Thursday, October 29, 2020

3Q2020: WorldWide TABLET market share: Apple 29.2%, Samsung 19.8%, Amazon 11.4%, Huawei 10.2%, says IDC.


The worldwide tablet market delivered solid results in the third quarter of 2020 (3Q20) with 24.9% year-over-year growth and shipments totaling 47.6 million units, according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDCWorldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker. The demand for affordable access to basic computing and larger screens to facilitate remote work, learning, and leisure due to COVID-19 restrictions drove the market. Consumer spending on technology has also been on the rise while other categories, such as dining, entertainment, and travel, have declined during the pandemic.

Tablet Company Highlights

Apple shipped 13.9 million units in 3Q20 to lead the tablet market once again. The vendor recorded year-over-year growth of 17.4%. As expected, the vendor performed well in the education segment and there was growth in the consumer segment after two-quarters of decline. While the iPad (2019) was able to maintain the largest share of shipments, the latest iPad (2020) managed to record a notable volume of shipments despite its late launch during the quarter.

Samsung regained the second position with shipments of 9.4 million units and year-over-year growth of 89.2%. As demand for more mobile, portable computing solutions has increased, Samsung has focused on its Android detachable portfolio, which recorded solid growth in the quarter. Samsung also launched the Galaxy Tab S7+ in 3Q20 – the first 5G tablet to be available worldwide – making it one of the first tablet vendors to adopt 5G. slipped to the third position in 3Q20 with shipments totaling 5.4 million units. This was a decline of 1.2% year over year due to the 3Q19 comparison where Prime Day sales drove record shipments. The recently released 8-inch tablets captured the biggest share of shipments in 3Q20 while the 10.1-inch tablets were a close second. Amazon's Kids Edition tablets have also maintained strong momentum across both the 8-inch and 10-inch tablets.

Huawei shipped 4.9 million units in 3Q20 for year-over-year growth of 32.9%, enabling the company to gain share in the market. Despite the sanctions from the US government, Huawei managed to grow across multiple geographies, including outside China. However, securing the right components for its tablet lineup will continue to be an issue along with the lack of Google's Mobile Services. As a result, the outlook for the company's tablet business remains uncertain.

Lenovo finished the quarter in the fifth position recording year-over-year growth of 62.4% and shipping 4.1 million units. Lenovo's slate tablets did exceptionally well, mainly driven by budget friendly tablets with larger screen sizes that help users to collaborate virtually and to view and interact with digital content, which is of paramount importance in the current situation.


3Q2020: WorldWide smartphone market share: Samsung 22.7% , Huawei 14.7%, Xiaomi 13.1%, Apple 11.8%, says IDC.


The worldwide smartphone market showed signs of improvement in the third quarter of 2020 (3Q20) with shipments declining just 1.3% year over year, according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDCWorldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. In total, 353.6 million smartphones were shipped during 3Q20 and while the market declined, the results were stronger than IDC's previous forecast of a 9% year-over-year decline. This is largely attributed to the re-opening of economies around the globe as COVID-19 restrictions were gradually relaxed.

An important trend on the road to market recovery is a faster than expected rebound in some key emerging markets. India, which is the second-largest market globally, witnessed very strong volumes during the quarter despite further concerns around the COVID pandemic. Other emerging markets, such as Brazil, Indonesia, and Russia, which rank fourth, fifth, and sixth in the world, also experienced strong growth.

"Although there was an element of pent-up demand that fueled market growth, it was mainly the array of heavy promotions and discounts that accelerated growth in these markets," said Nabila Popal, research director with IDC's Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers. "In India, distance learning has actually boosted the demand for low-end smartphones as they are a more affordable option compared to tablets. The increased low-end demand only further increases competition and adds pressure to the vendors' bottom line."

Larger, more developed markets like China, Western Europe, and North America all witnessed the largest declines in 3Q20. Given these are the largest markets for Apple, the month delay in the iPhone 12 launch contributed to the decline. However, across many of these markets, 5G promotions are starting to heat up and a full array of products is quickly becoming available to consumers at all price points.

"While some of the topline numbers may not seem pretty, we are seeing a lot of improvement in the smartphone market both in terms of supply chains and consumer demand," said Ryan Reith, program vice president with IDC's Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers. "In the large developed markets, it is very clear that 5G will be positioned to most consumers as their next phone regardless of which brand or price point they are focused on. Marketing has ramped up significantly. Products are widely available. Promotions are happening. And it's clear that the top sales initiative in these markets is to push 5G. Having said this, we still believe consumer demand for 5G is minimal at best, which only adds to the price pressure on channels and OEMs."

