Tuesday, April 30, 2019

1Q 2019: Worldwide smartphone market share: Samsung 23.1%, Huawei 19%, Apple 11.7%, says IDC





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 (IDCWorldwide 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

Statement: Samsung to postpone the launch of the Galaxy Fold.


Samsung Statement:

We recently unveiled a completely new mobile category: a smartphone using multiple new technologies and materials to create a display that is flexible enough to fold. We are encouraged by the excitement around the Galaxy Fold.

While many reviewers shared with us the vast potential they see, some also showed us how the device needs further improvements that could ensure the best possible user experience.

To fully evaluate this feedback and run further internal tests, we have decided to delay the release of the Galaxy Fold. We plan to announce the release date in the coming weeks.

Initial findings from the inspection of reported issues on the display showed that they could be associated with impact on the top and bottom exposed areas of the hinge. There was also an instance where substances found inside the device affected the display performance.

We will take measures to strengthen the display protection. We will also enhance the guidance on care and use of the display including the protective layer so that our customers get the most out of their Galaxy Fold.

We value the trust our customers place in us and they are always our top priority. Samsung is committed to working closely with customers and partners to move the industry forward. We want to thank them for their patience and understanding.




Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Samsung Galaxy Fold is finally here. Video Ad. Unboxing and Hands on Videos.




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:

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

USA: Samsung Galaxy Fold pre-orders fully booked.




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.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Samsung Galaxy A70 Specifications. TV Video Commercial.





Samsung Galaxy A80 Specifications. TV Video Commercial.





Samsung Galaxy A80 Product Specifications**

  Galaxy A80
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.








Press Release:

New Samsung Galaxy A80: Built for the Era of Live.

Designed for digital natives who want to interact, play and share in the moment.
Samsung Electronics reveals the new Galaxy A80 – a smartphone created for the way people are engaging in the Era of Live. People are increasingly using their smartphones to share live interactions – capturing spontaneous photos, streaming live video and connecting over shared experiences that are happening right now. We are moving from the ‘era of the selfie’ to the ‘era of live’, where people are fostering more genuine and meaningful connections. Built to drive this evolution, the Galaxy A80 offers compelling innovations: a captivating, full-screen display, Samsung’s first revolutionary rotating camera and an intelligent battery.

“Consumers are at the center of everything we do and they search for devices personalized to their specific lifestyle. Armed with our expertise, global capabilities and rich consumer insights, Samsung is uniquely positioned to provide innovations for everyone,” said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “The Galaxy A Series provides a range of models so everyone can choose a device that fits their unique needs and enables them to pursue their passions. The Galaxy A80 offers premium features for digital natives who want to fully engage in the Era of Live.” 

Capture the World as You See It

Created with Samsung’s first rotating camera, the Galaxy A80 lets people seamlessly capture the world around them. When users select the selfie mode in the camera app, the three cameras automatically pop-up from the back of the phone and rotate. The innovative camera mechanism delivers the same extraordinary triple camera experience with the same high-resolution lens, front and rear, so you never have to sacrifice on quality.

With the 48MP main camera, users can now shoot vivid images day and night. The Galaxy A80’s 3D Depth camera offers Live Focus videos by scanning objects for measurement and depth. Built with an Ultra Wide angle lens with the same viewing angle as the human eye, so your favorite views can be shared with less panning.

The Super Steady video mode helps you effortlessly capture content by reducing video shake to ensure smooth, pro-level action videos. And with other intelligent camera features such as Scene Optimizer that can recognize and enhance up to 30 scenes, and Flaw Detection that automatically identifies glitches before you click, you’ll never miss the perfect shot. 

Enjoy Immersive Multimedia Experiences

Enabled by the rotating camera, people can experience an uninhibited view with Samsung’s first New Infinity Display. Featuring the 6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED screen, Galaxy A80 brings you content in vivid detail, letting you get fully immersed in every game, video, photo and story.

Galaxy A80’s Dolby Atmos lets you lose yourself in the sound with a 360-degree audience experience when using earphones or Bluetooth speakers. 

Stay Connected for Longer

The Galaxy A80’s 3,700mAh battery and its Super-Fast Charging at 25W capabilities keep you connected for longer and gives you more freedom by allowing you to charge your phone quickly – so you don’t miss a beat.

The Galaxy A80 also features an intelligent battery which learns your daily routine and app usage patterns to optimize your phone’s power consumption. The Adaptive Power Saving Mode enables users to be reassured knowing the smart battery is running most efficiently for the best performance needed. 

