So 2020 was a year that everyone would ratherforget. However, Apple had plenty of reasons to celebrate. First, they generated over $114 billion inrevenue in Quarter 4 of 2020 alone but most importantly Apple overtook Samsung to becomethe world's biggest smartphone vendor by selling a record number of smartphones, over 90 millionin the span of just 3 months. Though Samsung was still on top in 2020 asa whole, but with some never seen before performance in Quarter 4, Apple was closing the gap.
But courtesy of the Galaxy S21 lineup whichis doing really good in many parts of the world, and also the new Galaxy A lineup, Samsunghas managed to regain the top spot from Apple again. The company is now once again the largestsingle mobile vendor globally in the first quarter of 2021. According to a report by Strategy Analytics,Samsung sold 77 million smartphones in the first quarter that's between January to Marchwith an increase of 32 percent year-over-year.
Apple shipped 57 million iPhones worldwide,capturing second place with a 17% volume market share. As you can see, Samsung has managed to substantiallyincrease the lead by selling 20 million more Galaxy phones than iPhones. Xiaomi came in third with a 15 percent marketshare after shipping 49 million smartphones. Its Chinese rivals Oppo and Vivo took thefourth and fifth spots, respectively. Unfortunately, Huawei didn't enough smartphonesand has slipped into the category of others which is a shame since they were on trackto become the number one before the sanctions were put on them.
All in all, global smartphone shipments havereached about 340 million units in total which is the highest growth since 2015. This is likely due to the pent-up demand following2020, with the market rebounding along with the 5G handset market seeing impressive growthin China. With that being said, Samsung said at theExynos 2100 event that their next flagship product will use AMD GPU in Exynos chipsets. Everyone thought they were talking about theGalaxy Z Fold 3 since that was their next flagship product.
Even Ice Universe mentioned a couple of daysago that the chipset of the Z Fold 3 has been named Top Secret hinting the foldable flagshipwill indeed have the new AMD graphics. But turns out, that is not going to happen. Ice Universe tweeted out today that the ZFold 3 will have the Snapdragon 888 chipset worldwide. There won't be an Exynos 2100 variant. It also means that the smartphone will notdebut with an Exynos chipset featuring AMD's Radeon graphics, which is a bummer since everyonewas looking forward to it, to see how this partership would affect the mobile industryas a whole. It looks like we might have to wait a littlelonger to find that out perhaps at the Galaxy S22 launch event.
Or it's possible, Samsung may talk about itat the upcoming PC Unpacked Event on April 28th. In any case, rest assured I'll keep you posted. By the way, There's some good news as well. The Z Fold 3 will be 13 grams lighter thanthe Z Fold 2 which means the Z Fold 3 could weigh 269 grams compared to the Galaxy Z Fold2’s 282 grams. This is likely due to smaller batteries, anew Armor frame, and a polymer less OLED.
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