Samsung Electronics has teamed up with Baidu to produce its new cloud-to-edge artificial intelligence (AI) chip, Kunlun, with mass production slated for early next year.
According to local news on December 13, Samsung will increase its investment in its Chinese chip plant by $8 billion as the second stage of the second phase of the project.
Samsung is facing an uphill battle in the Chinese smartphone sector and planning to downsize its Chinese offices to combat the increasingly intense competition.
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi announced along with Samsung on Aug. 7 that its sub-brand Redmi will feature a 64MP rear camera, the first of its kind globally. The company is also working on a 108MP camera technology.
Smartphone shipments in India saw a three percent annual increase to 35.6 million units in the second quarter of 2019, according to a recent research report from Strategy Analytics. Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi remains the leader, with Samsung closing in and regaining foothold in the region.
Most smartphone giants have already settled on a yearly upgrade cycle, and industry spectators have a good estimation of the innovative smartphones that will be coming out in 2019.
Toutiao, China’s leading news and information content platform, recently released a white paper on online public opinion and user reputation of mobile phone brands in the Chinese market in the first half of 2018.
In 2013, it was common to see people upgrade to a new iPhone or Samsung every year. In 2018, the cost of a new premium smartphone has doubled to around US $1,000. I find myself holding on to my phone a lot longer nowadays.
OnePlus has emerged as the fastest growing smartphone brand in the past quarter in India, leading the high-end smartphone sales for the first time in the market.
At the end of last year, Xiaomi accomplished a feat that no other smartphone manufacturer had been able to do in the past six years in India. Xiaomi surpassed Samsung to become India’s largest smartphone brand. This was an important milestone for the Chinese manufacturer, especially considering Xiaomi started selling phones just three years ago.
Samsung has been increasingly underperforming in market share, customer attraction, and brand awareness. As Samsung releases the S9 for pre-sale earlier this week, the company is becoming more marginalized in China.
Xiaomi surpassed Samsung as the largest smartphone brand in India in January and announced a product release conference in New Delhi on February 14.
The global smartphone market was saturated in 2017. China’s handset market plunged more than 10 percent and many Chinese mobile phone manufacturers, including Huawei and Xiaomi, are preparing to excavate the gold from the US market.
Well-known market research firm IDC released its Q4 2017 global handset shipments report on February 1.
Data from Canalys showed that China’s smartphone market has stagnated and smartphone shipments fell for the first time in 2017.