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LG Reportedly Planning to Launch Affordable 5G-enabled Smartphones in Second Half of 2020

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The South Korean tech giant is also working on a new Velvet smartphone featuring the latest Snapdragon 690 5G Mobile Platform.

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  • Last Updated: August 3, 2020, 11:53 AM IST

South Korean tech giant LG is planning to launch an affordable 5G device in markets like South Korea and the US in the second half of 2020. The company is looking ahead to strengthen its original design manufacturer (ODM) strategy and released a device that can be available to a larger market, reports Android Headlines. With the upcoming mass-market 5G smartphones, LG is trying to get the early mover advantage in the markets like the US and South Korea. The company is also working closely with chipset makers for offering best-in-class experience even on the affordable devices.

In addition, the company’s Mobile Communications division is working on improving the profitability of its business and becoming more competitive in the current market. Recently, LG Velvet 5G with Dimensity 800 SoC was spotted in a Google Play Console listing. The LG Velvet 5G launched earlier this year is one of the best mid-range 5G smartphones with a Snapdragon 765G SoC. Additionally, the company is also working on a new Velvet smartphone featuring the latest Snapdragon 690 5G Mobile Platform.


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Indian Smartphone Market Likely to See 40% Recovery in Second Half of 2020: Report

After going through disruptions in supply chain and curtailed domestic production, the India smartphone market is now showing encouraging signs of revival that sets it on a potential course for market recovery for over 40 per cent in the second half this year, according to a new report. Over the short-term, the mobile market will improve in mid-Q3, spurred by early online sales festivals, setting the smartphone market on a potential path to recovery towards the all-important festive season.

During this period, smartphone brands will focus on showcasing their consumer-centric value propositions, focusing more on hyperlocal delivery models, and launching more 5G-ready smartphones, according to market research firm CMR’s ‘India Mobile Handset Market Review Report.’ CMR’s current estimates point to better performance for the India smartphone market in H2 2020, with the market anticipated to recover by more than 40 per cent in comparison to the first half.

“As a consequence of the pandemic, Q2 2020 was, in essence, a lost quarter. While the mobile handset industry faced multiple challenges with respect to their supply and demand-side dynamics, the industry looks set on the path to a potential recovery in the coming months,” said Amit Sharma, Manager-Industry Intelligence Group, CMR. The initial consumer demand in the unlock phase was driven predominantly through online channels and driven by a need for urgent replacements.

“Facing up to the pandemic, smartphone brands debuted innovative hyperlocal delivery models, some of which have the potential to gain permanence,” Sharma added. The path to potential recovery will be led by pent-up consumer demand, driven by a need for upgrades. In the run-up to the festive season, consumers will seek to go for meaningful value propositions that bring devices and compelling content ecosystem offerings, together.

“This, coupled by smartphone brands bringing more value for money offerings and backed by aggressive messaging, will potentially drive the market,” said Sharma. Thus far, a key challenge for the smartphone market in India to grow has been the inability to offer value propositions that will help feature phone users to migrate to smartphones. “We believe recent announcements, such as the Jio-Google deal, augur well for the future of the mobile handset industry in India, and in potentially enabling the migration of feature phones to smartphone users, with its focus on driving affordability,” said analyst Anand Priya Singh.


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5G Smartphone Sales Hit the Headlines in China in Q2 2020 With Huawei Topping the Chart

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While smartphone sales increased 9 percent quarter on quarter indicating some signs of recovery, overall sales in China declined 17 per cent year-over-year in Q2 2020.

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  • Last Updated: July 27, 2020, 1:05 PM IST

One-third of the total smartphone sales in China were 5G devices during the June quarter as Chinese operators, as well as original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), actively pushed 5G smartphones via lowering prices along with attractive 5G plans, according to a new report. Overall smartphone sales in China declined 17 per cent year-over-year in Q2 2020.

However, the sales increased 9 per cent quarter on quarter indicating some signs of recovery. Covid-19 has been mostly contained in China but the demand for smartphones is yet to recover to pre-COVID levels, said the report by Counterpoint Research.

“Despite a slowdown in the smartphone market in China, Chinese OEMs have picked up the pace in 5G developments that were hampered by Covid-19 disruptions in Q1 2020,” Ethan Qi, Senior Analyst, Counterpoint, said in a statement. In Q2, 33 per cent of smartphones sold were 5G enabled compared to just 16 per cent in Q1. “The proportion was even higher in June, where more than 40 per cent of smartphones sold were 5G capable,” Qi added.

China’s 5G smartphone market is quite consolidated with HOVX (Huawei, OPPO, Vivo and Xiaomi) grabbing 96 per cent of the market. Huawei dominated 5G smartphone sales, accounting for 60 per cent of the market. High-end 5G smartphones are predominantly from Huawei, while Oppo, Xiaomi, and Vivo all have various offerings in the mid-tier.


