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Samsung, Apple Top 2 Semiconductor Chip Buyers in 2018

Xiaomi rose eight places to grab the 10th position, increasing its semiconductor spending by $2.7 billion in 2018, a 63 per cent growth year-over-year (YoY)

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Apple and Samsung Electronics were the top two semiconductor chip buyers in 2018, representing 17.9 per cent of the global market, a Gartner report said on Monday.

This is a 1.6 per cent decrease compared with the previous year.

The top 10 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) increased their share of chip spending to 40.2 per cent in 2018, up from 39.4 per cent in 2017.

“Four Chinese OEMs — Huawei, Lenovo, BBK Electronics and Xiaomi — ranked in the top 10 in 2018, up from three in 2017. On the other hand, Samsung Electronics and Apple both significantly slowed the growth of their chip spending in 2018,” said Masatsune Yamaji, Senior Principal Analyst at Gartner.

The big Chinese smartphone OEMs in particular have increased their market domination by taking out or purchasing competitors.

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As a result, semiconductor spending by the top 10 OEMs increased significantly and their share reached 40.2 per cent of the total semiconductor market in 2018, up from 39.4 per cent in 2017.

“Huawei increased its chip spending by 45 per cent, thus jumping in front of Dell and Lenovo to the third spot,” added Yamaji.

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Xiaomi rose eight places to grab the 10th position, increasing its semiconductor spending by $2.7 billion in 2018, a 63 per cent growth year-over-year (YoY).

“With the top 10 semiconductor chip buyers commanding an increasing share of the market, technology product marketers at chip vendors must allocate a majority of their resources to their top 10 potential customers,” noted Yamaji. (IANS)

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Samsung to Launch its First 5G Smartphone in Market in April

South Korea's three mobile carriers have been preparing to roll out their commercial 5G service for Samsung's smartphone built for the high-speed network

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Arvin Baalu, vice president of product management at Harman International, talks about the Samsung Digital Cockpit during a Samsung news conference at the 2019 CES in Las Vegas, Jan. 7, 2019. VOA

Samsung on Thursday said it will release its first 5G smartphone in the first week of April in South Korea, making it the world’s first mobile device with the next-generation network capability.

The South Korean tech giant said Galaxy S10’s 5G model will go on sale on April 5, without a pre-order programme, Yonhap news agency reported.

Though Samsung did not disclose the price, it is expected to cost around 1.5 million won ($1,332) in the domestic market, according to industry sources.

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Samsung’s retail presence in the US was marked only by pop-up stores and dedicated spaces in franchisees like Best Buy. Pixabay

On Monday, the state-run National Radio Research Agency said Galaxy S10’s 5G model has passed signal verification test, giving the green light for its launch in the South Korean market.

South Korea’s three mobile carriers have been preparing to roll out their commercial 5G service for Samsung’s smartphone built for the high-speed network.

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Samsung’s schedule is about a week earlier than the US carrier Verizon’s plan to launch its first 5G smartphone service on Motorola’s MotoZ3, essentially a 4G phone with a special attachment that gives it 5G capability, in Chicago and Minneapolis on April 11. (IANS)