Smartphone Company Highlights

Samsung reclaimed the top position in 3Q20 with a market share of 22.7% after shipping 80.4 million smartphones, up 2.9% year over year. In India, the largest market for Samsung and accounting for 15% of total volume, the brand significantly improved its position with close to 40% growth year over year thanks to its strong performance in the under $250 price segment and the online channel where its M series models did quite well. In the U.S., Samsung's second-largest market, momentum was strong for the A series with good performances from Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra as well, which contributed to almost 20% of total volume in 3Q20.

Huawei lost the top spot and settled into the second position in 3Q20 with 51.9 million smartphones shipped and 14.7% share. The vendor suffered a large drop – down 22% year over year – with continued declines in international markets and a drop of more than 15% in China. The company continues to face challenges due to the ever-increasing impact of the U.S. sanctions, which are taking a toll on its performance even in China as the brand is trying to pace out its shipments over a longer period.

Xiaomi shipped 46.5 million devices to grab the number 3 position globally, beating Apple for the first time with 13.1% share and 42.0% growth. This is due to strong gains in India and a continued strong presence in China, which accounted for 53% of the company's volume in 3Q20. In India, Xiaomi's production capacity recovered to nearly 85% of its pre-pandemic level, which helped it cater to strong demand. Xiaomi's low-end portfolio, particularly the Redmi 9 Series, did well in both India and China. Xiaomi also launched the mid-range Redmi K30 Ultra and high-end MI 10 Ultra in China, which further captured consumers' attention.

Apple shipped 41.6 million iPhones in 3Q20, down 10.6% year over year, which placed the company in fourth for the first time with 11.8% share. This drop was expected and is mainly due to the delay in the launch of the new iPhone 12 series, which is usually in the third quarter. Regardless, the iPhone 11 series did exceptionally well, contributing the majority of Apple's volume, followed by the SE device. Looking ahead, we expect Apple to grow in coming quarters with strong early demand for iPhone 12 paired with robust trade-in offers across major carriers, especially in the U.S.

vivo returned to the Top 5 this quarter with 31.5 million units shipped for 4.2% year-over-year growth and 8.9% market share. Although the company is trying to grow its presence in other markets, India delivered massive growth of nearly 30% year over year in its low-end models under $200. In China, the brand enhanced the market positions of its S, iQOO, and X series phones that helped continue its strong presence there.


Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra will come with a major camera upgrade.


The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is said to arrive in January 2021 with two separate telephoto lenses, pairing a standard 3x lens with a periscope-style module capable of achieving magnification levels of 5x and above.

We will update you up, as more information is coming about the new Samsung Galaxy S21 smartphones models.


Monday, October 26, 2020

Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+ and S21 Ultra will sport One UI 3.1


Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra probably in January 2021, and all of them will come with the One UI 3.1 new version, with Android 11.

The Galaxy S21 Ultra is said to arrive with a 108MP rear camera and a 40MP front camera and a 5000 mAh battery., 6.8 inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X.

It is no clear if the presentation of the new Galaxy models will happen between January 11-January 14  (CES 2021) or a little later in January.

MWC 2021 is a discarded event and date because it will start on June 28, 2021.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

LG to introduce new home appliances on October 22. Video.


LG will present a new collection of home appliances on October 22, 2020, and on the company website is teasing a 16 seconds youtube video about it that you can watch right above this post.

According to the video, these home appliances may be laundry machines, dishwashers, dryers, steam closet, which are expected to arrive in new colors and designs.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Samsung unveiled New SD cards for cinematographers, professional photographers, Youtubers and Photo Enthusiasts. The PRO Plus and EVO PLus.


1 The foregoing read & write speeds are based on internal tests conducted under controlled conditions. Actual speeds may vary depending upon card capacity.


2 4K UHD video recording available in all models except the 32GB and 64GB EVO Plus. Host device compatibility may vary.


3 Includes protection from: 1) Water: saltwater and depths of up to 1m for up to 72hrs; 2) Temperatures: operating temperatures ranging from -25℃ to 85℃, and non-operating temperatures ranging from -40℃ to 85℃; 3) X-rays: up to 100mGy (equivalent to most airport X-ray machines); 4) Magnets: up to 15,000 gauss; 5) Shocks: up to 1,500Gs (a G is a unit of gravitational acceleration); 6) Drops: capable of withstanding drops of up to 5 meters (16.4 feet); 7) Wea: capable of withstanding up to 10,000 swipes.


