Thursday, October 31, 2019

3Q2019: Tablets WorldWide market share: Apple 31.4%, Amazon 14.5%, Samsung 12.3%, says IDC.

• Data is preliminary and subject to change. Some IDC estimates prior to financial earnings reports. Data for all companies are reported for calendar periods.
• The total tablet market includes slate tablets plus detachable tablets. References to "tablets" in this release include both slate tablets and detachable devices.
• "Convertibles" refers to convertible notebooks, which are notebook PCs that have keyboards that can either flip, spin, or twist, but unlike detachable tablets, convertible notebook keyboards are hardwired to the display.
• Shipments include shipments to distribution channels or end-users. OEM sales are counted under the company/brand under which they are sold.
• The "Company" represents the current parent company (or holding company) for all brands owned and operated as a subsidiary.
The worldwide tablet market returned to growth in the third quarter of 2019 (3Q19) with 37.6 million units shipped globally for a year-over-year increase of 1.9%, according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDCWorldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker.
Tablet Company Highlights
Apple maintained its lead and grew 21.8% over last year. The introduction of a new iPad late in the quarter helped the company gain share, growing from 26.3% in 3Q18 to 31.4% in 3Q19. By including the Smart Connecter on its latest device, all of Apple's iPads except the Mini now offer a detachable keyboard option. This, combined with the iPad OS, makes Apple the largest player in the detachable space and a greater threat to the traditional PC market. managed to grab the second spot (usually held by Samsung) during the quarter, growing shipments 25.6% year over year. The introduction of the new Fire 7 last quarter combined with the company's annual Prime Day Sale helped drive shipments. With the latest refresh of the Fire 10 and the upcoming holiday season, Amazon continues to position itself as one of the most popular tablet brands.
Samsung slipped into third place, shipping 4.6 million units in the quarter. The Tab A series continues to be incredibly popular accounting for more than half of Samsung's shipments while the Tab S series has helped raise the company's profile as a premium Android tablet vendor.
Huawei shipped 3.6 million units in 3Q19 for a year-over-year decline of 4.4%. The company has faced steady pressure from the United States, and this has led to a bit of retrenchment as the majority of the company's shipments were in China.
Lenovo rounded out the top 5, growing its share slightly from 6.3% in 3Q18 to 6.7% in the current quarter. The company's performance in Asia/Pacific including Japan along with Europe, Middle East & Africa, continued to be a driver.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Samsung teases the clamshell foldable smartphone. Video.

Samsung Developer Conference 2019

Samsung said before they were testing several ways of foldable smartphones. and was granted some patents about them. The first foldable smartphone they made and it is out to the market is the Galaxy Fold and now the next smartphone will be a clamshell-type, similar to the before flip phones of the past but with the technologies of today.

Rumors are saying the device will have a 6.7-inch screen when it is unfolded and probably will be thinner and cheaper than the Galaxy Fold.

The clamshell foldable smartphone may be unveiled at the MWC2020 in February 2020 as the Galaxy Fold was this year.

The teaser above was shown at the Samsung Developer Conference 2019 that took place on October 29-30, 2019

Samsung introduced the Galaxy Book Flex and the Galaxy Book Ion. Specifications.

SDC19: Samsung Delivers a New Computing Experience with Galaxy Book Flex and Galaxy Book Ion.

Samsung Electronics yesterday introduced the Galaxy Book Flex and the Galaxy Book Ion at the Samsung Developer Conference 2019 (SDC19), two premium laptops offering ultra-portable and ultra-powerful computing experiences to meet the unique needs of modern professionals for their always-on-the-go lifestyles. Today’s on-the-go consumers need PCs that deliver maximum productivity while being mobile enough to take wherever you’re going. Galaxy Book Flex and Galaxy Book Ion were built for that and more, offering a seamless continuity across multiple devices.

