Qualcomm has recently revealed that it is joining forces with a number of Chinese mobile giants in order to start producing 5G ready mobile devices set for release by next year. Some of the phone makers the mobile chip manufacturer is partnering with include Xiaomi, Oppo (which owns OnePlus), Vivo, Lenovo (which now owns Motorola’s Moto brand of smartphones), and ZTE.
Huawei and Xiaomi are two of the largest phone makers in China (and among the top five across the globe), but for all their success in their native homeland, penetrating the United States mobile market remains a challenge. But as recently reported by Bloomberg, both companies apparently have big plans for next year.
Samsung’s current flagship offering, the Galaxy S8, is the top selling Android powered mobile device in the world during the second quarter of this year, at least according to information recently offered by Strategy Analytics. Apple’s iPhone, however, remains the handset to beat in the entire smartphone industry.
Although the wearables market has been noticeably having a hard time in the United States mobile market, it is actually doing okay across the globe. As a matter of fact, the latest report from Canalys indicates that wearables are showing an 8 percent improvement year over year. Sure, that 8 percent growth may not be jaw dropping, but it is growth nonetheless.
In the world of mobile, everybody knows that Samsung and Apple are the undisputed biggest sellers of smartphone devices across the globe. But not everybody knows that Chinese phone makers, such as Huawei, Oppo, and Xiaomi, are continuing to close the gap, albeit slowly, and Canalys has the numbers to prove it.
Nokia and Xiaomi have agreed to sign a cross licensing partnership deal that will essentially have the two tech giants join forces on a number of future projects. Under the terms of the multi-year deal, Xiaomi will be acquiring the patent assets of Nokia. The agreement will also allow a cross license to each entity’s cell standard essential patents. As for Nokia, its end of the deal will involve supplying the needed network infrastructure equipment that will meet the high capacity but low power requirements of Internet service providers and data center companies.
For the first time ever, Xiaomi took the opportunity to showcase some of its smartphone devices at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show recently held in the Entertainment Capital of the World. By way of a press conference, the Chinese mobile giant debuted a couple of new handsets, but unfortunately, it appears that these new offerings will only be made available in the company’s native homeland, China.
Some may be disappointed that Xiaomi is not yet planning to release devices in the United States mobile market anytime soon, but various industry watchers actually believe that the company is just biding its time, and is content with working out solid foundations before making an aggressive push to enter the highly competitive American market.
Less than a month after the debut of Apple’s latest iPhone 7 models, Xiaomi is unveiling two new flagship devices of its own -- the Mi 5s and the Mi 5s Plus -- and just like Apple, Xiaomi is joining in on the dual camera configuration fun. The newest handsets are, of course, follow ups to the Mi 5 that the Chinese mobile giant officially announced back in February early this year.
Xiaomi is said to be readying to officially unveil its new Mi 5s smartphone some time later this year. This flagship device from the Chinese phone maker is expected to come with lots of new features, which include a pressure sensitive display screen as well as an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. Well, there is some new speculation that Xiaomi’s Mi 5s device will also be fitted with dual cameras on its rear side. And as reported by KoreaHerald, it appears that the smartphone will be making use of dual camera modules supplied by none other than Samsung, the biggest mobile giant in the world right now.
According to the latest report from TrendForce, sellers of smartphone devices worldwide shipped 292 million units during the first three months of 2016. This volume represents a 1.3 percent slide year over year, and an 18.6 percent sequential decrease from the normally robust holiday shopping season.
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