Samsung is not liable for any i) damages and/or loss of data, or ii) expenses incurred from memory card data recovery.


1GB = 1 billion bytes. Actual usable capacity may vary.


The foregoing read & write speeds have been verified by internal tests conducted under controlled conditions. Actual speeds may vary depending on usage and other conditions. For products incompatible with the UHS-I interface, speeds may vary depending on interface conditions.


Samsung Electronics America, the world leader in advanced memory technology, today unveiled the PRO Plus and EVO Plus, its two new lines of SD cards featuring exceptional speeds and improved durability. With the PRO Plus and EVO Plus, content creators and general consumers can seamlessly work across a wide range of devices including DSLR, mirrorless, and compact cameras as well as camcorders and PCs.

“For years, consumers around the world have trusted Samsung to deliver high-performance memory cards in a variety of capacities that meet their unique needs,” said Dr. Mike Mang, vice president of the Memory Brand Product Biz Team at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung has gone beyond that with the PRO Plus and EVO Plus SD cards, providing additional layers of protective measures to withstand intensive usage and the most rugged conditions.”

The PRO Plus offers sequential read and write speeds of up to 100MB/s and 90MB/s, respectively. For professional photographers, cinematographers, and YouTubers, the PRO Plus SD card’s outstanding sequential write performance enables flawless 4K video recording and burst shots. The EVO Plus also supports transfer speeds of up to 100MB/s, ensuring smooth playback when editing videos.

AvailableAvailable in four storage capacities from 32GB to 256GB, consumers can easily add extra storage to enjoy more rich content on their devices.1 Both lineups support 4K UHD2 and Full HD video recording, allowing users to capture, edit, and share high-resolution photos and 4K content with greater ease. All components and firmware inside the PRO Plus and EVO Plus are designed and produced in-house to ensure quality that consumers can trust.

Samsung made the PRO Plus and EVO Plus knowing that personal and professional photos and videos are valuable and often travel with us from one adventure to the next. Designed with maximum durability in mind, the PRO Plus and EVO Plus help capture more moments in extreme conditions with their comprehensive seven-proof protection.3 In addition to protection from water, temperature, x-rays, magnets, and shocks, the new SD cards are now drop-proof and waterproof, withstanding up to five-meter drop as well as up to 10,000 swipes. Both lineups come with a 10-year limited warranty.4Preorders for the PRO Plus and EVO Plus cards begin today and the cards will be available on October 19th.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Apple announced the 5G iPhone 12 in 4 models. Pre-order and availability. Event video reprise.

Apple announced today 4 models of the 5G iPhone12:

The iPhone 12 and iPhone Pro for pre-order on October 16th  and available on October 23rd, and iPhone Pro Max and iPhone mini for pre-order on November 6th and available on November 13th.

Apple event October 13. Full event video:

Apple event in 17 minutes and in 51 seconds videos:


Saturday, October 10, 2020

SCIENCE: Energy sources of Cancer were indentified by Korean Team Research.


A team of Korean researchers has confirmed that the energy source of cancer cells is fatty acid

A team led by professor Kim Soo-yeol of the Department of Cancer Biology Research confirmed for the first time in the world, that the energy source of cancer cells is fatty acid.

The results of the study were published in the latest issue of Cancers, an international, peer-reviewed Open Access journal and was announced by The National Cancer Center on Sept. 14.

The result overruns a study by German physiologist Otto Warburg who nabbed the Nobel Prize in physiology and medicine in 1931.

Until now, cancer cells have been known to metabolize through a process of decomposing glucose into lactic acid. Based on this research, Otto Warburg took home the Nobel Prize in physiology and medicine in 1931.

Professor Kim's team produced different results from Warburg’s findings through cell and animal tests. When Warburg conducted tests, they used a culture fluid containing only glucose, which led to erroneous results. Kim's team conducted cell tests under conditions similar to those of the human body to confirm that cancer cells use more oxygen and grow faster than normal cells. In this process, the team found out that while the energy source of normal cells is glucose, cancer cells entirely rely on fatty acid oxidation.

In an actual test of mice with pancreatic cancer, cancer incidence dropped fourfold when fatty acids were replaced with carbohydrates.

