Friday, July 31, 2020

Samsung said it sold 57 millions smartphones and not 54.2 millions in the April-June 2020 period. Samsung 20,26% market share, Huawei 19,84%, Apple 13,37%.

By Francisco De Jesus.

According to Yonhap News from Korea:  In a conference call Thursday, July 30, 2020, Samsung said it sold 57 million units of handsets in the April-June period, with smartphones accounting for around 95 percent of the total and not 54.2 million shipments, as IDC research firm reported, as you can read on our related before post here

 The conference call audio is available on this link:  Samsung

IDC research firm has made some notes over their preliminary chart, as follows:


• Data are preliminary and subject to change.

  • Company shipments are branded device shipments and exclude OEM sales for all vendors.

  • The "Company" represents the current parent company (or holding company) for all brands owned and operated as a subsidiary.

  • Figures represent new shipments only and exclude refurbished units.

  • In that case, the chart will show the smartphones market share for the period April-June 2020, in millions of units shipments,  like this:

  • The preliminary chart  is:

  • Source: Yonhap

Thursday, July 30, 2020

2Q 2020: WorldWide Smartphones market share: Huawei 20%, Samsung 19,5% Apple 13,5%, says IDC

Worldwide smartphone shipments decreased 16.0% year over year in the second quarter of 2020 (2Q20), according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDCWorldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. In total, companies shipped 278.4 million smartphones during 2Q20. Although this a larger decline than in the first quarter, it was expected as major economies around the globe were in lockdown for the majority of 2Q20 due to the pandemic.

"Smartphones shipments suffered a huge decline in Q2 as they directly correlate to consumer spending, which had a massive reduction due to the global economic crisis and rising unemployment brought on by the widespread lockdowns," said Nabila Popal, research director with IDC's Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers. "This, combined with the closure of retail stores, especially in regions where online shopping is less common, compounded the negative effect on smartphone sales. In addition, consumers spent significantly other technologies, such as PCs, monitors, and tablets, to facilitate mandatory work from home and distance learning, leaving an even smaller share in the shrinking consumer wallet for smartphones."

From a regional perspective, Asia/Pacific (excluding China and Japan), Western Europe, and the United States declined 31.9%, 14.8%, and 12.6% respectively. China fared slightly better with a decline of 10.3% and arguably shows some early signs of market recovery. "The smartphone supply chain ground to a halt when the pandemic hit. However, recovery, specifically in China, has been strong," said Ryan Reith, vice president, Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers. "The question now becomes what does demand look like with so much uncertainty around the world. We have already seen OEMs moving more aggressively with their 5G portfolios both in terms of production and price points. However, we still see consumer demand for 5G being low, so the supply-side push is likely to produce very high-priced competition."

Smartphone Company Highlights

Huawei for the first time reached the number 1 position with 55.8 million smartphones shipped in 2Q20 despite a small decline of 5.1% year over year. With the overall market declining even faster, Huawei also achieved its highest-ever share (20.0%) of the global smartphone market. This was driven by Huawei's tremendous growth in China – almost 10% year on year – which offset the large declines the company faced in every other region. Looking forward the impact of the U.S. technology ban will continue to create uncertainty for Huawei in foreign markets.

Samsung shipped 54.2 million smartphones in 2Q20, finishing a close second with 19.5% share. However, the Korean giant suffered a 28.9% year-on-year decline, the most significant among the Top 5 vendors. While the A series continues to perform well contributing to the majority of its volume, premium devices such the Galaxy S20 and the Galaxy Z Flip, unfortunately launched in the peak of the pandemic, are facing sales challenges despite price reductions.

Apple shipped 37.6 million iPhones in 2Q20, which placed the company in third with 13.5% share of the market. iPhone shipments managed to climb 11.2% year over year thanks to the continued success of its iPhone 11 series and the timely launch of the new SE (2020). The new SE found success as it managed to effectively target the lower-priced segment, which bodes extremely well for the vendor in this time of crisis where consumers are shifting towards more budget-friendly devices. Looking ahead, the launch of four new potential models will signal Apple's entry in the world of 5G and challenge Android 5G devices that have been out for more than a year.

Xiaomi shipped 28.5 million devices maintaining its number four position and achieving a 10.2% market share despite a decline of 11.8%. Although Xiaomi faced a large year-on-year drop in both China and India, the lockdown and anti-China sentiment in India had a larger impact on the vendor with a 50% year-on-year drop despite maintaining its number one position.