“Consumers often have to choose between mobility and high-performance hardware when choosing a laptop,” said YoungGyoo Choi, Senior Vice President of, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics. “Galaxy Book Flex and Galaxy Book Ion eliminate the need to compromise by offering powerful performance with unparalleled portability and display innovation.”

New Laptops with New Innovations 

Galaxy Book Flex and Galaxy Book Ion feature the world’s first QLED Display on a laptop, offering a vivid, true-to-life viewing experience. Outdoor Mode, enabled by a maximum 600-nit display capability, ensures every detail is clear even under bright sunlight. Both devices make it easy to go cordless thanks to long-lasting batteries and power-conserving displays. Samsung’s industry-leading Wireless PowerShare feature can also charge any of your Qi-compatible smartphones, Galaxy Buds or wearables with the laptop’s touchpad. Galaxy Book Flex and Galaxy Book Ion both exemplify Samsung’s design legacy for an ultra-thin and light device that easily slips into bags and backpacks without the added bulk.

Co-engineered with Intel as part of the Project Athena innovation program, Galaxy Book Flex and Galaxy Book Ion passed rigorous testing to meet the program’s targets for advanced computing experiences and specifications to enable exceptional responsiveness, high-efficiency battery life, and instant action. Galaxy Book Flex and Galaxy Book Ion also boast 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors for intelligent performance and stunning entertainment, and Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) and Thunderbolt™ 3, industry-leading wireless and wired standards for fast, flexible and easy connectivity.

“We are building on our long history with Samsung to drive innovation and bring new mobile computing experiences to market,” said Gregory Bryant, Intel executive vice president, and general manager of the Client Computing Group. “The introduction of Galaxy Book Flex and Galaxy Book Ion, the first Project Athena-verified laptops from Samsung and both based on 10th Gen Intel Core, showcases what can be achieved when we bring great engineering talent together to work towards a united vision of a new computing experience of the future.”

Galaxy Book Flex: A Powerful, Portable, Premium 2-in-1

Galaxy Book Flex is designed for people who need the latest and greatest technology to help them push the envelope and achieve more. Galaxy Book Flex can handle every demanding task thrown at it, from perfecting the latest line of code to sketching the latest artistic creation. Galaxy Book Flex’s 360-degree hinge lets the user experience the device both as a tablet and a PC. Designed for the road, Galaxy Book Flex sports an aluminum body for added protection with a “Royal Blue” finish that will turn heads. With the enhanced S Pen’s new gesture controls, you can quickly switch slides in PowerPoint during a presentation, or rewind a video you’re showing to friends using just your hand. Optimized S Pen apps provide powerful writing and drawing experience across the device. Access to the expansive PENUP community is also available for the first time ever on a laptop, allowing users to easily create and share their favorite sketches. And built-in biometric credentialing, powered by Windows Hello, provides peace of mind even in the most unfamiliar places.

Galaxy Book Ion: An Advanced, Agile, Ultra-Lightweight PC

Galaxy Book Ion was built for the on-the-go professional who isn’t bound to a desk. Made with ultralight magnesium, its clamshell frame and ultrathin design were engineered specifically with portability in mind, measuring just 12.9/14.9mm thick and weighing less than a kilogram1. Galaxy Book Ion’s 15.6-inch version comes with an additional SSD and DDDR4 RAM slot, boosting PC performance without adding any bulk. Featuring a luxurious “Aura Silver” color, Galaxy Book Ion offers a spectrum of hues at every angle, giving it a premium look to complement its portable design.