"The four-fold decrease in cancer incidence just by replacing fatty acids with carbohydrates as the energy source is an effect comparable to cancer treatment," Kim said. "Our research results suggest that new treatments can be introduced based on blocking cancer energy metabolism."

Is a cancer cure around the corner? 

We hope the Korean team will find the way to finally have a real cure for all kind of cancer, in the near future.



World ´s First DDR5 DRAM launched by SKhynix.


SK hynix Inc. (from South Korea) announced to launch the world’s first DDR5 DRAM. It is a high-speed and high-density product optimized for Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML) as a next-generation standard of DRAM.


Since SK hynix announced the development of World’s First 16 Gigabit (Gb) DDR5 DRAM on November 2018, the Company has provided its major partners including Intel with sample products, and has completed various tests and verification of its functions and compatibility. This will allow SK hynix to provide its customers with the products once the DDR5 market becomes active.

In the meantime, SK hynix has conducted a joint-operation of the on-site lab, system-level test, and simulation with System-on-Chip1) (SoC) manufacturers to verify the functions of DDR5. Also, the Company validated the compatibility of its DDR5 and the major components on the DRAM module including register clock driver2) (RCD), which affect DRAM performance, and power management integrated circuit3) (PMIC). Through these verifications, SK hynix has been collaborating closely with its global partners.


SK hynix’s DDR5 supports a transfer rate of 4,800 ~ 5,600 Megabit-per-second (Mbps), which is 1.8 times faster than the previous generation – DDR4. It can transmit 9 full-HD (FHD) movies (5GB each) per second with a 5,600Mbps transfer rate. Its operating voltage is 1.1V being lowered from 1.2V of DDR4, which means that its power consumption is reduced by 20%.

Another notable specification of the Company’s DDR5 is Error Correcting Code (ECC) inside the chip that can correct even 1-bit-level errors by itself. With the ECC, the reliability of applications will be increased by 20 times. The Company’s DDR5 also could build up to 256 Gigabyte (GB) capacity applying through-silicon-via (TSV) technology.

The Company expects that these eco-friendly semiconductor memories will reduce both the power consumption and operating costs of data centers as DDR5 consumes less power and significantly improves its reliability.

“Intel partnered closely with memory leaders including SK hynix on the DDR5 spec development starting with early architecture concepts through JEDEC standardization,” commented Carolyn Duran, Vice President of Intel’s Data Platforms Group and GM of Memory and IO Technologies. “In addition, we worked collaboratively with SK hynix on silicon development by designing and testing prototypes to ensure DDR5 meets its performance goals and are fully ready for our mutual customers.”

“As SK hynix has launched World’s First DDR5 DRAM, The company could lead the future technology trend in the global DRAM market,” said Jonghoon Oh, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at SK hynix. “SK hynix will focus on the fast-growing premium server market, solidifying its position as a leading company in server DRAM.”

Meanwhile, DDR5 standard was published by JEDEC (JEDEC Solid State Technology Association) earlier on July 2020. According to market intelligence provider Omdia, the DDR5 demand will begin its surge in 2021, and it will possess 10% of the total global DRAM market in 2022 and increase to 43% in 2024.

Synopsys, Renesas, Montage Technology, and Rambus have also stated their commitment to the continuing cooperation in creating the DDR5 ecosystem.

“Synopsys has collaborated with SK hynix to deliver highly reliable DDR5 solutions for advanced high-performance computing SoCs requiring ultra-fast and high-capacity memory subsystems,” said John Koeter, senior vice president of marketing and strategy for IP at Synopsys. “Our silicon-proven DesignWare DDR5/4 IP has been validated using numerous SK hynix DDR5 RDIMMs at up to 6400 Mbps, helping designers minimize risk and meet their high-performance requirements of data-intensive SoCs.”

