The results of the third quarter of 2020 for worldwide smartphone sales are here and bring pretty good stats for Samsung. The Korean tech giant in the third quarter made it to the first spot in the list of top-selling smartphone vendors. Although, global sales of smartphones in the third quarter have been declined by 5.7%.
According to Gartner, among the top five smartphone makers in the world, Samsung reserves the top spot with a 22% market share. The company encountered a growth of 2.2% from Q3 2019 to Q3 2020. Huawei, the Chinese smartphone maker took the second spot in the list with 14.1 and faced a decline in its performance as compared to 16.9% in Q3, 2019.
The third, fourth, and fifth spots were taken by Xiaomi, Apple, and Oppo respectively, where Xiaomi managed to the third position leaving behind Apple. Among all the five smartphone makers, Samsung and Xiaomi were the only brands that recorded growth for the first time this year.
Samsung planning to launch more budget and mid-range devices in the coming days that will help the Korean tech giant to once again capture the market. By launching the Galaxy S21 series earlier than its usual schedule, Samsung will enter the first quarter of 2021 in full swing and is expected to reach more customers.
Tenstorrent to use Samsung’s advanced 4nm process to produce the chips
AI chip startup Tenstorrent recently announced that it will cooperate with Samsung to produce the next generation of AI chipsets, which will be manufactured using the 4nm SF4X process.
Tenstorrent praises the Samsung team as “known for its expertise in silicon manufacturing.” The chipsets will be manufactured using Samsung’s advanced SF4X process, which boasts an impressive 4nm architecture.
The company has built powerful RISC-V CPUs and AI acceleration chips, aiming to break through the computing boundaries of multiple industries such as data centers, automobiles, and robots.
These chipsets are designed to deliver scalable power from milliwatts to megawatts for a wide range of applications from edge devices to data centers.
Previous report reveals that Tenstorrent completed a new round of financing of $100 million in August this year, with participation from Hyundai Motor Group and Samsung Catalyst Fund, a venture capital company owned by Samsung.
Made in India Chromebooks: Google signs new partnership with HP
Google and HP have announced a partnership to manufacture Chromebooks in India, making them the first Chromebooks to be made in the country. The partnership aims to improve the digital education scenario in India by providing affordable and secure computing devices to students and educators.
According to the information, the Chromebooks will be produced at the Flex Facility near Chennai, where HP has been making various laptops and desktops since August 2020. The production of HP Chromebooks starts on October 2, 2023.
Chromebooks are the leading devices in K-12 education globally, with over 50 million students and teachers using them. Chromebooks have built-in accessibility and security features that make them ideal for online learning.
Today, Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai confirmed the partnership through a tweet on X (Twitter). He mentioned, “We are partnering with HP to manufacture Chromebooks in India – These are the first Chromebooks to be made in India and will make it easier for Indian students to have access to affordable and secure computing.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9 Plus with Snapdragon chip spotted on Google Play Console
Google Play Console listing doesn’t reveal much about its specs, while its existence is almost confirmed. The Galaxy Tab A9 Plus will feature a 1200 x 1920 pixels resolution display, while the size remains unknown at the moment.
Past reports revealed that this tablet will be equipped with Snapdragon 695 processor, coupled with 4GB RAM. However, the Tab A9 is said to sport MediaTek’s Helio G99 chipset and a 1340 x 800 pixels resolution display.