A formidable trio of Chinese phone makers -- Huawei, Oppo, and Vivo -- has collectively claimed 24 percent of the 380 million units of smartphone devices sold across the globe during the first three months of this year, according to the latest report recently released by research firm Gartner. The solid sales numbers of these three mobile manufacturers from China contributed immensely in driving the worldwide smartphone market to grow 9.1 percent.
It appears that all is right in the world again, especially for Samsung. According to the latest quarterly report on smartphone market share recently released by IDC, the South Korean phone maker has snatched back its title as the number one smartphone maker in the world. The company managed to achieve this by capturing a comfortable 22.8 percent.
It is generally known that Huawei’s Honor lineup of smartphones takes some of the best features of the Chinese phone maker’s handsets and packs them in devices that are a bit more budget friendly. But as Honor handsets continue to improve every year, the distinction between the two is beginning to get less and less clear. This is evident in the newest addition to the Honor range -- the Honor 8 Pro phablet, which costs about $590.
During the Global 5G Test Summit held in Barcelona in Spain this week, various mobile operators and tech vendors that include AT&T, China Mobile, NTT DOCOMO, Vodafone, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Keysight, MediaTek, Nokia, Qualcomm, Rohde & Schwarz, ZTE, and Datang all pledge their support for a worldwide 5G specification established by means of tests, trials, and cooperation between carriers, mobile manufacturers, and network builders.
The annual Mobile World Congress is the world’s biggest conference for everything mobile, and this year’s event has brought another generous helping of new smartphones. Here are some of the handsets worth checking out.
Huawei is following up last year’s P9 and the P9 Plus devices with the impressive P10 and the P10 Plus. Both smartphones come with a curvy design and a fingerprint scanner on the front side -- two features that differentiate this year’s offerings from the Chinese phone maker’s flagships in 2016.
One of the hottest tech events, the Mobile World Congress, is about to take place in Barcelona, Spain in a few days. And as the date comes closer, smartphone manufacturers are sending out invites and teasers for the devices they are gearing up to debut during the event. Today, we are treated to a mysterious video teaser from Huawei. Although the video does not directly show the P10 smartphone Huawei is expected to launch at MWC, many can not help but make this connection.
Earlier this week, Google had revealed that it was starting the roll out of Android 7.1.2, the newest version of Android Nougat, to devices such as the Google Pixel and the Nexus 5X (built by LG) by way of an over the air update.
Can Huawei successfully conquer the United States mobile market this year? It certainly thinks it can with the recent launch of its newest phablet offering, the Mate 9. The device comes with a rather formidable $600 price, and is the first smartphone in the world to be integrated with Alexa, the artificial intelligence (AI) digital assistant developed by Amazon.
Huawei recently took the opportunity to debut the newest addition to its Honor lineup of midrange smartphone devices -- the Honor 6X. With a rather friendly price of $199.99 upfront, the Honor 6X certainly counts as one of the more affordable smartphone releases in the last few months. For those who found the previous model, the Honor 5X, a decent find, it is a sure bet that they will also appreciate the Honor 6X, which comes with enhancements but without too much added cost.
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