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MediaTek Dimensity 720 Chipset Goes Official, to Power Mid-Range 5G Smartphones

Taiwanese fabless semiconductor company MediaTek on Thursday launched the Dimensity 720 5G chipset for mid-range smartphones. The Dimensity 720 is part of MediaTek’s 5G chipset family that includes Dimensity 1000 for flagship 5G smartphones to the Dimensity 800 and 700 series for more accessible 5G mid-tier devices.

“This chip is highly power-efficient, has impressive performance and advanced display and imaging technologies,” Yenchi Lee, Deputy General Manager, Wireless Communications Business Unit, MediaTek, said in a statement. With two Arm Cortex-A76 big cores operating at 2GHz in the octa-core CPU, the chipset aims to improve the responsiveness of applications for fluid user experience.

The Dimensity 720 also packs an Arm Mali G57 class GPU, fast LPDDR4X memory and universal flash storage (UFS) 2.2 for fast read/write speeds. The chipset supports the latest connectivity technologies including two carrier aggregation (2CC CA), Voice over New Radio (VoNR) and 5G and 4G dual SIM, dual standby (DSDS) to provide users with the best possible connection. It also supports both standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) sub-6GHz networks. The Dimensity 720 is designed for global sub-6GHz 5G networks in Asia, North America and Europe. For more information and specifications visit the MediaTek Dimensity 5G solutions page.


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Nokia And Broadcom Will Work Together on New 5G Chips

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By the end of this year, Nokia aims to have the custom chips in more than 35% of its 5G shipments and to reach a rate of 100% by the end of 2022.

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  • Last Updated: June 15, 2020, 8:13 PM IST

Finland’s Nokia Oyj said on Monday it had partnered with Broadcom to develop chips for 5G equipment in its third such deal following ones with Intel and Marvell. Nokia initially chose a type of chip — Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) — for its 5G equipment that customers could reprogramme but high costs and supply hurdles last year forced it to change course.

“We still stand by the decision of going with FPGAs because it was the right thing to do at that time,” Sandro Tavares, Nokia’s head of mobile networks marketing, told Reuters. “When we announced the shift in strategy, the market evolved faster and we needed to speed up the process of developing new suppliers,” he said. Nokia, which competes with Sweden’s Ericsson and China’s Huawei, had said its 5G products could not reach the market in time due to delays by one supplier, identified by analysts as Intel.

It is now using cheaper custom chips to bring down costs and adding more suppliers to diversify its supply. Tavares declined to comment on when Nokia’s 5G equipment with Broadcom chips would hit the market or if Nokia would add more suppliers. Reducing the cost of its chips is a key performance indicator for Nokia and in the first quarter, it said 17% of its 5G equipment had custom chips, up from about 10% at the end of 2019.

By the end of this year, Nokia aims to have the custom chips in more than 35% of its 5G shipments and to reach a rate of 100% by the end of 2022. Nokia has said it expects its gross margins to improve as it increases shipments of 5G products with custom chips.


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5G Subscriber-base in South Korea Tops 6.34 Million, New Data Reveals

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South Korea’s three carriers — SK Telecom Co., KT Corp. and LG Uplus Corp — rolled out the commercial network last April and aggressively promoted their new service.

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  • Last Updated: June 2, 2020, 10:47 AM IST

More than six million South Koreans were subscribed to 5G mobile networks as of April, a year after the country adopted the service, government data showed on Monday. The number of 5G users in the nation reached 6.34 million as of the end of April, up 7.8 per cent from a month earlier, according to the data compiled by the Ministry of Science and ICT.

The nation’s three carriers — SK Telecom Co., KT Corp. and LG Uplus Corp — rolled out the commercial 5G network last April and have aggressively promoted their new service for premium smartphones.

SK Telecom’s 5G customers accounted for 45 percent as of April, trailed by KT with 30.3 percent and LG Uplus with 24.7 percent, the ministry said. The number of mobile subscribers between 2G and 5G came to 69.35 million as of the end of April, reports Yonhap news agency.




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Samsung Unveils Exynos 880 SoC, Could Potentially Make 5G Smartphones More Affordable

Samsung Exynos 880 SoC (Pic Source: Samsung)

Samsung Exynos 880 SoC (Pic Source: Samsung)

The Exynos 880 is also capable of supporting advanced graphics APIs, and incorporating diverse technologies for powerful and efficient graphics processing.

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  • Last Updated: May 27, 2020, 11:42 AM IST

South Korean tech giant Samsung on Wednesday unveiled a new mobile chip, the Exynos 880 SoC, featuring an integrated 5G modem and AI capabilities. The Exynos 880 includes a 5G cellular modem that enables lag-less streaming and rapid downloads. It facilitates the next-generation 5G experiences such as mixed reality (MR) and cloud-gaming. It features an integrated 5G modem that supports up to 2.55Gbps download speed and up to 1.28Gbps upload speed over 5G sub-6GHz spectrum. The company said that the download speed of 2.55Gbps can be lifted to 3.55Gpbs.

