Samsung has filed with the Patent and Trademark Office a document describing a new smartphone, the top panel of which can move in one axis in two directions. It could be the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A82 smartphone.
When folded, the smartphone looks like a regular smartphone, but if you move the top panel down, then users will have access to the front camera. If you slide the screen up, you will find a large speaker tuned by AKG specialists.
Using the patent images, designer Sarang Sheth has partnered with LetsGoDigital to create a series of renders of the device that is slated to hit the market as the Samsung Galaxy A82.
Recall that the Samsung Galaxy A80 presented in 2019, has received a unique design of the camera, which pushes up and rotates. This made the top bezel of the screen very narrow.
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The Samsung Galaxy A81 smartphone, contrary to rumors, never appeared. This year Samsung, according to the source, will release the Samsung Galaxy A82 with such a unique design, but for now, the information should be regarded as ordinary rumors.
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%.