OPPO returned to the Top 5 this quarter with 24.0 million units and 8.6% market share despite a 18.8% year-on-year decline. Roughly 60% of OPPO's shipments were to its domestic market of China, which was a key factor in getting the vendor back into the top 5 globally. In China, the A series was again the volume driver while the new Reno 4 series performed much better than expected due to very competitive pricing. Meanwhile, in India, OPPO's second largest market, the vendor faced challenges in both supply and demand with factory shutdowns and consumers facing the anti-China sentiment.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G in Misty Brown and Grey. Pictures leaked.

This device appears to do away with the massive notch that was present in the first Galaxy Fold smartphone, replacing it with a punch-hole for the inside camera. There’s also a front-facing camera on this phone, also appearing with a punch hole through one of the device’s two displays. For now, you can see the phone in two colors, misty brown, and grey.

Before related post:

Upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ in pictures. Specifications.

Both tablets Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 (11-inch display) and S7 + (12.4-inch display) will arrive with the Snapdragon 865+ processor, 6GB RAM, 128 GB internal storage and micro SD slot. 8 MP front camera, 13MP+ 5MP dual rear camera, AKG tuned quad-speaker with stereo audio and Dolby Atmos, A-GPS, dual-band WiFi ax, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type C Port, Wireless dex, Air gestures, 4K video recording, and console-quality gaming via Project X Cloud. 120HZ refresh rate on screens.
The Galaxy Tab S7 will sport a capacitive fingertip reader and the Galaxy Tab S7 + an in-display fingertip reader. Some variants will have LTE and the S7+ variant with 5G. 

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The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G is the new Galaxy Fold 2. Picture leaked.

Finally, the mystery is unveiled. The Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 is now called Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G, instead.

As we said before, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G will sport a 7.7-inch primary display and a 6.23-inch cover display which is both bigger than that of its predecessor. It also implemented changes to a few materials such as using foldable glass as a cover window in order to improve the phone’s durability.


The store price of Samsung Electronics’ next foldable smartphone Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G in South Korea is temporarily set at $1,990 (2.398 million KRW) which is the same as that of its predecessor. However, unlike its predecessor, Samsung Electronics wireless earphone Galaxy Buds Plus will not be included as a basic component when a person purchases the Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G.

Samsung will hold an Unpacked 2020 event on August 5 from South Korea live,  to unveil the Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G, the  Galaxy Note 20, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, the Galaxy Buds, the Galaxy Watch 3, and the Galaxy Tab S7.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 coming with a 7.7 inch primary display and a 6.23 inch cover display using foldable glass. Price $1.990.

Galaxy Fold 2 render.

The Galaxy Fold 2 will sport a 7.7-inch primary display and a 6.23-inch cover display which is both bigger than that of its predecessor. It also implemented changes to a few materials such as using foldable glass as a cover window in order to improve the phone’s durability.


The store price of Samsung Electronics’ next foldable smartphone Galaxy Fold 2 in South Korea is temporarily set at $1,990 (2.398 million KRW) which is same as that of its predecessor. However, unlike its predecessor, Samsung Electronics’ wireless earphone Galaxy Buds Plus will not be included as a basic component when a person purchases Galaxy Fold 2.


Although a need for price reduction was brought up in order to popularize foldable smartphones, it was difficult for Samsung Electronics to reduce the price due to the application of expensive parts integrated with innovative technologies and advanced processes.

It is expected that Samsung Electronics will first supply a limited batch of the Galaxy Fold 2 to the South Korean market just like the Galaxy Fold. Its goal is to ship 3 million units annually. It is expected to leave the gap between the release dates of the Galaxy Fold 2 and its second-half strategic model Galaxy Note 20 series in order to concentrate interests from consumers.

Samsung will hold an Unpacked 2020 event on August 5 from South Korea live,  to unveil the Galaxy Fold 2, the  Galaxy Note 20, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, the Galaxy Buds, the Galaxy Watch 3, and the Galaxy Tab S7.

New Corning Gorilla Glass VICTUS survived 2 meters drop and it is twice more scratch resistant. Coming to next Samsung smartphones.

President Kim Jeom-sik (bottom right) of Corning Gorilla Glass Korea is explaining about how scratch resistant the Gorilla Glass Victus is during a media briefing of a product launching that was held on July 28.

Corning is preparing to supply its new “Gorilla Glass” product that has improved drop performance and is more scratch-resistant than other glasses that are on the market to Samsung Electronics and it will look to secure multinational companies as its customers as quickly as they can through excellent qualities that dominate that of its competitors.

“According to our internal investigation, smartphone users prefer glass for smartphones that does not get damaged even when smartphones are dropped and is more resistant to scratches,” said President Kim Jeom-sik of Corning Gorilla Glass Korea. “Our latest product has 25% better drop performance and two times more scratch-resistant than its predecessor.” He also added that the company’s Gorilla Glass Victus will be used on Samsung Electronics’ next smartphone.

