The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect smartphone sales as a new report from Counterpoint Research states that the premium smartphone segment recorded a decline of 13% YoY globally. In the lead is Apple, contributing 4 out of the top 5 premium smartphones sold globally, followed by Samsung and then Huawei.
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The premium smartphone market (>Rs. 30000) has been a competition between Samsung Apple and OnePlus for many quarters now. In the first quarter of 2020, the market saw a growth of 21% YoY, with Samsung managing to edge out Apple to take the lead as India’s current top premium smartphone manufacturer.
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Being the only one among the top 3 to record a positive growth for the first quarter of 2020, the Indian smartphone market shipped 32.4 million units overall. This calculates to a growth of 1.5% YoY, whereas the Chinese and US markets saw a decline of 20.3% YoY and 16.0% YoY respectively. The top 5 manufacturers continue to be Xiaomi, Vivo, Samsung, realme and OPPO.
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The Q3 2019 reports released by IDC revealed a decline of 3.6% YoY in smartphone shipments in China during Q3 2019. Now, IDC has released the shipments report for Q1 2020 and it reveals the largest decline ever in China smartphone market.
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Worldwide smartphone shipments decreased 11.7% year over year in Q2 2020, according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. In total, companies shipped a 275.8 million smartphones during quarter making this is the largest annual (year over year) decline ever and the first time smartphone market has fallen below 300 million units in a quarter since Q2 2014. This is mainly due to COVID-19 pandemic and the peak of the lockdowns in China, which extended to the rest of the world by the end of the quarter. Continue reading “Worldwide smartphone shipments fall below 300 million, down 11.7% YoY in Q1 2020 due to COVID-19”
The coronavirus pandemic has impacted several industries and business across the world including the smartphone industry. While the shipments increased 10% YoY during Q4 2019, the Q1 2020 report shows a modest growth as COVID-19 impacted shipments late in the Quarter.
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HMD Global has started rolling out Android 10 update for the Nokia 4.2 smartphone, which makes it the 10th Nokia phone to get the update after the Nokia 8.1, Nokia 9 PureView, Nokia 7.1, Nokia 6.1 Plus, Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 6.1, Nokia 2.2, Nokia 7.2, and Nokia 3.2. It was launched last year running Android Pie. Android 10 brings a number of additional privacy and security features for users, as well as Dark Theme, Focus mode, dedicated ‘Privacy section’, and lots more.
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Due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, many companies are announcing special measures to help people and recently Uber, Google Maps, telecom operators announced their special measures. Smartphone companies in India have announced warranty extension due to the lockdown and in this post, we list the companies that are offering warranty extension for their products.
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Last month, the GST Council in its 39th meeting increased GST rates for several products including mobile phones from 12% to 18% applicable from April 1st, 2020 and earlier today Apple, POCO announced the new prices. Now, Redmi, OPPO, vivo, realme, Samsung, and iQOO have announced the new prices of their smartphones and here’s a list of smartphones with new prices post-GST Rate Hike.
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The uncertainty in the spread of the Coronavirus outbreak is now starting to affect the worldwide smartphone shipment recovery for the year 2020, with IDC predicting a 2.3% decline, down to 1.3 billion shipments. The first half of 2020 will see a decline of 10.6% YoY, with the market predicted to only make up ground in the second half with accelerated 5G efforts.
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Tecno, a budget smartphone brand has launched two new phones as part of its Camon series of photography focused phones called the 15 and 15 Pro. Differentiating between the two phones, the 15 Pro has a 32MP Pop-Up Selfie camera while the Camon 15 uses 16MP dot-in selfie Camera.
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In recent times, we have seen a push towards smartphone manufacturers taking the security of their devices more seriously. According to a report, about one-third of global smartphones sold in 2019 had some level of embedded hardware security chips in them, with Apple continuing to be in the lead.
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Back in 2017, Android creator Andy Rubin launched the Essential brand and the Essential Phone PH-1 was the company’s first smartphone. After almost 3 years, the company is shutting down and it confirmed that the PH-1 smartphone won’t be receiving future updates.
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While China remains as the biggest smartphone market in the world, it saw a decline in 2019 by about 7.5%, shipping about 366.7 million units in total. Q4 2019 was not a good quarter either as a decline of 15.6% YoY was reported, with the shipment volume coming up to 86.2 million.
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India continues to be the second biggest smartphone market in the world, with over 152 million units that calculates 8.0% year-over-year (YoY) growth, according to IDC. The top 5 smartphone manufacturer who sold the most amount of units in India for 2019 were: Xiaomi, Vivo, Samsung, OPPO and realme.
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