him to discuss the latest trends in the technology, media and telecommunications sector and understand how our leading research and services can help your business. He will also be moderating a panel on "4G+:…

‘Samsung Unpacked’ Packed With Plenty of Hardware Announcements

Samsung has been working overtime. The company unveiled a lot at its “Unpacked” event in San Francisco. There were five smartphones, a wearable, and ear buds unveiled---all launching between early March and September.  It is early and we were only able to handle the devices a few minutes. From this quick assessment, we give three grades to the new devices: Some are not-ready-for-mass appeal.…

Smart Feature Phones to Create US$28 billion Revenue Opportunity

Seoul, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Beijing, London, Buenos Aires, San Diego February 18th, 2019 As the penetration of smart feature phones increases across the world, new business and revenue opportunities will be created for the entire mobile value chain. Over the next three years, nearly 370 million smart feature phones are expected to be sold across the world, according to the latest research…

TSMC Benefitting from Greater Adoption of 7nm Technology

The fortunes of TSMC, a leading global foundry service provider based in Taiwan, have been linked to Apple for a long time. The company is the exclusive manufacturer of Apple’s ‘A’ series processors and often the peaks and troughs in Apple’s financial performance has looked nearly identical to that of TSMC. But with Apple issuing a profit warning, primarily due to weak performance in its…

CES 2019 Counterpoint Coverage

Counterpoint Research attended CES 2019. Total attendance was down this year. This is partially because many of the main tech sectors with the most excitement are not yet ready for prime time. It is also because more companies are branching off and doing their own developer conference or analyst / media event. Some companies are deciding to fund and attend more precise industry events instead of…

Meet Counterpoint at MWC Barcelona, 2019

Counterpoint will be attending MWC from February 25 – 28 Our analysts will be attending MWC Barcelona, 2019. You can schedule a meeting with them to discuss the latest trends in the technology, media and telecommunications sector and understand how our leading research and services can help your business. Attendees: Name Area of Specialization Research Work   Peter Richardson…

4G-LTE at the Top of the Wave in Latin America

By the end of 2018, the subscriber base for 4G-LTE had surpassed 3G in LATAM.   Although 4G subscriptions surpassed the 3G subscriptions by only 5M subs, this scale will continue to tilt towards 4G-LTE until 5G comes around. 4G-LTE smartphone sales surpassed those of 3G smartphones by the end of 2015, however, it took three years for LTE to become LATAM’s leading technology in terms of…

Global Smartphone Market Declines for The First Time in CY 2018

Q4 2018 Smartphone Shipments Declines 7%; Fifth Consecutive Quarter of Smartphone Decline Chinese Players HOVX (Huawei, OPPO, vivo, Xiaomi) Continue to Defy Market Decline Ending the Year with Positive Growth  New Delhi, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Seoul, London, Buenos Aires – January 31st, 2018 According to the latest research from Counterpoint’s Market Monitor service, global smartphone…

US Market Sell-Through Drops 10% YoY in 4Q18

US Market Sell-Through Drops 10% YoY in 4Q18 Longer smartphone holding periods, falling upgrade percentages, and an improving refurb/repair ecosystem are responsible for the sell-through decline. US remains an Apple bright spot as iPhone revenues increased 5%.    San Diego, Buenos Aires, London, New Delhi, Hong Kong, Beijing, Seoul January 29, 2019 According to the latest research from…

Samsung Led the India Premium Market for 2018, OnePlus Led Q4 2018

OnePlus led for three consecutive quarters due to strong performance of OnePlus 6 and 6T. Affordable premium model remained popular skewing the premium segment towards ₹30,000-₹40,000 segment in 2018             According to Counterpoint Research’s latest analysis on the Indian smartphone market, premium smartphone segment (≥₹30,000/US$400, Retail Price) shipments reached its highest ever in a…