Access What You Need, When You Need It – Safely and Securely

The Galaxy A80’s Intelligent Performance Enhancer provides AI-powered performance optimization software, which adjusts the battery, CPU and RAM of your device based on your unique usage, helping your phone work harder and launch apps faster when you need them.

Bixby Routines helps keep you on track by learning your app usage patterns and analyzing your habits so that it knows which features you need, when you need them. Bixby Routines automates your everyday tasks and apps based on your routine, such as driving or being at work.

Fortified by Samsung Knox, Samsung’s defense-grade security platform designed to protect from chipset to software, people can enjoy the freedom of connection safely on Galaxy A80. This allows people to use Samsung Pass to access apps and websites by using biometric authentication. To increase ease-of-use, a fingerprint scanner was embedded on-screen so people can intuitively unlock their phone.

To complement people’s active lifestyles, Galaxy A80 includes button-activated or hands-free Bixby so that users can get connected to the information needed more conveniently. Users can also easily access other features such as Bixby Vision, Bixby Home, and Reminder while on-the-go. The Galaxy A80 also features key Galaxy experiences including Samsung Health, Samsung Pay* and more.

Express Your Style with an Elegant Design


The Galaxy A80 is available in three colors: Angel Gold, Ghost White and Phantom Black. The Angel Gold color includes elements of pink, while the Ghost White option combines some blue characteristics, so these colors look different depending on light direction and reflection.


The Galaxy A80’s sleek design and comfortable, ergonomic grip ensures it fits comfortably in your hand – so it’s easy to use when on-the-go.

For more information about the Galaxy A Series, visit news.samsung.com/galaxywww.samsungmobilepress.com or www.samsung.com/galaxy.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Where to watch Samsung Galaxy event of tomorrow April 10th?




Samsung invitation for April 10th event and where to watch:


With just a day to go until A Galaxy Event, the anticipation is building as Samsung prepares to unveil the latest additions to its Galaxy A series at three exciting events held around the world.

These events will take place on April 10 in Bangkok, Milan and São Paolo and will introduce the latest Galaxy A series devices, designed for the way we communicate in the Era of Live.

If you’re not able to make it to the event in person, Samsung is providing live streaming coverage of the Bangkok event as it happens. Just tune in to any of the links below tomorrow at 7 p.m. ICT and get ready for the Era of Live!

Tune in via Samsung’s Official Websites

Visit Samsung NewsroomSamsung.com or Samsung Mobile Press when the event starts. 

Tune in on Twitter

Visit the SamsungMobile Twitter page when the event starts. 

Tune in on Instagram

Visit SamsungMobile Instagram page when the event starts.

For more information on the latest Galaxy products, be sure to stay tuned to the Samsung Newsroom Galaxy page.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus smartphone, tops ratings of Consumer Reports.

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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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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G available in April 5, starting South Korea and will expand to more markets. Specifications,




The Samsung Galaxy S10 for 5G Networks will be available from April 5, 2019 starting with South Korea and will expand to additional markets right after.

The Specifications:

Galaxy S10 5G:

Display:
6.7-inch Quad HD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9
*Default resolution is Full HD+ and can be changed to Quad HD+ (WQHD+) in Settings.
*Screen measured diagonally as a full rectangle without accounting for the rounded corners; actual viewing area is less due to rounded corners and camera hole.

Camera Rear: 
Quadruple Camera with Dual OIS
– Telephoto: 12MP PDAF, F2.4, OIS (45°)
– Wide-angle: 12MP Super Speed Dual Pixel AF, F1.5/F2.4, OIS (77°)
– Ultra Wide: 16MP FF, F2.2 (123°)
– 0.5X/2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom
– 3D Depth: hQVGAFront:
– Selfie: 10MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.9 (80°)
– 3D Depth: hQVGA

Body 77.1 x 162.6 x 7.9mm
198g

AP
7nm 64-bit Octa-core processor (Max. 2.8 GHz + 2.4 GHz + 1.7 GHz)
8nm 64-bit Octa-core processor (Max. 2.7 GHz + 2.3 GHz + 1.9 GHz)
*May differ by market and mobile operator.

Memory 8GB +  256GB/512GB
*May differ by market and mobile operator.
*User memory is less than the total memory due to storage of the operating system and software used to operate the device features. Actual user memory will vary depending on the operator and may change after software upgrades are performed.

