South Korean tech giant Samsung announced yesterday that the company has made a new breakthrough in 5G data rates using E-UTRAN New Radio Dual Connectivity (EN-DC) technology.
Galaxy S20 + became the world’s fastest smartphone in terms of 5G speed
Advanced telecommunications technology, enabling the use of 5G and 4G LTE base stations, has enabled the company to achieve 5.23 Gbps data rates on a smartphone. It used last year’s Galaxy S20 + smartphone, which was able to download a 4GB movie in just 6 seconds.
E-UTRAN New Radio Dual Connectivity (EN-DC) technology allows mobile operators to increase the speed and coverage of 5G by using the 4G network. Prior to this, the record was fixed at around 4.25 Gbps, it was set using MU-MIMO technology.
Samsung is actively trying to expand its presence in the 5G market by offering end-to-end solutions, including chipsets. Samsung has signed 5G networking equipment supply agreements with mobile operators in countries such as the United States, Canada and New Zealand.
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.
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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%.