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Foxconn – A Light At The End of The Chip Crisis

Foxconn, the biggest assembler of iPhones, forecasts an easing of the global electronic components shortages this year.

This is welcome news to both electronics and car manufacturers who have seen demand outstrip supply last year due to component shortages. Termed the “chip crisis”, smartphone manufacturers have been adversely affected and with so many new launches on the horizon, chip supply remains a critical supply chain deliverable.

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Oppo Find N – Expanding Its Foldable Footprint

Oppo launched its very first foldable smartphone in Shenzhen, China in December last year – the Oppo Find N. This marks the beginning of the foldable strategy for Oppo as it positions itself to become a competitive force in this growing sector of the smartphone market.

“New form factors are ushering in an exciting new time in smartphone technology. OPPO has invested a significant amount of time and effort into coming up with a better approach to a foldable smartphone, experimenting with a range of form factors, hinge designs, display materials and aspect ratios, to create a new device that meets the needs of more users. With the OPPO Find N, we aim to change people’s perceptions about what a smartphone can offer and begin making foldable devices more accessible to an even larger audience.”

Pete Lau, Chief Product Officer of OPPO

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Just launched Nokia 105 – An African Special Edition

Nokia 105 is the top selling feature phone globally. With this distinctive pedigree, Nokia has range extended this feature phone and introduced a special Nokia 105 African Edition (AE).

Nokia’s new launch leverages the brand’s reputation for durability and caters for unique African requirements.

This feature phone has a 1,77-inch QVGA screen with 10 popular games pre-installed, including the epic Snake game. The phone also comes with FM wireless radio that functions with and without the headset.

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Launch Of Nokia T20 Tablet in SA – A Great All-Rounder

Nokia has just launched its latest table T20, an entry-level to mid-level tablet. It’s affordable pricing is particularly attractive and highlights Nokia’s brand positioning of delivering quality affordable devices to the mass market.

Google lists the Nokia T20 Tablet as an Android Enterprise Recommended Device due to it meeting the minimum hardware and software criteria.

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Samsung Achieves Record Growth in 2021

Samsung Electronics surged through to achieve a record high for sales in both the fourth quarter of 2021 and for the full 2021 year. Samsung’s revenue for the fourth quarter was 13,87 trillion Korean Won (KRW) (~$11,5 billion) with revenue for the full year at 279,6 trillion KRW (~$232,4 billion), a 24% y/y growth.

Samsung states that the main driver behind the record fourth quarter revenue growth was the finished product businesses, with increases in sales of premium smartphones, foldable phones, TVs and home appliances.

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New HUAWEI Nova Y9a Just Launched In SA

HUAWEI has just unveiled its newest smartphone in South Africa. The stylish Huawei Nova Y9a is packed with fantastic new features at an affordable price, ensuring its appeal within the youth-focused smartphone device sector. It packs a quad-camera setup with a 64MP main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide angle camera, a 2MP depth camera and a 2MP macro camera.

With AI technology, these four cameras work in tandem to assess the scene, creating professional looking photographs with a 34% higher resolution and excellent colour reproduction capabilities. Photographs can be printed in large format up to 3,2m x 2,4m in perfect resolution.

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Component Shortages & Smartphone Growth

Fourth quarter 2021 global shipping numbers of smartphones illustrate how recovery after the global Covid-19 crisis in 2020 was tempered by the chip crisis.

Shipments in the fourth quarter of 2021 were 365 million units versus 396 in 2020, driven by component shortages. Strategy Analytics Linda Sui stated “Factory constraints and component shortages continued to restrict smartphone supply in the final quarter of last year. Full-year smartphone shipments rose +5% year on year to 1,36 billion units in 2021, recovering from a sharp Covid-led decline of -8% year on year during 2020”.

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Galaxy Unpacked – Breaking the rules of what’s possible

The mega event of 2022 is almost here, and after so many leaks and abundant speculation, all will be revealed about the new Samsung Galaxy S22 range, on 9th February at the Galaxy Unpacked event. Samsung have launched a teaser video online which is headlined “Ready to break the rules”. Samsung’s comment to this teaser video is “Ready to break the rules of what’s possible? The new epic standard of smartphones is almost here, experience it soon.”

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Oppo & OnePlus Merger – Leveraging Technology

Oppo & OnePlus have always had a close association, however the merger of OnePlus into Oppo in late 2021 sealed the deal on this relationship. Oppo and OnePlus fall into the Chinese multinational BBK Electronics stable, along with other brands including Vivo and Realme. Both brands will continue to go forward under their unique names, however it is expected that OnePlus will increasingly integrate Oppo technology.

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5G Set To Revolutionize Our Digital Lifestyle in 2022

The experts agree, 2022 is the year that 5G technology will advance at a faster rate than ever before, bringing revolutionary technology in its wake and becoming a key influencer in our everyday lives.

Qualcomm’s Enrico Salvatori, predicts that 5G will be an exciting year for consumers where their experiences will be enhanced by 5G developments in both handsets and networks. He expects that 5G will become even more widespread in 2022 where in addition to commercial networks, operators will launch 5G stand-alone networks, leading to far higher speeds and quality of service.

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