Saturday, May 18, 2019
LG will start rolling out the 8K rollable TV first in South Korea, with improved displays and new form factor in the second half of 2019.
LG said it will release an 88-inch 8K OLED TV, which has four times as many pixels as 4K, as well as a 65-inch rollable OLED TV with 4K resolution to cater to various consumer needs.
The rollable TV can appear and disappear from a base unit with a click of a remote control, offering a way to hide it when not in use.
The 8K OLED TV’s main rival will be Samsung Electronics 8K QLED (quantum dot LED) TV, with its largest screen a whopping 98 inches.
LG claimed that the OLED is a perfect fit for the 8K TV market with its crisp color contrast and flexibility in creating new form factors.
“Demand for OLED will further grow when the TV market shifts (from 4K) to 8K display,” J. S. Lee, vice president of LG’s home entertainment marketing communication, said in a press briefing held at the company’s factory in Gumi, some 260 kilometers southeast of Seoul.
“OLED presents perfect black with a better contrast ratio. As OLED emits lights without a backlight panel, it has more room for changing form factors, like making it razor thin or rollable.”
LG said OLED TV sales were expected to grow 3.6 million this year on the back of rising demand for premium products and to 10 million in 2021.
The company said its OLED TV crossed a “chasm” with cumulative shipments surpassing 4 million as of March since its debut in 2013, vowing to speed up its shift from its traditional LCD to OLED lineup.
“Crossing the chasm” is a popular concept to describe the life cycle of new products that refers to overcoming the gap between “early adopters” and adoption by the mainstream market
According to market researcher IHS Markit, the ratio of OLED TVs is expected to rise from 5.7 percent of total market in 2018 to 10.4 percent in 2023.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Picture credits: SamMobile.
First Samsung has to wait a month to 45 days to the 3 korean carriers networks tests to determine if the Galaxy Fold will work properly and if it is suitable for them. These test are currently happening at this time.
Besides , Samsung has to obtain a new license for the product that compliments the problem in each country.
Samsung Electronics said it has solved the problems of the screen shield not attached enough before to the bezel and the influx of foreing subtances in the hinge because it was not blocked by the frame of the device on the upper and lower portions of it.
We expect the Galaxy Fold will be on the customers hands around June 15 to June 30. However, Samsung will announce the rigth re-launch timing depending on the test results.
yna korea via sammobile
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Challenges within the smartphone market carried right into the first quarter of 2019 (1Q19) with shipment volumes down 6.6% year over year, according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker.
Smartphone vendors shipped a total of 310.8 million units in 1Q19, which marked the sixth consecutive quarter of decline. In 2018, smartphone shipments dropped 4.1% over 2017, which was inclusive of a first quarter that was down 3.5% – just half of what the market experienced in 1Q19. This quarter's results are a clear sign that 2019 will be another down year for worldwide smartphone shipments. The only highlight from a vendor perspective was Huawei, which made a strong statement by growing volume and share despite market headwinds.
"It is becoming increasingly clear that Huawei is laser focused on growing its stature in the world of mobile devices, with smartphones being its lead horse," said Ryan Reith, program vice president with IDC's Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers. "The overall smartphone market continues to be challenged in almost all areas, yet Huawei was able to grow shipments by 50%, not only signifying a clear number two in terms of market share but also closing the gap on the market leader Samsung. This new ranking of Samsung, Huawei, and Apple is very likely what we'll see when 2019 is all said and done."
From a geographic standpoint, while the China market will likely be challenged for the remainder of 2019, it was the U.S. market that felt the worst of the downturn in 1Q19. Smartphone volumes declined 15% year over year during the quarter as replacement rates continue to slow in one of the world's largest markets. Apple iPhone challenges contributed to the exceptionally poor 1Q19 in the U.S., but they were not alone as Samsung, LG, and other top vendors also witnessed declining volumes during the quarter.
"The less than stellar first quarter in the United States can be attributed to the continued slowdown we are witnessing at the high end of the market," said Anthony Scarsella, research manager with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. "Consumers continue to hold on to their phones longer than before as newer higher priced models offer little incentive to shell out top dollar to upgrade. Moreover, the pending arrival of 5G handsets could have consumers waiting until both the networks and devices are ready for prime time in 2020."
Smartphone Company Highlights
Samsung saw volumes drop 8.1% in 1Q19 with shipments of 71.9 million. The results were enough to keep Samsung in the top spot of the market, but Huawei is continuing to close the gap between the two smartphone leaders. Despite challenging earnings in terms of profits, Samsung did say that the recently launched Galaxy S10 series did sell well during the quarter. With the 5G variant now launched in its home market of Korea and plans to bring this device and other 5G SKUs to other important markets in 2019, it will be equally crucial for Samsung not to lose focus on its mid-tier product strategy to fend off Huawei.
Huawei moved its way into a clear number two spot as the only smartphone vendor at the top of the market that saw volumes grow during 1Q19. Impressively, the company had year-over-year growth of 50.3% in 1Q19 with volumes of 59.1 million units and a 19.0% market share. Huawei is now within striking distance of Samsung at the top of the global market. In China, Huawei continued its positive momentum with a well-rounded portfolio targeting all segments from low to high. Huawei’s high-end models continued to create a strong affiliation for the mid to low-end models, which are supporting the company's overall shipment performance.
