The well-known network informant under the nickname Ice Universe, who often shares reliable and exclusive information about the latest developments in the mobile industry, provided fresh information on the foldable smartphone Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3.
He stated that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 will receive a sub-screen camera technology that the South Korean giant, like other companies, has been actively working on for the past several years. Unlike ZTE, which has already launched a smartphone with a sub-screen camera, Samsung is improving the technology to the point where photo quality is at the highest level.
Previously renowned insider and designer Ben Geskin has released the first renders of the Samsung Galaxy Fold 3 foldable smartphone, which were created based on leaks and information available on the Web. Judging by this image, the smartphone will resemble the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra with its main camera unit. In addition, it will receive stylus support. Previously, stylus support was not available in any of the company’s foldable smartphones. It’s worth noting that in this render, the front camera is cut into the screen.
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%.