Both Galaxy Book Flex and Galaxy Book Ion will be available in two sizes, 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch, starting from December in select market. For more information about Galaxy Book Flex and Galaxy Book Ion, visit

Product Specifications

Galaxy Book Flex 13Galaxy Book Flex 15
Dimensions302.6 x 202.9 x 12.9 mm355.0 x 227.2 x 14.9 mm
Weight1.15kg1.52kg / 1.57kg (Discrete graphics model)
Display13.3″ QLED FHD Display (1920 x 1080)15.6″ QLED FHD Display (1920 x 1080)
CPU10th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor (Ice Lake)10th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor (Ice Lake)
GraphicsIntel® Iris Plus Graphics or Intel®UHD Graphics NVIDIA® GeForce® MX250 Graphics with GDDR5 2 GB Graphic Memory / Intel® Iris Plus Graphics / Intel® UHD Graphics
MemoryUp to 16GB (LPDDR4x)Up to 16GB (LPDDR4x)
StorageUp to 1TB SSD (NVMe)Up to 1TB SSD (NVMe)
WLANWi-Fi 6 (Gig+), 802.11 ax 2×2Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), 802.11 ax 2×2
Camera / Mic720p HD / Dual Array Mic720p HD / Dual Array Mic
AudioAKG Stereo Speakers with Smart AmpAKG Stereo Speakers with Smart Amp
S PenBuilt-in S PenBuilt-in S Pen
Battery69.7Wh (Typical)69.7Wh (Typical)
PortsThunderbolt™ 3 (2) | USB-C | UFS/MicroSD Combo | HP/MicThunderbolt™ 3 (2) | USB-C | UFS/MicroSD Combo | HP/Mic

 Galaxy Book Ion 13Galaxy Book Ion 15
Dimensions305.7 x 199.8 x 12.9 mm356.1 x 228.0 x 14.9 mm
Weight0.97 kg 1.19kg / 1.26kg (Discrete graphics model)
Display13.3″QLED FHD Display (1920 x 1080)15.6″QLED FHD Display (1920 x 1080)
CPU10th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor (Comet Lake)10th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor (Comet Lake)
GraphicsIntel® UHD GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce® MX250 Graphics with GDDR5 2 GB Graphic Memory / Intel® UHD Graphics
MemoryUp to 16GB (DDR4)Up to 16GB (DDR4) + 1 Sodimm
StorageUp to 1TB SSD (NVMe)Up to 1TB SSD (NVMe)
+ 1 SSD expandable slot
WLANWi-Fi 6 (Gig+), 802.11 ax 2×2Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), 802.11 ax 2×2
Camera / Mic720p HD / Dual Array Mic720p HD / Dual Array Mic
AudioAKG Stereo Speakers with Smart AmpAKG Stereo Speakers with Smart Amp
Battery69.7Wh (Typical)69.7Wh (Typical)
PortsThunderbolt™ 3 | USB 3.0 (2) | HDMI | UFS/MicroSD Combo | HP/MicThunderbolt™ 3 | USB 3.0 (2) | HDMI | UFS/MicroSD Combo | HP/Mic

1Available on Galaxy Book Ion 13 only

Monday, October 28, 2019

Samsung introduces Flip 2 an interactive display for teamwork. Videos.

Full video ad:

Introducing Flip 2, A New Way for Your Best Work-Life.

Samsung Flip is an interactive display that simplifies teamwork without any hassle. With Flip 2, you can create freely thanks to the smooth pen-to-paper-like writing experience. 
Ideas flow through smooth collaboration with an intuitive user interface. And with a host of convenient features, presenting is easier and more flexible than ever so you and your team can share insights and expertise from any source.
 Whether you’re solving your next big problem, brainstorming your next big idea, planning your next presentation or designing your next project, Flip 2 helps make sure you’re getting it all done right. Welcome to your best work life.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Intel introduces Tremont microarchitecture. Video.

