Earlier it was reported that Apple in 2022 will release the iPhone SE3 model, which will look like a copy of the iPhone 11. However, recent data indicates that the manufacturer is reusing the popular design even earlier – in the iPhone SE Plus.
The smartphone’s LCD screen should have a 6.1-inch diagonal, and the phone itself should receive two 12-megapixel cameras, as well as support for the optical image stabilization system. The smartphone will be based on the Apple A14 SoC and equipped with a side fingerprint scanner. According to the latest data, in the upcoming iPhone 12s series, the fingerprint sensor will be under the display.
To make the device more affordable, Apple will remove the 5G modem from the iPhone SE Plus. At the same time, those wishing to buy an Apple smartphone with 5G support will have to choose from the models of the flagship line.
It is expected that the price of the device will start at $500.
IDC: The smartphone market has returned to growth
Experts of the analytical company IDC summed up the results of the fourth quarter of 2020 and the whole year in general on the smartphone market. As stated in the corresponding report, the smartphone market returned to growth. Sales in the fourth quarter of 2020 were 385.9 million units, which is 4.3% more than smartphones sold in the fourth quarter of 2019. At the same time, for the entire 2020, smartphones were sold 5.9% less than in 2019.
At the end of the fourth quarter of 2020, Apple was named the market leader. It was able to increase sales in annual terms; that is, compared to the same quarter of the previous year, by 22.2% – from 73.8 to 90.1 million devices. This led to an increase in Apple’s share from 19.9% to 23.4%. The second place is occupied by Samsung, which in annual terms increased sales by 6.2%, as a result of which its share increased from 18.8% to 19.1%. The third place is taken by Xiaomi. Its share increased from 8.9% to 11.2%. The top five also include Oppo and Huawei. Also, The share of Oppo increased from 8.3% to 8.8%. The share of Huawei decreased from 15.2% to 8.4%.
As for 2020 as a whole, Samsung remained the leader with 20.6% of the market. Apple is in second place with 15.9%. The share of Huawei, which is in third place at the end of 2020, is 14.6%. The fourth-place belongs to Xiaomi, whose share is 11.4%, the fifth – to Vivo, whose share is 8.6%. In 2019, Samsung’s share was 21.6%, Apple’s 13.9%. Huawei – 17.5%, Xiaomi – 9.2%, Vivo – 8.0%.