For some time now, speculation has been rife with regards to Apple experimenting with a form of under-display fingerprint reading technology, and understandably, some industry watchers were fully expecting the tech giant to debut this tech in an upcoming iPhone offering. But surprisingly, Vivo, a phone maker from China, has beaten Apple to the punch.
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.
During the third quarter of 2016, worldwide smartphone sales are starting to come around as the global mobile industry begins to recover from a slump in the first six months of the year. But wait -- that growth appears to be driven not by familiar powerhouse names such as Samsung, Apple, and LG, but by Chinese phone makers like Huawei, Oppo, and Vivo.
Even though Samsung posted a slight decrease in its total volume of smartphone shipments during the first quarter of this year, the South Korean mobile giant remains the number one seller of smartphone devices around the world, according to research firm IDC.
Chinese phone makers seem to like their devices ultra-slim. Earlier this year, Gionee introduced the Elife S5.1 smartphone, which has a thickness (more like thinness) of 5.1 millimeters. And then Oppo trumped Gionee's offering by introducing its own, the R5 smartphone, which comes with a thickness of 4.85 millimeters.
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