What’s New: Today at the Linley Fall Processor Conference in Santa Clara, Calif., Intel revealed the first architectural details related to Tremont. Intel’s newest and most advanced low-power x86 CPU architecture, Tremont offers a significant performance boost over prior generations.
“Tremont is Intel’s most advanced low-power x86 architecture to date. We focused on a range of modern, complex workloads, while considering networking, client, browser and battery so that we could raise performance efficiently across the board. It is a world-class CPU architecture designed for enhanced processing power in compact, low-power packages.”
–Stephen Robinson, Intel Tremont Chief Architect
Why It Matters: Tremont next-generation low-power x86 microarchitecture delivers significant IPC (instructions per cycle) gains gen-over-gen compared with Intel’s prior low-power x86 architectures. Designed for enhanced processing power in compact, low-power packages, Tremont-based processors will enable a new generation of innovative form factors for client devices, creative applications for the internet of things (IoT), efficient data center products and more.
When combined with other technologies across Intel’s broader IP portfolio, this architecture will enable a new generation of products. Using Intel’s 3D packaging technology Foveros, Tremont is integrated within a wider set of silicon IPs in Lakefield, which will power breakthrough innovative devices like the recently announced dual-screen Microsoft Surface Neo.
Performant architectures are the foundation of chips that capture and process data. Low-power solutions are essential to enabling new use cases driven by smaller form factors.
The Details: Intel Tremont includes several advancements in ISA (instruction set architecture), microarchitecture, security and power management. It delivers significant IPC gains gen-over-gen as compared with Intel’s prior low-power x86 architectures, making it a first-class offering for powering a new generation of Intel products across client, IoT and data center offerings. Tremont’s unique 6-wide (2×3-wide clustered) out-of-order decoder in the front end allows for a more efficient feed to the wider back end, which is fundamental for performance.
For more complete information about performance and benchmark results, visit Intel’s Performance Benchmark page.
  • Intel Tremont 1
    Intel Corporation in October 2019 introduced its Tremont microarchitecture. Intel Tremont advances instruction set architecture, microarchitecture, security and power management. Tremont is designed for enhanced processing power in compact, low-power packages. Tremont-based processors will enable a new generation of innovative form factors. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Samsung introduces the mobile processor Exynos 990 alongside the 5G Exynos Modem 5123


New Premium Mobile Processor and 5G Modem Unveiled at Samsung Tech Day

Samsung’s Exynos 990 and Exynos Modem 5123 leverage 7nm- EUV technology
The new mobile solutions will empower tomorrow’s mobile devices with unprecedented performance and efficiency

Samsung Electronics, a world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, today announced at its Samsung Tech Day 2019 two silicon products specifically tailored for future mobile devices that will make intensive use of video and artificial intelligence (AI) applications as well as 5G communications.
Both the Exynos 990 premium mobile processor and ultra-fast next-generation 5G Exynos Modem 5123 harness the most advanced 7-nanometer (nm) process technology using extreme ultra-violet (EUV) to provide unprecedented performance and accelerated product development options for mobile manufacturers.
“Milestones in technological advancements are imminent all around us. Mobile 5G technology is opening new avenues for communication and connection, while AI is poised to become an everyday tool for people worldwide,” noted Inyup Kang, president of System LSI Business at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung’s Exynos 990 and Exynos Modem 5123 are perfectly adapted for high-volume 5G and AI applications, and are designed to help the world’s most ambitious enterprises, large and small, achieve their goals of bringing new capabilities to their markets .”
New levels of mobile gaming and other graphics-intensive operations are enabled by the Exynos 990’s inclusion of an embedded Arm Mali-G77 GPU, the first premium GPU based on the new Valhall architecture, which improves graphic performance or power efficiency by up to 20 percent. This comes in addition to an overall 20-percent performance boost from an extremely powerful and flexible tri-cluster CPU structure that consists of two powerful custom cores, two high-performance Cortex-A76 cores and four power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores.
The Exynos 990 also makes on-device AI practical and useful, with a top-class dual-core neural processing unit (NPU) and improved digital signal processor (DSP) that can perform over ten-trillion operations (TOPs) per second.
The NPU enables localized AI in a smartphone or other mobile platform, allowing data to be processed on-device, rather than going through a network and a server, for added efficiency and security. This can also help enhance AI features such as facial recognition and scene detection for richer mobile experiences.
Next-generation mobile connectivity needs are addressed by the 5G Exynos Modem 5123, one of the first 5G modem chips manufactured using a 7nm EUV process. It supports virtually all networks, from 5G’s sub-6GHz and mmWave spectrums to 2G GSM/CDMA, 3G WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, HSPA and 4G LTE, with outstanding downlink speed across the board. In 5G, with up to 8-carrier aggregation (8CA), the modem delivers a maximum downlink speed of up to 5.1-gigabits per second (Gbps) in sub-6-gigahertz (GHz) and 7.35Gbps in mmWave, or up to 3.0Gbps in 4G networks by supporting higher-order 1024 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM).
The Exynos 990 complements these modem speeds with a very wide memory bandwidth that supports LPDDR5 data rates of up to 5,500 megabits per second (Mb/s). The processor also features a 120Hz refresh-rate display driver, which makes games come alive by reducing screen tearing and enabling smoother animations even on devices with multiple displays, such as foldable phones. Also on board is an advanced image signal processor (ISP) that supports up to six individual image sensors with concurrent processing of three; this enables pro-grade photography, with resolution up to 108-megapixels.
The Exynos 990 and Exynos Modem 5123 are expected to begin mass production by the end of this year.
For more information about Samsung’s Exynos products, please visit


