Samsung owns the largest slice of the global smartphone market share, with rivals in 2nd and 3rd including Apple and Xiaomi, respectively. A recent TrendForce report reveals that Samsung controls about 70 percent (3/4) of the overall foldable smartphone market (with 13 million units shipment).
According to the data, Samsung continues to lead other brands in foldable smartphone market research and production technologies. The company already controls the largest 70 percent piece of the overall market, which would further solidify with the release of Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Flip 5 this July.
The South Korean tech giant is likely to unveil its next-generation Fold/Flip phones in late July and release to the market in August. The major upgrades are a significantly larger cover display on the Flip 5 and a new waterdrop hinge technology on the Fold 5.
The research agency predicts market size falling short of 1.2 billion units. However, it is estimated that foldable phones’ shipments will reach 19.8 million units in 2023, marking an impressive YoY growth rate of 55% compared to 12.8 million units last year.
Chinese brands like Huawei, OPPO, Vivo, Xiaomi, and Honor have all joined the race for foldable smartphones. Huawei’s Pocket S, released in 2022, has seen a warm reception in the consumer market, thanks to its appealing design and competitive pricing, despite being equipped with a 4G processor.
Last year, Huawei’s market share stood at around 10% and is expected to approach 20% this year. Other Chinese brands hold around 3–5% market share in the foldable smartphone sector. If they can extend their foldable devices into global channels, their sales volumes are expected to rise even further.
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Samsung Teams Up with Tech Titans for Arm’s IPO Amid Valuation Shuffle
A new report reveals that Samsung will participate as an anchor investor for Arm’s upcoming IPO after taking a conservative approach to the matter due to a perceived overvaluation and regulatory risk.
Samsung opted to make an investment in the chip designer, joining a slew of other industry players including Apple, Nvidia and Intel. Amazon, which was earlier rumored to be participating in the IPO, decided to step out.
It’s worth mentioning that the strategic investors have agreed to invest between $25 million and $100 million each. The specific amount for each company hasn’t been disclosed yet.
This means the offering price will come in between $47 and $51 per share. It makes Arm’s valuation between $50 billion and $55 billion, down from the initial estimation of $64 billion.
Arm’s IPO on Nasdaq, which is expected in September, is considered to be the biggest IPO deal of the year. The company controls a majority of the world’s application processor market, designing and licensing basic blueprints for chips.
Samsung vs Apple: The Epic Battle for Smartphone Supremacy in 2023
Market research firm TrendForce published the latest report on their analysis. The agency disclosed that after global smartphone production dropped by nearly 20% year-on-year in the first quarter, production continued to decline by about 6.6% in the second quarter, to 270 million units.
In particular, the global smartphone production in the first half of 2023 was 520 million units, a 13.3% decline compared to the same period last year. Both individual quarters and the first half of the year in total set a ten-year low.
TrendForce analysts pointed out that there are three reasons for the sluggish production performance:
- First, the lifting of epidemic prevention restrictions did not drive demand as expected;
- Secondly, the demographic dividend effect of the emerging Indian market has not effectively exerted its advantages;
- Thirdly, in 2022, brands will be deeply affected by excessive channel inventory. It was originally expected that as inventory is reduced, brands will return to production levels.
However, now affected by economic weakness, people’s consumption willingness is more conservative, resulting in poor production performance in the first half of the year. expected.
Second Quarter Market
In the second quarter, Samsung still topped the list, with Q2 output reaching 53.9 million units, a decrease of 12.4% from the previous quarter. The same period coincided with the replacement of old and new Apple models, with output of 42 million units, a decrease of 21.2% from the previous quarter.
Adding to this, the most obvious change in the smartphone market was Transsion (including TECNO, Infinix, and itel). Transsion surpassed vivo and entered fifth place in the world for the first time. Its output increased by more than 70% month-on-month to 25.1 million units.
In addition to Samsung and Apple, Xiaomi (including Xiaomi, Redmi, and POCO) produced approximately 35 million units in the second quarter, an increase of 32.1% from the previous quarter.
OPPO (realme, and OnePlus included) produced about 33.6 million units in the second quarter, an increase of 25.4% from the previous quarter. Q3 is expected to have a growth rate of about 10-15%, closely following Xiaomi.
Samsung gears up to dominate the booming GDDR market amid global gaming surge
Samsung and SK Hynix are strengthening their foray into the GDDR (Graphic Double Data Rate (GDDR) market amid the global gaming surge. The companies appear to be preparing to lead the GDDR market while gaining technological advantage in next-generation products.
Recently, IGI (Industry Growth Insights) published its new report citing that the GDDR market will grow from $3.2 billion in 2018 to $4.8 billion in 2030 with an average annual growth rate of 7.6%. It’s predicted that high-performance GDDR like GDDR6 will record a double-digit growth rate every year.
Samsung x GDDR
In July, Samsung Electronics developed GDDR7, the industry’s most advanced product, for the first time, and supplied samples to Nvidia for verification for next-generation system installation. SK Hynix also plans to complete GDDR7 development within this year.
On the other hand, Micron plans to introduce GDDR7 in the first half of next year, a step later. In this situation, Nvidia, the world’s largest customer in the GPU market, is known to preferentially review Samsung Electronics’ products instead of Micron’s next-generation products.