Battery 4,500mAh
Super Fast Charging compatible on wired with QC2.0, AFC and PD3.0
Fast Charging compatible on wireless
Improved wireless charging speeds with Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
Wireless PowerShare
*Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 only available with Samsung devices that support 10W+ wireless charging, such as the left pad on the Wireless Charger Duo Pad (sold separately). Wireless charger requires power connection

OS Android 9.0 (Pie)

Network
Enhanced 4×4 MIMO, Up to 7CA, LAA, LTE Cat.20
– 2.0Gbps download, 150Mbps Upload + None Standalone (NSA), Sub6 / mmWave (28G, 39G)
*May differ by market and mobile operator.
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM
– 1.2Gbps Download / 1.2Gbps Upload
*May differ by market and mobile operator.Bluetooth® v 5.0, ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo*, Glonass, BeiDou*)
*Galileo and BeiDou coverage may be limited.

Payment
NFC, MST
*May differ by market and mobile operator.

Sensors
Accelerometer, Barometer, Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor
Authentication Lock Type: Swipe, Pattern, PIN, Password
Biometric Lock Types: Fingerprints, Face.

Audio
Stereo speakers and earphones: Sound by AKG
Surround sound with Dolby Atmos technology (Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus included)

Audio Playback Format:
MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, DSF, DFF, APE

Video MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM


*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.

Press Release:

The Next Generation Speed and Performance Starts with Galaxy S10 5G, Samsung’s First 5G Smartphone on the Market


Samsung Electronics today announced the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will be available for purchase in Korea starting April 5, 2019. Over the past decade, Samsung has worked closely with network operators, device manufacturers and software developers to make 5G a reality with its complete end-to-end solution. Now, consumers will be able to unlock an entirely new mobile experience with the most advanced network available and the powerful and innovative features of the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.

“We are at the beginning of a new era where the incredible speed and connectivity of 5G becomes a reality, bringing the world closer to Samsung’s vision of connected living,” said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics. “We are proud of the work we’ve accomplished to bring our first 5G smartphone to market and look forward to bringing it to everyone around the world in the coming year.”

Leading the World to 5G

As one of the only companies with an end-to-end 5G solution from chipsets, network core, radio solutions and user devices, Samsung is uniquely positioned to deliver a next-generation smartphone and network – in Korea, the 5G commercial network has been on air since December 1, 2018 by all mobile operators using Samsung’s 5G network core and radio solutions.

The introduction of the Galaxy S10 5G is a key milestone in Samsung’s research and development that also includes key breakthroughs like the world’s first gigabit speed 5G transmission, the first 5G handover between multiple cells, and now, its first 5G smartphone available on the market. 

Bringing the New Era of Connectivity to Life

The Galaxy S10 5G puts the unrivaled power, speed and connectivity of 5G networks directly into the hands of consumers. With speeds up to roughly 20 times faster than 4G networks, consumers on a 5G network can download a full season of a TV show in minutes, play graphics-rich cloud games, stream 4K video with virtually no lag and enjoy enhanced VR and AR experiences. Additionally, 5G will unite more than 1 million devices per square kilometer transforming how consumers live, communicate and work by connecting not only smartphones but vehicles, factories, offices and cities as well.1

To take full advantage of the increased power of 5G, the Galaxy S10 5G includes new advanced features that expand the viewing experience with the largest display available on a S Series device, create stunning photos and videos with intelligence and offer the powerful performance needed to keep pace.

  • Large Viewing Experience: The Galaxy S10 5G’s 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with edge-to-edge screen allows digital 5G content to be seen as it was intended. Samsung has developed a visual display that fully immerses consumers in the high-quality HD content, games, augmented reality and video conferencing made possible through 5G.

  • ProGrade Hexa Camera: The Galaxy S10 5G significantly upgrades the smartphone camera with a neural processing unit (NPU), to help with the perfect shot, as well as six total cameras including the 3D Depth Camera. It accurately provides depth information by measuring the length of time for a light signal to bounce off subjects to deliver bokeh effects with Live focus video, measure objects with Quick Measure.

  • Ultimate Performance: In addition to delivering the speed to download a season of HD television in minutes or buffer-free experiences for uninterrupted streaming, the Galaxy S10 5G packs a 4,500mAh battery for streaming content and playing games without needing to recharge frequently. For those times where power may be low, the Galaxy S10 5G uses Super Fast charging at 25W.

Galaxy S10 5G will be available in Majestic Black, Royal Gold, Crown Silver colors starting in Korea beginning April 5, 2019 and will expand to additional markets after.

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