Gorilla glass is a cover glass that protects the surface of mobile devices such as smartphones. 45 brands including Samsung Electronics use Gorilla Glass.

Gorilla Glass Victus survived 2-meter drops during a drop test while its competition aluminosilicate tempered glass did not survive even a 1-meter drop.

It was shown that Gorilla Glass Victus is two times more durable than its competitions during a test that measures the amount of pressure required to break a glass with its surface scratched. Compared to aluminosilicate tempered glass, it was up to four times more scratch-resistant.

“Scratches on a smartphone cannot be avoided,” said President Kim. “However, our Gorilla Glass Victus is an innovative product that survived 2-meter drops and is twice more scratch-resistant than its predecessor.

Corning Gorilla Glass Korea emphasized that “Gorilla Glass Victus” will help raise the economic feasibilities of mobile device manufacturers. It explained that Gorilla Glass Victus will help them secure desirable yields better and faster due to the product’s improved durability.

“Mobile device manufacturers will be able to secure competitive edge in their production costs as Gorilla Glass Victus will help them raise cover glass production yields.” said President Kim. “Gorilla Glass Victus is a product that is optimized for all kinds of smartphones from premium models to economic models and we are currently negotiating with various mobile device manufacturers about supplying Gorilla Glass Victus to them.”



Monday, July 27, 2020

These are the 5 Samsung Galaxy devices to be unveiled at UNPACKED 2020.Video ad.

Samsung is clearly teasing the Galaxy Tab S7, the Galaxy Fold 2, the Galaxy Note 20, the Galaxy Buds, and the Galaxy Watch 3. Confirming what the Samsung new President of mobile division told a few days ago to the press.

We don't see the Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G on the video. Don't you? 

LG launched 48 inch OLED TV

LG is targeting the market making mid size range premium Smart TVs and recently launched a brand new 48-inch  OLED Smart TV in South Korea this last Friday, July 24th.

The 48 inches OLED TV was released in European countries and in Japan last month.

In some markets, this model was sold out in the first week of its launch.

This model 48CX OLED TV offers a 4K sharper picture quality. with its pixel density comparable with that of 96-inch 8K TVs. It also supports NVIDIA's G-Sync Compatible that delivers a better gaming experience to users. It is priced at $1.570 (1.89 million KW). The TV is powered with the LG WebOS software.

The LG 48 CXPUB OLED with Alexa built-in, is already available in the US for $1.499.99 on amazon and has a CREDIT PLAN  $125 for 12 months that you can apply here

LG's OLED TV lineup also includes 55, 65- 77- and 88-inch models. The company is the largest OLED TV producer in the world.

LG introduces world´s first 4K IPS 1MS GTG monitor for gaming.

LG Electronics (LG) is bringing new meaning to immersive gaming with its new UltraGear™ (model 27GN950), the world’s first 4K IPS 1-millisecond Gray-to-Gray (GTG)1 gaming monitor.

A 2020 CES Innovation Award and Red Dot Design Award winner, the 27-inch model more than lives up to UltraGear’s name and reputation for gaming excellence and is a worthy successor to the brand’s first 1ms GTG IPS gaming monitor (model 27GL850) introduced last year. Featuring advanced IPS displays, LG UltraGear monitors achieve stunning speed without compromising picture quality, contributing to the brand being named the top gaming-designed monitor in the United States.2


The new UltraGear monitor builds on the fast, accurate colors of its predecessor to deliver 4K resolution for maximum gaming impact. A combination of speed, high resolution and 98 percent coverage of the DCI-P3 color space 3 gives gamers a total sense of immersion. And thanks to VESA® Display Stream Compression (DSC) technology, the 27GN950 can deliver virtually lossless 4K UHD images in 10-bit color with a 144Hz refresh rate via just a single DisplayPort cable.4 

LG’s one-of-a-kind monitor supports hardware calibration enabling the company’s proprietary Nano IPS display to offer the most precise color reproduction possible. And with VESA DisplayHDR™ 600 certification,the UltraGear 27GN950 guarantees a certain level of quality in the form of outstanding color accuracy, dynamic contrast, high luminance and a wide color gamut. NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible and support for HDR ensures enhanced image quality with reduced screen tearing and minimized stutter that works seamlessly with VESA DSC for an incredibly realistic and exhilarating gaming experience. 

“We are excited to bring NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible support to LG’s most advanced UltraGear model yet,” said Kaustubh Sanghani, vice president and general manager, GeForce OEM at NVIDIA. “Gamers will be blown away by the responsiveness and the lifelike visuals when playing the latest PC games that feature real-time ray-tracing powered by GeForce technology.”

