Taiwanese fabless semiconductor company MediaTek has emerged as the top company in its sector in the second quarter, grabbing a 43% share of the smartphone application processor/system on chip chipset shipments, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says.
Global smartwatch shipments appear to have recovered from any COVID-19 impact, with figures in the second quarter of 2021 rising by 27% compared to the corresponding quarter in 2020, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says.
Apple's iPhone 12 series has hit 100 million in sales globally, reaching this figure by April, the technology analyst company Counterpoint Research says, adding that the milestone was achieved in the seventh month after the model was launched, two months less than it took the iPhone 11 series to reach the same figure.
Apple bucked the trend in global smartwatch shipments in the first quarter of 2021, increasing its shipments by 50% year-on-year, compared to a growth rate of 35% for the overall market, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says.
Chinese smartphone brand realme has seen its sales grow by 82% quarter-on-quarter and 451% year-on-year during the first quarter of 2021, making it the seventh biggest brand in the Middle Kingdom, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says.
The iPhone 12 has dominated the best-sellers list for the first quarter of 2021, both in terms of volume and revenue, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says.
Both in speed and adoption, 5G has outstripped earlier technologies such as 4G and 3G, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says, accounting for more than 60% of devices sold in the first two months of 2021 in the US.
Proudly billing itself as a global emerging consumer technology brand, realme reports having shipped 12.8 million smartphones globally in the first quarter of 2021, according to data from Counterpoint Research.
A survey of the open RAN radios available from both established and new markets has found that there are still significant challenges for the vendors before they gained traction in the market.
Sales of smartphones in the US grew by 19% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2021, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says, adding that this growth was helped greatly by 5G offerings from Apple, Samsung and OnePlus.
Smartphone sales in Europe grew by 6% in the first three months of 2021 following a difficult 2020, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research firm says, adding that despite this figures are still down due to ongoing COVID-19 challenges.
India has recorded a big rise in smartphone shipments during the first quarter of 2021, but this is likely to be reversed just as sharply during the second quarter, as the coronavirus takes a vice-like grip on the country.
The production of a Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra mmWave 128GB smartphone costs Samsung Electronics up to US$533 (A$691.1), about 7% less than the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research claims.
Chinese smartphone maker vivo has taken the top spot in its home market for the first, beating its own stablemate, OPPO, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says.
The exit of South Korean smartphone maker LG from the industry on 31 July will benefit at least four other players, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says.
Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus has announced a tie-up with Swedish camera maker Hasselblad to develop camera systems for its flagship devices, including the OnePlus 9 series which is to be launched later this month.
OPPO, one of three smartphone brands owned by giant B.B.K. Electronics, has become the number one smartphone brand in China for the first time, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says, adding that this was achieved in January. OPPO was also the top 5G brand in the sub-US$600 (A$780) price segment.
The prices of 5G devices in the US are likely to drop as low as US$200 (A$257) this year, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says, adding that this could come about due to the expanding coverage and OEMs looking to meet demand at different prices.
The European smartphone market had a rollercoaster of a year in 2020, experiencing a drop of 14% in sales year-on-year with April being the worst month with sales down by almost 50% on the corresponding month in 2019.
Finnish telecommunications equipment provider Nokia will struggle in the coming year with a further reduction in its market share expected, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says.
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