The Exynos 880 is capable of supporting advanced graphics APIs, and incorporating diverse technologies for powerful and efficient graphics processing. While the enhanced CPU performance reduces loading time, the powerful GPU renders 3D graphics in-game with a high framerate to provide outstanding visuals, the company said in a statement. The Exynos 880’s advanced image signal processor supports up to five individual sensors and is able to process three sensors concurrently while enabling a single-camera max resolution of 64Mp and a dual-camera rating of 20Mp for each camera.

It incorporates a neural processing unit (NPU) and digital signal processor (DSP) for on-device AI that accelerates response times and improves security. The chip is designed to support Bluetooth 5 that increases the range, speed, and broadcast messaging capacity for multi-device connection.




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Smartphone Shipments in India to Decline by 12% in 2020; 5G Phones Capture 2% Share

As smartphone brands face a state of uncertainty as both supply and demand has been diminished in India, the industry will bear the maximum brunt in the second quarter (April-June period), leaving the sector with at least 11-12 per cent overall decline in shipments for the entire 2020, a new report said on Thursday.

According to CMR’s ‘India Mobile Handset Market Review Report for Q1 2020’, the total smartphone shipments in India in the March quarter grew a mere 4 per cent (year-on-year). The first wave of 5G smartphones hit the market, accounting for 2 per cent of the overall smartphone shipments in Q1 2020. The smartphone market grew modestly on the back of good consumer demand before the onset of COVID-19 hit the market.

“Going forward, we remain cautious about the speed of recovery in India’s smartphone market this year. We are keeping a close tab on the macroeconomic factors and how it plays out from here on. Our best-case scenario suggests a decline of 11-12% in overall smartphone shipments for 2020,” said Prabhu Ram, Head-Industry Intelligence Group, CMR.

At the beginning of the year, COVID-19 was merely a supply-side challenge confined to China and smartphone brands in India were able to tide over the initial wave of the crisis with enough inventory supplies.

“However, as COVID-19 cases in India crossed the 500 marks in late March, India went into a complete lockdown. For smartphone brands, this has put both supplies as well as demand in a state of uncertainty. Q2 2020 will be where the industry will face the brunt of the pandemic and test the resilience of smartphone brands,” Ram elaborated.

Faced with personal and economic uncertainties, consumer spending will remain muted for the better part of the year,” according to Anand Priya Singh, Analyst- Industry Intelligence Group, CMR.

“Unless absolutely necessary, such as replacing a mobile phone, consumers may choose to conserve. However, we expect the market to recover lost ground in the run-up to the festive season,” Singh added.

Xiaomi (30 per cent), Vivo (17 per cent) and Samsung (16 per cent) rounded off the top three spots in Q1 2020. Realme and IQOO launched their first 5G smartphones, with the Realme X50 Pro accounting for the bulk of the 5G shipments. The feature phone segment declined 20 per cent (YoY) primarily due to the migration of consumers from feature phones to smartphone segment.

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Motorola to Launch Moto Edge, Moto Edge+ With 'Waterfall' Display on April 22

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Motorola’s premium Edge series is all set to make a debut. Here’s what we know about the smartphone series so far.

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  • Last Updated: April 14, 2020, 1:51 PM IST

Motorola has announced that it will unveil its new flagship smartphones, the Motorola Edge and Motorola Edge+ on April 22. However, because of the coronavirus outbreak and lockdowns being imposed in many countries, the Lenovo-owned company will host an “e-event” to unveil its flagship devices. It also gave a glimpse of the curved “waterfall” display through a short video on Twitter. Per the official release, the launch will take place online at 11 AM CDT (9:30 PM IST) on April 22. Earlier, the company was expected to showcase both the devices at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) earlier this year, but the conference was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Motorola Edge + and Motorola Edge Specifications

The Motorola Edge+ is expected to come with a 6.67-inch AMOLED display offering a Full-HD+ (1,080×2,340 pixels) resolution and a hole-punch design. It will run on Qualcomm’s top-end Snapdragon 865 processor coupled with up to 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB storage. It will also feature an in-screen fingerprint sensor. According to reports, the handset is expected to feature a large 5,170mAh battery and run on Android 10 out-of-the-box. The phone’s other features are expected to be a 108-megapixel camera and 5G connectivity.

On the other hand, the lower-end Motorola Edge is all set to get a similar set of specifications with a curved 6.67-inch Full-HD+ (1,080×2,340 pixels) display. However, as expected, there will be changes in camera and processor specs. If reports are to be believed, the Moto Edge will run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765 processor with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. The phone will also have a 64-megapixel camera.

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iQoo 3 5G Review: Performance is Core, But There is Room For Improvement











Updated:April 4, 2020, 2:36 PM IST


This one here is made for the ones who are looking for a high-performance smartphone. The iQoo 3 lives up to its ‘Monster Inside’ tagline by offering a solid hardware package, especially if you do a lot of mobile gaming. Apart from offering 12GB RAM, the top of the line variant also offers 5G connectivity, which sadly hasn’t rolled out anywhere in the country.