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Samsung is planning roll-up displays and rotating cameras for new smartphones.

Samsung Electronics may load some of its upcoming Galaxy smartphones, including the Galaxy S11 series, with rollable displays and rotating cameras.

The South Korean tech giant filed a patent with the World Intellectual Property Office in April for its combination of a rollable display and a rotating camera module, showed a patent document uncovered by Lets Go Digital based in the Netherlands.

The document showed an image of a device with a front screen that had a narrow metal frame for a rollable display to slide through.

When the user slides the screen downward, stated the image description, the rear of the device stretches to make the front screen larger. 

The patent also mentioned a dual camera with a rotating mechanism, similar to the one featured on the Galaxy A80 phone launched earlier this year for limited markets such as Thailand and India.

Samsung has been testing rotating cameras in which the lens rotates from the rear screen to the front screen when the user chooses selfie mode, having first used them in its Galaxy A series. It now appears to be combining the technology with its flexible display technology, according to the reports.

“If the display is rolled out, the camera automatically rotates,” said the Lets Go Digital report. “In addition, the camera is placed under the flexible display.”

Smartphone vendors are showing growing interest in the rotating camera technology as they consider adopting flexible displays for smartphone screens, according to industry officials.

LG Electronics is also reportedly preparing to equip its next flagship model, possibly the LG V60 ThinQ, with a camera module in the rear that rotates and pops up in the front.

2H2019: Apple is buying 50 miilion OLED Display units to Samsung Display for its latest iPhones.

Samsung Display will likely supply up to 50 million units of OLED display panels for Apple in the second half this year, thanks to the positive market response for the latest iPhone lineup, according to news reports on Oct. 22.

 Money Today from South Korea reported on the number of panels Samsung display maker provided for the US tech giant in recent months. 

In the third quarter, ending September, the display firm supplied 22.2 million units of 5.85-inch and 6.46-inch panels for Apple’s iPhones --3.9 million in July, 8.4 million in August, and 9.9 million in September. The supply volume in September, in particular, is 40 percent higher than the initially planned 6.9 million units, the report said.

In October and November, the display maker is forecast to provide 9.8 million and 5 million units, respectively. Depending on the supply volume in December, the number of panels given to Apple this year will likely reach 40-50 million.

The two companies were once in a strained situation because of lukewarm iPhones sales earlier this year. The supply volume in the first half stood at 6 million, far below the previous estimates. After a series of intense negotiations, the US smartphone maker reportedly reimbursed the display manufacturer $683 million for missing a sales target that the two firms had agreed upon.

In the first quarter, Samsung Display posted an operating loss of 560 billion won ($478.4 million) while logging 750 billion won in operating profit in the second quarter, thanks partly to the reimbursement from the US partner.