LG’s new UltraGear is the ideal all-in-one solution for those who livestream their gaming sessions thanks to its expansive 4K-resolution screen. The generously proportioned display can also be a big advantage for creative professionals when editing high-resolution files or accessing multiple applications simultaneously. What’s more, support for 10-bit color depth and hardware calibration gives the monitor the level of color accuracy needed for professional-level video production work.

“Our latest gaming monitor delivers the unrivalled performance consumers have come to expect from LG UltraGear,” said Jang Ik-hwan, senior vice president and head of the IT business unit of LG Electronics Business Solutions Company. “UltraGear monitors will continue to push the boundaries of monitor technology, leveraging our advanced IPS 1ms GTG display technology to take gaming to even greater heights.”

The 27GN950 will be the first LG UltraGear monitor to sport the new “wings” emblem designed specifically with victory in gaming in mind. Fans can expect to see the new LG UltraGear starting today in key markets of Europe, North America, Asia and other regions. Check local retailers for price and exact date of availability.

Key Specifications:

o    Display Type: Nano IPS

o    Screen Size: 27-inch

o    Resolution: 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160)

o    Brightness: 400 nits (Typical)

o    Color Gamut: DCI-P3 98 percent

o    Color Bit: 1.07B

o    Refresh Rate: 144Hz

o    Response Time: 1ms GTG

o    HDR: VESA DisplayHDR™ 600

o    Adaptive Sync: NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible

o    Stand: Height Adjustable / Pivot / Tilt

o    Connectivity: HDMI x 2 / DP x 1 / USB 3.0 / H/P out (Maxx Audio)

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Tested by LG internal lab March 2020 based on iBoson’s GRT-100 at room temperature of 25°C. Average value of GTG measured the rising/falling response time every 16 steps, available in Faster Mode setup.

Based on dollar, May 2019 to April 2020, NPD Group Inc., U.S. Retail Tracking Service, Monitors, Gaming Designed.

Tested by LG internal lab March 2020 based on CIE1976.

4  NVIDIA GeForce RTX 16/20 series, AMD Radeon RX 5500 or higher graphics card required for UHD 4K 10 bit at 144Hz with DSC.

Certified by VESA May 2020 based on VESA DisplayHDR CTS version 1.1.


USA: LG Velvet 5G smartphone is now availiable.

LG's new smartphone Velvet 5G is now available in the US with AT&T first and for late summer, with Verizon and T-mobile. The device will be retailed for $599.

The LG Velvet 5G sports the following specifications:

  • 5GUp to 2Gbps with support for n78, n1, n3, n28, 4G:4G LTE Cat 16/5 (1000 / 75Mbps) with support for bands B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B7, B8, B12, B17, B20, B28, B32, B38, B39, B40, B41
  • 6.8 '' drop-shaped Cinematic FullVision OLED display FullHD + resolution (2460x1080) Compatible with AES active pens
  • 64-bit Octa-Core CPU up to 2.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G Adreno 620 GPU, 4300 Mah battery
  • Android 10, 6GB Ram, 128GB storage
  • Triple rear camera - 48 Megapixel (79 °) with F1.8, 26mm aperture, Quad Binning Technology - 8 Megapixel with ultra-wide-angle lens (120 ° low distortion) with F2.2 aperture, 15mm - 5 Megapixel depth sensor ( 81 °) with opening F2.4

Lightest folding bike, invented.

Finally Derek Cranage 78 years old British designer has found the way to make a light folding bike which weights just 6 kilos (13,2 pounds, Libras)

His latest creation with 16-inch wheels, incorporates a frame that was designed and built entirely from scratch, with the whole bike folding down into a package measuring 590 x 600 x 260 mm (23.2 x 23.6 x 10.2 in). The three-stage folding process reportedly takes just a few seconds, requiring the flicking of three quick-release levers – no wing nuts or other fasteners are involved.

The mainframe and the coil-spring-suspended rear triangle are made of a mix of carbon fiber, titanium, and 7020 aircraft aluminum tubing, the latter being precisely milled so that it's thicker and stronger at the joints (with a wall thickness of 2.5 mm) and thinner and lighter in the middle of each tube (1.5-mm wall thickness).

The saddle, seat post, forks, and handlebars are all made of carbon fiber. Titanium is used in the bottom bracket, chain, spokes, pedals, suspension spring, and "every nut, bolt, and washer."

The before lightest folding bikes include the 6.7-kg (14.8-lb) Hummingbird and the 8.5-kg (18.75-lb) Ultra X.


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