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Samsung tops shrinking global smartphone market in Q1 2018

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As global smartphone market declined for the second successive quarter in the first quarter of 2018, Samsung remained the leader, shipping 78 million devices and capturing 21.7 per cent market share, Counterpoint Research said on Wednesday.

Samsung shipments grew 5 per cent with the launch of its latest flagship, the Galaxy S9 and S9+.

Apple which surprised the analysts with a strong fiscal 2018 second quarter results, shipped 52.2 million devices, reporting 14.5 per cent market share at second spot.

According to Counterpoint’s Market Monitor service, global smartphone shipments declined 3 per cent annually in the first quarter of 2018.

Top 10 players now capture 76 per cent of the market, thereby leaving over 600 brands competing for the remaining 24 per cent of the market.

“The waning smartphone demand is due to a slow-down in developed markets where replacement cycles are lengthening with overall smartphone features and design reaching its peak,” Tarun Pathak, Associate Director at Counterpoint Research, said in a statement.

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However, emerging markets still offer a sizeable opportunity for OEMs to expand and grow as smartphone penetration by users in still around 45 per cent.

“The average selling price (ASP) of smartphones is increasing, too, in emerging markets with users upgrading from entry level to the mid smartphone segment,” Pathak noted.

Huawei with 10.9 per cent and Xiaomi with 7.5 per cent market share followed Samsung and Apple.

OPPO with 6.1 per cent share was at fifth place.

“The saturating China smartphone market is forcing the Chinese smartphone players to invest and expand beyond their home market. The efforts have been realised as the performance of Chinese brands in MEA, Europe and the rest of the Asian markets has been strong,” said Research Analyst Shobhit Srivastava.

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The China market decline in Q1 2018, affected the overall growth of some of the key Chinese brands including OPPO and Vivo. Both saw a decline in the quarter as a result of the China market slowdown.

Apple grew 32 per cent (YoY) in China due to strong performance of its iPhone X.

While the promotions were not aggressive for the iPhone X, except in operator channels, its demand remains healthy in the market. (IANS)

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Multi-camera Phones by Samsung May Spoil Diwali of Chinese Players

It is a good move from Samsung to tap into the camera territory

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In February, DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT and Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics, changed his strategy for the Indian market once he saw Chinese players getting the upper hand on innovations in some smartphone components — and camera was one of those.

Geared up to alter the course of the mid-price segment market in India — a space that is currently flooded with Chinese variants — Koh on Thursday announced the Samsung “Galaxy A7” with three-rear camera system.

What is more, the next Samsung smartphone, the “Galaxy A9”, will bear a monster four-rear camera system.

The Galaxy A7 will be strategically priced below the Rs 30,000 price segment for India — a space currently dominated by the likes of Xiaomi.

The triple camera system in “Galaxy A7” has a 24MP AF lens, an 8MP “Ultra Wide” lens (F2.4) and a 5MP “Depth” lens. With the 24MP lens and Depth Lens, the Galaxy A7’s “Live Focus” feature lets users control the depth of field by allowing them to adjust the “bokeh” effect for better photos.

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Koh started working on the new game plan for India earlier in 2018.

“This is a good move by Samsung. Being a vertically-integrated company, it will look forward to leverage its strength in semi-conductor segment by bringing in new features to its consumer products, including smartphones,” Tarun Pathak, Associate Director at Counterpoint Research, told IANS.

“As Chinese players continue to be aggressive, Samsung needs to reduce the time within which it packs features in smartphones and bring those to the end users,” he suggested.

Koh started working on the new game plan for India earlier in 2018.

“Since February this year, I have changed my strategy for the Indian market as the competition got tough and terrain harsh. We dominated in some areas while struggle in some during the course.

“You will see devices coming from us in the mid-segment space with flagship features and functionalities that will delight our customers in India,” he said on the sidelines of Samsung’s premium Note 9 smartphone launch in Gurugram in August.

According to Jaipal Singh, Associate Research Manager, Client Devices, IDC India, entering the smartphone camera war is a strategic move on Samsung’s part.

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DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT and Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics. (IANS)

“This is important especially when camera is deciding a level-playing field for most of the players. Camera is now the focus for building Artificial Intelligence (AI) use cases and players are doing a lot around camera, like Huawei that brought P20 Pro with triple rear camera system this year and received rave reviews,” Singh told IANS.

On October 11, Samsung will launch their first four-rear camera system device A9 in the premium segment (above Rs 30,000).

Samsung dominated the premium smartphone segment in India in the first half of 2018 with almost half the market share, said a CyberMedia Research (CMR) report last week.

Samsung (48 per cent) was followed by Chinese smartphone player OnePlus, which grabbed the second spot with 25 per cent share, and Apple with 22 per cent share. One in two premium smartphones shipped in the first half of 2018 was a Samsung device.

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Koh has now doubled down on his efforts to dominate the smartphone camera war in India.

“Samsung has been doing well in the premium segment with respect to bringing innovative features in India. With a new triple camera smartphone, it has signalled that these features can be brought faster into the mid-price segment than the competitors,” Pathak noted.

“It is a good move from Samsung to tap into the camera territory,” added Singh. (IANS)