Apple had a challenging first quarter as shipments dropped to 36.4 million units representing a staggering 30.2% decline from last year. The iPhone struggled to win over consumers in most major markets as competitors continue to eat away at Apple's market share. Price cuts in China throughout the quarter along with favorable trade-in deals in many markets were still not enough to encourage consumers to upgrade. Combine this with the fact that most competitors will shortly launch 5G phones and new foldable devices, the iPhone could face a difficult remainder of the year. Despite the lackluster quarter, Apple's strong installed base along with its recent agreement with Qualcomm will be viewed as the light at the end of the tunnel heading into 2020 for the Cupertino-based giant.
Xiaomi also experienced a decline in 1Q19 with volumes of 25.0 million, which was down 10.2% year over year. Despite its continued movement into Europe and other regions, Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) remains its most important region with China, India, and Indonesia accounting for the bulk of its volume in the region. Of those three critical markets, India was the only country in Asia/Pacific where Xiaomi grew its shipments during the quarter. Its brand continues to build out in many markets including India as it continues its push beyond urban markets and into rural areas of India.
vivo returned to the top 5 of the smartphone market with volumes of 23.2 million and a market share of 7.5%, tying* it with OPPO for the number 5 position. Other than Huawei, vivo was the only other vendor at the top of the market that was able to grow shipments in 1Q19 with volumes up 24.0% over 1Q18. India continues to be its most important market outside of China, and the company continues to invest substantial money on marketing with the Indian Premier League for Cricket being a prime example of these investments.
OPPO was tied* with vivo in terms of market share, although slightly behind in terms of overall shipment volumes. OPPO shipped 23.1 million smartphones in 1Q19, enough to capture a 7.4% market share, although volumes were down 6.0% from 1Q18. The recent announcement of the Reno series brought OPPO back to the forefront of the global smartphone innovation discussion. However, lower end models like the A series continue to drive most of its smartphone volumes.
Monday, April 22, 2019
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
The long awaited Samsung Foldable phone since their first concept in 2013 at CES, is not Sci-Fi anymore, because it is finally on the hands of some Samsung friends around the globe (video below) and will be delivered to customers in April 26.
There are also some unboxing, first look and hands on videos of the Galaxy Foldable made by techkie colleages right here:
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Samsung Electronics Co. started preorders for the Galaxy Fold in the United States but closed it due to limited supplies and high demand for the new device, the South Korean electronics maker said Monday.
Samsung said it started accepting reservations for advance orders of its first foldable device for American consumers Friday but stopped a day later when the list filled up.
"The Galaxy Fold reservation list is full," Samsung said on its U.S. website, without elaborating on how many phones were available. "Due to high demand, we are unable to accept any more preorder reservations. We will alert you when Galaxy Fold is available."
Samsung's Galaxy Fold goes on sale in the U.S. at the hefty price tag of US$1,980 on April 26. The phone will be available through U.S. carriers, such as AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as electronics stores Best Buy and Samsung Store.
The company will also open preorder reservations for the foldable phone in Europe on April 26, with an official release date set for May 3.
Galaxy Fold will be launched in a 5G-only model in South Korea in mid-May, and it is expected to cost around 2.4 million won ($2,100), according to industry officials.
Samsung said earlier it aims to sell over 1 million foldable devices in the global market this year.
Samsung Galaxy S10/S10+ UNLOCKED:
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Samsung Galaxy A80 Product Specifications**
Display*** 6.7-inch FHD+ (1080×2400) Super AMOLED,
New Infinity Display
Camera Front/ Rear Main: 48MP, F2.0
Ultra Wide: 8MP, F2.2 (123°)
3D Depth Rotating Camera
Body 165.2 x 76.5 x 9.3 mm
AP Octa Core (2.2GHz Dual + 1.8GHz Hexa)
Memory 8 GB RAM
128 GB Internal Storage
Micro SD Not Supported
Battery**** 3,700mAh (typical)
25W Super Fast Charging
OS Android 9.0 (Pie)
Biometric Authentications On-Screen Fingerprint
Color Phantom Black, Angel Gold, Ghost White
Design 3D Glass + Metal Frame.
*Availability may vary by market
**All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice.
***Screen measured diagonally as a full rectangle without accounting for the rounded corners.
****Typical value tested under third-party lab condition. Rated (minimum) capacity is less. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.
New Samsung Galaxy A80: Built for the Era of Live.
Designed for digital natives who want to interact, play and share in the moment.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Friday, April 5, 2019
Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy S10 Plus has taken the top spot in the latest smartphone ratings released by US products evaluator Consumer Reports, outpacing its previous models and Apple’s smartphones when it comes to the devices’ functionality and durability.
According to Consumer Reports on Wednesday, Galaxy S10 Plus boasted the longest battery life with an average of 39.5 hours on normal use. That was about eight hours longer than the Galaxy Note 9.
Galaxy S10 plus has also proven to be more robust than its competitors in terms of the ability to withstand external shocks, according to the report. The Consumer Reports said the smartphone emerged unscratched from 100 drops in a tumbler and survived water-immersion tests.
“What puts the S10+ on top is the exceptional way it performs the basics. It has the longest battery life in our ratings, excellent cameras, and the durability to withstand the physical abuses of daily life,” the Consumer Reports said.
In terms of the camera, Consumer Reports said the Galaxy S10 has closed its “razor-thin” gaps with Apple’s latest iPhones. Apple’s smartphones have topped the Consumer Report’s testing on cameras in previous years.
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