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.
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.
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.
This year’s Mobile World Congress held in the city of Barcelona in Spain has officially wrapped up. For those who were busy the last few days and were not able to follow the world’s biggest tech conference focusing on the mobile industry, we are presenting you this summary of the most significant things that happened and the coolest devices that were highlighted during MWC 2016.
As detailed by market research firm Gartner in its latest report, global sales of smartphone devices in the fourth quarter of 2015 posted its slowest growth rate since the year 2008, almost a decade ago. Even Apple’s seemingly untouchable iPhones are not immune to slow sales -- Gartner reported that iPhone devices posted its first ever decline.
US Mobile is no longer just that small mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that uses T-Mobile’s network. It now has the distinction of being the first wireless carrier in the United States to legitimately carry mobile devices made by Chinese phone makers Xiaomi and Meizu. American mobile carriers may be forgiven for never having heard of both these smartphone brands, but via US Mobile, Xiaomi and Meizu now have an access way into the US market.
2015 was a good year for Xiaomi, but in certain ways, it was also kind of a disappointing one for the Chinese phone maker, too. First, the positive -- the company managed to sell 70 million units of smartphones in the last twelve months, and with that sales volume, easily grabbed the largest market share in China (considered the biggest market for smartphones in the world right now).
Research firm IDC has just published its latest sales figures for wearable devices, and it appears that familiar names continue to lead in terms of sales volume and market share. The year 2015 saw the release of the highly touted Apple Watch, as well as interesting offerings from players like Tag Heuer which ventured into smartwatch territory for the first time.
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