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Apple and Xiaomi only vendors to see smartphone growth in 2020 — Gartner
Apple’s growth was largely due to the success of the iPhone 12, which helped the company surpass Samsung to regain the status of number one global smartphone vendor for Q4 2020.
Smartphone sales to reach 1.5 billion this year — Gartner
The rebound reflects the consequences faced by the industry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, a year in which smartphone sales declined by 10.5%.
Hands-on review: Aspera R9
The R9 is touted as a rugged, waterproof, shockproof mobile phone. It certainly looks the part.
Worldwide smartphone market grew 4.3% in Q4 2020, improving over Q3 decline
It comes off the back of a better-than-expected year for smartphones: while total 2020 shipments declined by 5.9% in comparison to 2019, IDC says the market’s recovery in the face of the pandemic was ‘impressive’, with the momentum heading into 2021 remaining strong.
HMD Global launches Nokia 5.4 in Australia
The Nokia 5.4 is a smartphone engineered for photography, with a 48MP quad camera, an AI-powered night mode, a wide lens, a depth sensor, and a macro lens.
IDC: Used smartphone market poised for growth
Worldwide market for used smartphones to reach 351.6 million units with a market value of $65 billion in 2024.
Aspera Mobile armours up with its tough-looking R9 smartphone
Designed with a particularly robust exterior, the phone is built for heavy knocks and drops.
IDC: NZ's smartphone market sees a 35% boost in Q3 2020
The report also found a significant increase in brick-and-mortar retail spending compared to H1 2020, when spending was concentrated on online channels due to COVID-19 restrictions in the country.
Gartner: Worldwide smartphone sales decline, Xiaomi moves ahead of Apple
Overall global mobile phone sales to end users totalled 401 million units, a decline of 8.7% year-over-year.
IDC: Smartphone market ready to rebound thanks to 5G
Smartphone shipments will return to growth in the holiday quarter and beyond driven by strong push behind 5G, according to IDC.
Hands-on review: OPPO Reno 4 and Reno 4 Pro 5G
If you use a phone for professional-looking photos and great video content, both these models deserve your attention.
Nokia launches two new phones
The 225 4G is a low-cost traditional-style handset with a physical keypad and the 225 is an Android smartphone with a bloatware-free promise.
Xiaomi enters top three for first time as smartphone market picks up in Q320
“Xiaomi executed with aggression to seize shipments from Huawei."
Consumers turn to smartphone accessories while other markets fail
Smartphone accessories, namely wearable bands and TWS devices, is set to exceed 200 million units and 350 million units respectively in 2021, according to the latest Canalys forecast.
Worldwide smartphone market declines in Q3, but not as much as expected - IDC
353.6 million smartphones were shipped this quarter, and despite the 1.3% dip compared to last year, this figure represents a much better picture than what was previously projected by IDC — a 9% year-on-year decline.
Hands-on review: Vivo X50 Pro 5G
I’m already convinced that I want to be the next stellar movie director to come out of New Zealand when I grow up.
Consumers can now pay with eftpos via Samsung phones
Heritage Bank is the first issuer to launch the solution, which allows Samsung Pay users to make debit card payments via eftpos or the Visa network.
Google starts Android 11 rollout - a taste of what's new
Android 11 is now live – but if you don’t have one of the ‘selected’ OnePlus, OPPO, Pixel, realme, or Xiaomi phones, you might be in for a bit of a wait.
Global 5G smartphone shipments to reach 278 million in 2020
“Smartphone vendors have relentlessly pushed new product launches, as well as online marketing and sales during the post-lockdown period."
LG embarks on mission to bring unique smartphone designs to life
The Explorer Project is both an initiative and a category of phone, and will include devices that deliver unexplored usability experiences, according to a statement from the company.
Hands-on review: The Nokia 2.3 smartphone
Your kids are going to love it (and you will too), writes Owen McCarthy.
COVID sees global smartphone sales plunge by 20%
New figures released by analyst firm Gartner showed Samsung experienced the largest decline in sales, while Apple’s smartphone sales were nearly flat year-over-year.
Smartphone shipments down but may make a comeback in 2022
"Although we expect year-over-year growth of 9% in 2021, that is only due to the large drop in 2020. The real recovery won't happen until 2022 when smartphone volumes return to pre-COVID levels."
Hands-on review: The Nokia 5.3 smartphone
The high-quality build means that each time I take it out of my pocket, I don’t put it into “Do not disturb” mode. Other Android users will know what I mean.