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If you thought the US smartphone market was the largest in the world, well you were wrong -- twice. First, China is the largest smartphone market in the world and now India has dethroned the US.
According to a new report from Counterpoint Research, India overtook the US and is now the second-largest smartphone market in the world with 158 million smartphones shipping into India in 2019 alone. The reason for this gigantic surge and overtaking of the US market is thanks to Chinese smartphone manufacturers Xiaomi, Vivo, Realme and Oppo.
In fact, 72% of smartphones shipped to India were Chinese smartphone manufacturers like Xiaomi, Vivo, Realme and Oppo. But what about Apple and Samsung? Samsung still holds 21% of the Indian smartphone market, while Xiaomi commands 28% winning 5% of the smartphone market in 2019 from Samsung. Realme is the real surprise here, going from 3% to 10% which is a 255% increase year-over-year.
This year will be known as the year of foldable smartphones really taking off, with Samsung already dominating the foldable smarpthone market with its Galaxy Fold and soon to be Galaxy Z -- which folds out like a Z, oh and the Galaxy Z Flip.
But don't forget that Motorola will be shipping its cheaper Razr, a new foldable that will see pre-orders from Verizon and Walmart shipping this month. Motorola's new foldable Razr smartphone is 'just' $1500, packing Qualcomm's mid-range Snapdragon 710, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of RAM compared to the Snapdragon 855 inside of the Galaxy Fold.
Motorola's foldable Razr smartphone packs a foldable 6.2-inch pOLED as its main display, while there's also a 2.7-inch OLED external display.
The leaks, rumors and even confirmed news on Samsung's new Galaxy S20 family of smartphones continues with news of the 120Hz display being set at 60Hz by default. We will know all about Samsung's new phones at its Unpacked 2020 event on February 11.
According to Max Weinbach from XDA Developers, Samsung will be shipping the new Galaxy S20 smartphones with their displays set to 60Hz. If you want that liquid smooth 120Hz goodness, you'll have to set it manually. ASUS ships its gaming smartphone in the ROG Phone 2 at 60Hz and that is also 120Hz-capable, while the Google Pixel 4/Pixel 4 XL and OnePlus smartphones ship with 90Hz displays out of the box.
Samsung will be doing this to conserve battery life out of the box, where if they shipped them to consumers at 120Hz then you'll have millions of people wondering why their phones are chewing through battery quicker than normal on a brand new smartphone. I'm hoping Samsung provides some sort of warning on the phone like "This phone is capable of 120Hz, go here to enable it".
Samsung has one of the most feature-packed smartphones in the market with its Galaxy Fold, but it looks like the Galaxy Fold successor will be better in every single way. We could see the Galaxy Fold 2 teased at Samsung's upcoming Unpacked 2020 event on February 11.
Max Weinbach from XDA Developers has tweeted that he has heard from his sources that Samsung will be launching a successor to the Galaxy Fold in Q2 2020, and that it will pack an insane 8-inch display, 108-megapixel camera, Ultra Thin glass, an S-Pen, Qualcomm's kick-ass new Snapdragon 865 and with that, 5G connectivity.
Samsung's new Galaxy S20 Ultra smartphone will be using the same 108-megapixel camera, something that will have 100x 'Space Zoom' support. We should expect the same rear-facing snapper in the Galaxy Fold, but the upgrade to the new Snapdragon 865 is going to deliver blistering speed as well as ultra-fast 5G connectivity.
Samsung will be unveiling its new Galaxy S20 family of smartphones at its Unpacked 2020 event on February 11, where we'll be introduced to the new Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra smartphones. But there will be a few surprises, too.
One of those surprises is the not-so-surprising (because of all the leaks) in the Galaxy Z Flip smartphone, but Samsung is reportedly set to unveil a new Galaxy Z smartphone that is shaping up beautifully. Thanks to some new leaked images, we're getting our best look at the super-exciting Galaxy Z smartphone that folds up into a Z shape, and it looks awesome.
But thanks to our good friends at LetsGoDigital, we have some gorgeous renders that make me want Samsung to release the Galaxy Z just like this. It looks like a much more refined foldable smartphone, and it would be a huge step away (but still very close to) the Galaxy Fold which I personally own and absolutely adore.
Now there's some official press renders of Samsung's flagship Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, which confirms the 100x camera that Samsung will call its 'Space Zoom' camera. We don't know much about how it works, but we know that the flagship Galaxy S20 Ultra will pack a 108-megapixel camera with '100x Space Zoom'.
The rear-facing camera rig on the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is hectic, and takes up a gigantic chunk of the top half of the phone. Samsung will have 10x optical zoom and then the mysterious 100x digital zoom AKA 'Space Zoom'. We will know more about Samsung's new Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra smartphones at Unpacked 2020 on February 11.
The new Galaxy Z Flip smartphone has received a few more details in the last day or so, with a new report suggesting it will have "Ultra-Thin Glass" with a Dynamic AMOLED display underneath. There will still be a crease in the display, just like Samsung's flagship Galaxy Fold, but it will have a much, much smaller footprint.
Samsung will reportedly use a much smaller display on the front of the Galaxy Z Flip, with the smaller display used to show users battery information, and more. The smaller display on the front of the Galaxy Z Flip would also be used as a viewfinder for the rear-facing cameras for those ever-important selfies, as well as notifications.
Samsung has just moved around some of its management in the weeks before the launch of its new Galaxy S20 range of smartphones, promoting Roh Tae-moon to run its mobile business.
Roh Tae-moon previously led the development of the Galaxy range of smartphones, with Samsung tapping Roh to "present fresh strategies and revitalize the organization". Until now, Roh was the development manager in the Galaxy division of Samsung and was a large part of their outsourcing efforts.
Samsung has more competition than ever before, having to battle both Apple and Huawei in various markets but now it will see Roh, at 52 years old, being the youngest president at Samsung.
Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S20 family of smartphones are right around the corner, with detailed specs leaking out over the last few days that paint an amazing picture of what the flagship Galaxy S20 Ultra will end up as. The camera system itself will be a stand out feature, something we're learning more and more about as the days go by:
But now a new photo of the rear-facing camera setup has been spotted, with the new Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G camera rig shown in dual shade (grey matte + black). The '100X' sticker on the back will reportedly make it into consumer handsets and will be printed alongside the Periscope camera.
I don't like the idea of a big '100X' branding on the back of the Galaxy S20 Ultra, but then again this is going to be a huge monster upgrade over the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+, so Samsung most likely wants to bring attention to the fact you're rolling around using a Galaxy S20 Ultra smartphone.
5G smartphones might feel like they're few and far between right now, but there are many more of them on the way -- and Chinese giant Huawei is promising 5G-enabled smartphones for below $150 by the end of 2020.
Huawei sees a big market for 5G smartphones going forward, so offering budget-friendly super-fast 5G-enabled smartphones in the Chinese market is going to be a big deal. Sure, the Western market might be able to afford $1000+ smartphones but the Chinese market is a very different one, a market where sub $150 is very important.
I would expect a very budget-specced handset for under $150 with 5G connectivity, with Huawei to most likely use its in-house Harmony OS on these new sub-$150 5G-enabled smartphones. Harmony does not have anywhere near the feature set of Google's own Android, but for entry-level and mid-range smartphones it should be fine.