Samsung Display is the main display supplier for Apple, shipping 90 percent of the OLED panels for the iPhones, including the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max,

LCD-based iPhones, like the iPhone 11, feature displays manufactured by Japanese Display, LG Display, and Sharp.

LG Display has recently become a new OLED screen vendor for Apple, offering 7-8 million panels for the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Samsung is working on Under Display Camera UDC tech, expects to launch it in late 2020 on new devices.

Samsung Electronics is expected to release a smartphone next year with Samsung Display's OLED panel with Under Display Camera (UDC) technology. The equipment that implements UDC is called 'HIAA2 (Hole In Active Area)'.

Samsung Display decided to receive the first HIAA2 equipment at the A4 plant in Asan Campus, Chungnam, this month. The company plans to bring in mass production facilities early next year. The A4 plant has two 6th generation (1500mm × 1850mm) OLED production lines. The production capacity is 30,000 sheets per month based on substrate input. 

HIAA1 equipment has already entered the first stage investment (phase 1) equipment in Asan 2 Campus A2 factory. I plan to bring in additional quantities. Samsung Display imported HIAA1 equipment in August this year and started mass production testing. 

According to domestic market research company UBI Research, the production capacity of 5.5 generation (1300mm × 1500mm) rigid-flexible OLED line installed in the A2 plant is 194,000 sheets per month. It is 144,000 rigid OLEDs and 50,000 flexible OLEDs.

HIAA1 equipment and HIAA2 equipment mass production test time difference is 2 months. Entered A2 and A4 plants respectively. Both HIAA1 and HIAA2 instruments are equipped with a Philoptics laser system in the Wonik IPS vacuum chamber. When Phil Optics, which received an order from Samsung Display, delivers the laser system to Wonik IPS, it is reported that Wonik IPS will be attached to the vacuum chamber and delivered to Samsung Display.

HIAA1 is a dedicated 'hole display' device that drills the front camera hole within the OLED screen frame. Samsung Display could make a hall display without the HIAA1 equipment but had to dig a hole for each process step. The production cost can be lowered.

UDC is known for making transparent displays only in-camera apertures. Compared to not going through the display, the key is to reduce the distortion of light entering the camera lens. Research and development are underway to reduce the number and size of pixels and increase substrate transparency and transparency. Polyimide (PI), a substrate of the existing flexible OLED, is not transparent but has a yellowish tinge.

HIAA2 is a device that drills a lot of small holes using a laser in the camera hole of the display. In the process, it is referred to as laser etching (etching). It increases the transmittance of light. 

Samsung Display is planning to bring in mass production facilities in early next year after wearing HIAA2 equipment this month. 

Usually, Samsung Electronics has been using the best and latest technology in the Galaxy S series, a premium smartphone, and then spreading it to other smartphones. Hall Display OLED was first applied to the Galaxy S10 released in the first half of this year and expanded to Galaxy Note 10 in the second half.

However, Samsung Electronics is launching the foldable phone Galaxy Fold, which is higher than the Galaxy S this year, and it is also observed that the first target of UDC technology will be the next foldable phone. The introduction of HIAA1, a dedicated device, will increase the output of hall display, while UDC display, which has a low level of difficulty, will be applied to foldable phones produced in small quantities.

The industry believes that the implementation of UDC requires not only to display technology but also camera algorithm technology. The software compensates for yellow and blurry images.

The color of the image on the camera changes to yellow unless a transparent substrate is used. In addition, as the light transmittance decreases through the display, the blurring of the camera image is difficult to avoid. The development of front camera technology is needed at the same time, and the production cost will go up. 

Yang Byung-deok, managing director of Display Development Group, Samsung Electronics, said earlier this year at the Galaxy S10 Display Technology Briefing that "the level of camera holes is not visible at all is not possible within a year or two." A senior official at Samsung Display said on the 16th, "The decision made by Samsung's wireless business division" was a question about the possibility of next year's UDC display-enabled smartphone.

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