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Our handsets & devices coverage looks at new form-factors and concepts. It includes the most future-looking ICs, features, and functionalities as well as innovation across both hardware and software technologies targeting not only device consumers but also enterprise customers. Special focus is given to technology innovation including computing, connectivity, and sensor platforms as well as device-level artificial intelligence and deep learning.

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Mobile Accessories

This Market Data product provides critical data on global shipments and revenues of key mobile handset accessory segments from 2010 to 2022. Key segments covered in this product are: Chargers, Batteries, Headsets, Memore Cards, Speakers, and more. Smart accessories such as 360 Cameras, VR Mobile Devices, Battery Cases, Smartphone Projectors are also included. The Charger segment is further split out into Car Charger, Wall Charger, Travel Charger, Solar Charger, Emergency Charger, and more. Where appropriate, segments are broken out into In-Box and Aftermarket shipments, as well as into Feature Phone, Smartphone, and Tablet, and Region. Retail ASPs are provided for aftermarket accessories.


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Executive Foresights

A Tale of Two Smartphone Manufacturers

3Q 2018

The financial analyst community has given Samsung a bit of a drubbing over its 2Q 2018 quarterly results. They certainly were not stellar. The company posted net profit of US$9.87 billion for the second quarter, a slight reduction from the US$9.88 billion reported for the same quarter last year, and down 5.5% from the previous quarter. Quarterly revenues were down 4% Year-over-Year (YoY) at US$52.29 billion. A day later, Apple reported its quarterly financial results…sales revenues increased 17% to US$53.26 billion while net profit increased 32% to US$11.51 billion YoY. Digging into the numbers continues to paint a picture of opposites. In the case of Apple, revenue from its iPhone business was up 29% YoY at US$29.9 billion, whereas Samsung’s mobile device business line generated US$22.67 billion in revenue, down 22%.


eSIM Handsets – MNO Friend or Foe?

1Q 2018

The eSIM remains a hot topic and one which original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), mobile network operators (MNOs), smart card and secure IC vendors continue to explore, prepare and strategize. Today, the handset market has begun to move, driven by Google’s recently launched Pixel 2 handsets with eSIM inclusion, raising expectations that other OEMs will follow suit. In addition, the rise of the eSIM has raised fears that it may be used as a platform for OEMs to directly compete with its current MNO customer base, using the eSIM as a platform from which to launch MVNO services.

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Mobile Innovation and Investment: Market Shapers and Those in the Slipstream

The mobile phone industry is on the cusp of an important phase of development as enhanced technologies and innovative user interfaces and experiences seek to breathe new life into the market. In this ‘post-smartphone’ era, the market is braced to provide more immersive touch-less experiences, with many new interfaces developing through artificial intelligence and gesture control. ABI Research has categorized 10 major mobile industry ecosystem companies and value creators based on comparative evaluation and benchmarking of 4 main areas, including patent trends, R&D and acquisitions. This assessment provides an insight into who is best placed to take full advantage of this future paradigm and gain a better understand of which companies are set to lead this next wave of technological transformation.

  • Why is the smartphone market set to go through a transformational change, and what will this change look like?
  • Which companies are set to lead and drive this next wave of technological transformation in the smartphone market?
  • Who is best placed to take full advantage of this future paradigm and why?
  • What are the comparative strengths and weaknesses of 10 of the world’s top value creators?
  • What else can be done to affect this change and what will the future competitive landscape in the smartphone market look like?