“As the leading supplier of memory interface products for every generation of memory over the last twenty years, we pride ourselves on strong engagements with our key partners and customers. Renesas has worked closely with SK hynix to qualify a complete portfolio of DDR5 products for server, client, and embedded markets.” Rami Sethi – Vice President and General Manager of Renesas’ Data Center Business Division

“Montage Technology is thrilled to partner with SK hynix on enabling the DDR5 memory ecosystem. As a leading vendor, we have been collaborating with SK hynix through many DDR generations, and are committed to providing high-performance, low-power memory interface solutions. Currently, Montage Technology offers a comprehensive portfolio of DDR5 logic devices – we are excited to further help SK hynix accelerate DDR5 market adoption,” Geof Findley, VP of Sales and Business Development at Montage Technology

“Compute-intensive workloads in the data center are accelerating the need for greater memory capacity and bandwidth,” said Chien-Hsin Lee, vice president, and general manager, Integrated Circuits at Rambus. “DDR5 DRAM answers the call with higher data rates and new innovations that dramatically boost memory performance. Employing a new generation of memory interface chips, DDR5 RDIMMs and LRDIMMs will unleash the processing power of server platforms. We are pleased to partner with SK hynix to enable next-generation technology for the ecosystem and fulfill the growing demand for DDR5.”


■ SoC (System on Chip)
A single-chip solution integrating peripherals that interlock to the system bus and the central processing unit (CPU).

■ RCD(Register Clock Driver)
An active element that is used in RDIMM and LRDIMM for servers, which ensures the signal quality between the transmitter and the receiver by amplifying commands and data signals applied to memory from memory controllers.

■ PMIC (Power Management Integrated Circuit)
An integrated circuit that receives the main power input and rectifies, divides and controls it into a stable and efficient voltage or current required by the electronics; PMIC is adopted in the DDR5 DRAM module for the first time.


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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Watch Live Apple October 13th event.

 Watch the October 13th Apple event live stream at 10 a.m PDT, 1p.m ET, 12p.m for part of South America on:

Related post: Apple event for October 13th, confirmed. 3 or 4 new iPhone models?

Apple event for October 13th, confirmed. 3 or 4 new iPhone models?


It is Official, Apple has confirmed the date of its iPhone 12 family presentation event for October 13th, 2020 at 10 a.m PDT. (12 p.m for part of South America)(1 p.m ET)

Is said all the iPhones 12 will arrive with 5G capabilities, as the invitation says High, Speed

Probabilities of how Apple will have the availability of 
all its new iPhone 12 models were speculated, this way: 

iPhone event: October 13

Pre-orders for iPhone 12 mini and 12: October 16

Release: October 23

iPhone 12 pro and 12 pro max pre-orders: November 13

Release: November 20

So, will we see the iPhone mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and the iPhone 12 Max,  on October 13th presentation?

This includes the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini, a 6.1-inch iPhone 12, a 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro, and a 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max.

However, if you observe the 3 circles on the above invitation, it might be a message about just 3 new iPhones and not 4 as speculated before, and if you do not count as fourth the Apple logo. Will see.

But on the Apple site, the event invitation has 4 circles around the logo????

The company will stream the event on and on

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Microsoft introduces the newest Surface Pro X Ultra-Thin and Always connected. Video


Microsoft introduced the newest Surface Pro X. Built for the ways you work and connect, you'll be ready for anything with the thinnest Surface Pro. With blazing-fast LTE connectivity and built-in HD webcams backed by Studio Mics and Dolby® Audio™, Surface Pro X also features a stunning, virtually edge-to-edge 13” touchscreen and a new choice of colors. Make it a full laptop and portable studio with Surface Pro X Signature Keyboard and Surface Slim Pen (bundle sold separately). The pen stores securely and recharges in the Keyboard, so it’s always close at hand.

Specifications on this link: Surface Pro X

Thursday, October 1, 2020

LENOVO ThinkPad X1 Fold laptop pre-orders start. World's First.


Lenovo has started to accept orders for its ThinkPad X1 Fold light laptop with a 13.3 inches 2048x1536 OLED Display. Is not clear if the supplier of the OLED Displays to Lenovo is LG  Display or BOE at this time.

The price of the device is $2.499.- and some of the specifications are:

  • CPU: Intel Lakefield Core i5 processor with Intel Hybrid Technology.
  • GPU: Integrated Intel UHD 11th Gen Graphics.
  • Memory: 8GB LPDDR4X RAM.
  • Storage: Up to 1TB, PCIe-NVMe M.2 SSD.
  • Camera: 5MP HD RGB with IR.
  • Battery: 50WHr.
  • Ports: 2x USB-C (1x Gen 1, 1x Gen 2), 1x SIM Card slot.
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6, sub 6 5G, Bluetooth 5.1.
  • Dimensions (unfolded): 11.8 x 9.3 x 0.5 inches
    Dimensions (folded): 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
    Weight: 2.2 pounds

Pre-order on Lenovo site LENOVO


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