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Huawei Overtook Apple as The Second Largest Smartphone Seller

This is now the sixth consecutive quarter of shipments falling in the global smartphone market

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Logo of Huawei is seen on the advert in front of the local offices of Huawei in Warsaw, Poland, Jan. 11, 2019. VOA

With a 17 per cent share in the global smartphone market, Chinese technology giant Huawei overtook Apple as the second largest smartphone seller in the first quarter of 2019 after Samsung, according to a new report from Counterpoint Research.

While Samsung retained the top position with 21 per cent market share (from 22 in Q1 2018), Apple’s share declined to 12 per cent in Q1 2019 from 14 per cent in the same quarter last year, the research showed.

While Huawei’s shipment volumes increased nearly 50 per cent year-on-year, Apple’s shipment volumes declined 20 per cent in the same period. Samsung also saw a slump of eight per cent.

“Huawei became the second largest smartphone brand by shipment without a significant presence in an important market like the United States,” Shobhit Srivastava, Research Analyst at Counterpoint Research, said in a statement.

“At this pace, we expect Huawei to remain ahead of Apple at the end of 2019,” Srivastava said, adding that a dual-brand (Honor) strategy has helped the company build a youth connect and gain market share in a sluggish Chinese market.

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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA

Overall, global smartphone shipments declined five per cent year-on-year in Q1 2019, said the report.

This is now the sixth consecutive quarter of shipments falling in the global smartphone market.

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“The global smartphone market showed no sign of recovery in Q1 2019. The rate of decline increased, particularly in February, due to inventory correction by some brands and the production halt during Chinese New Year. Another reason for the decline is lengthening replacement cycles, especially in the premium segment,” said Tarun Pathak, Associate Director at Counterpoint Research.

“The replacement rate for iPhones is reaching close to 36 months, while the replacement rate for premium Android devices is closing in at 30 months. This can be attributed to the higher quality of devices, increasing average selling price (ASP), and the lack of innovative technology,” Pathak added. (IANS)

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2020 5G iPhone Won’t Get a Major Price Increase

While, two low-end models (6.1-inch, 5.4-inch) will not have mmWave or World facing 3D sensing, and will have a dual-lens camera

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Entry of Apple into the 5G race in the third quarter of 2020 will catapult the iPhone maker to top position, ahead of Samsung and Huawei, a new report has predicted. Pixabay

Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has claimed that Apple may launch four 5G-enabled iPhones next year and while 5G-related components could raise the production costs of the devices, he believes that the iPhone maker will not significantly increase the price of 5G iPhones.

5G components are projected to raise the production cost of the new iPhones by anywhere from $30 to $100.

Kuo states that Apple intends to offset this additional cost by reducing its supply chain expenses, including dropping its upfront non-recurring engineering payment to suppliers of the redesigned metal chassis and frame for 5G iPhone, news portal iMore reported recently.

Kuo believes that Apple intends to bring this, along with other areas of external research and development, in house.

As per recent report, Apple is also reportedly planning to include a custom battery protection module with the iPhone 12, which is said to be almost 50 per cent smaller and thinner than the one being used in current and old iPhones.

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The impact of the launch of 5G Smartphones and services will fully reflect in 2020. Pixabay

The reduction in size could result in more free space for a slight increase in battery capacity,

J.P. Morgan analyst Samik Chatterjee believes that Apple will release a 5.4-inch iPhone, two 6.1-inch iPhones and one 6.7-inch iPhone with 5G connectivity in 2020.

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Chatterjee predicts the company may introduce two high-end models (one 6.1-inch and one 6.7-inch) with support for mmWave, as well as a triple-lens camera and “world facing” 3D sensing for improved Augmented Reality capabilities.

While, two low-end models (6.1-inch, 5.4-inch) will not have mmWave or World facing 3D sensing, and will have a dual-lens camera. (IANS)