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China smartphone market declines 11% in 2020 with 330 million units shipment: Canalys

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On January 29, Canalys released a research report on China smartphone market for the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2020. According to the report, China’s smartphone market closed with 84 million unit shipments in Q4 of 2020 with a decline of 4% year-on-year (YoY).

Talking about a whole year, 330 million units were shipped, which has a decline of 11%. The main reason behind the loss of the market is the pandemic and the US sanctions on Huawei by which the performance was rapidly declined as well as the overall market recovery was stalled.

However, Huawei leads the ranking list with 18.8 million shipments with a decline of 41% from 22% in Q4 of 2020. Oppo secures second place, shipping 17.2 million with growing 23% YoY. Vivo also showed strong year-on-year growth at 20% and came in third at 15.7 million units.

Apple also reported its best performance in China in recent years, shipping more than 15.3 million units in Q4, with an 18% market share, up from 15% in Q4 2019. Xiaomi completed the top five, shipping 12.2 million units, growing 52% year-on-year.

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“It is possibly Huawei’s toughest time as it is restrained to even serve its home market,” says Canalys VP of Mobility Nicole Peng. 

Moreover, Huawei’s sell-in shipments shrunk by nearly half sequentially, despite the huge demand for Huawei devices, as the vendor is unable to fulfill this demand in the foreseeable future.

Other smartphone brands including Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi trying to grab this opportunity by fighting to win over Huawei’s offline channel partners across the country, including small rural ones, backed by huge investments in store expansion and marketing support.

These commitments brought immediate results, and market share improved within mere months. 2021 will be clearly a year of aggressive expansion for Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi.

“Honor is also a player we shouldn’t ignore in China in 2021, as the vendor has inherited most of Huawei’s strengths and aims to win over Huawei’s loyal customers,” Peng

(Source- Canalys)

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Most of Deng Li's smartphones are from the Huawei ecosystem and his first Huawei phone was Ascend Mate 2 (4G). As a tech enthusiast, he keeps exploring new technologies and inspects them closely. Apart from the technology world, he takes care of his garden.

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HarmonyOS Connect evolves over 60 million new devices in 2021

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October 22md witness the HarmonyOS Connect Partner Summit with various announcements of new releases, and devices under HarmonyOS Connect ecology. Since the announcement of this brand, it gave new achievements and shown significant growth.

At present, over 1,800 hardware ecosystem partners have joined this Huawei platform. Furthermore, the product categories have achieved 4,000 counts in terms of the official certificates. On top of this, in 2021 HarmonyOS Connect has more than 60 million new devices.

The new products are applicable in various industries that include smart home, sports and health, smart travel, audio-visual entertainment, education, office, and others. The company’s industry partners have made equal contributions to this new device lineup.

HarmonyOS Connect: Fully Upgraded Platform

Speaking of a basic level, the HarmonyOS Connect certified devices are showing notably improved performance. The previous methods have been revised and introduced two new methods called- “rely on one” and “scan and sweep”. In this line, the Widgets have been elevated with a new service center and multi-device entrance.

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For instance, smart door locks can achieve real-time visual interaction with the Widgets. In this manner, not only the fingerprint recognization has been improved but various services including one-click interconnection also get new functionalities.

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Furthermore, the certified products have the advantages of the HarmonyOS SuperDevice feature. It allows other devices to join and delivers a multidevice smart experience in various scenarios.

If we take health or exercise as an example, we can have better results through multi-device connections including a smartphone, a smart accessory, and a smart scale. Besides, the vertical applications including basic, enhanced, and application service packs have provided new applications.

At present, the hardware packages synchronize with 11 mainstream chips integrated with 11 modules and, 20 other modules. Furthmore, technology certification capability has been upgraded, from a monthly certification of 100 SPU to 400 SPU to help the manufactures quickly link the devices with HarmonyOS Connect Platform.

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Huawei’s conjoined energy-saving catalyst project won Sustainable Development Impact Award

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On October 22nd, Huawei’s conjoined smart energy-saving catalyst project won Sustainable Development Impact Award. The 2021 Global Telecommunications Management Forum (TM Forum) acknowledged the project. Network firms including China Telecom, China Unicom, and China Mobile equally participate in this project.

This energy-saving catalyst project was collaboratively built by Huawei has been appreciated by global communication service providers (CSP) and their technology partners. Besides, the TM Forum focuses on developing and verifying innovative concepts.

On the other hand, this project promotes the telecommunications industry and contributes to the digital transformation of the industry. Thus, the jury team congratulates the winning team for their great accomplishments for the Smart IDC smart energy-saving catalyst project.

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Smart IDC Smart Energy-Saving Catalyst Project:

The project implements innovative technologies in the fields of  AI, big data, and digital twins. Furthermore, it showcases the feasible schemes for efficient use of water resources and conducted trials with multiple operators. This project has also undergone the comparison phases and cross it with flying colors.

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Besides, the global dual carbon has made “Green” a necessary standard. Thereby, the project team has conducted an in-depth discussion on AI and related technology to ensure a comprehensive user experience.

At the same time, the company has successfully achieved the integration of cloud, edge, and end with the mainstream data centers. Additionally, the different cooling approaches include air cooling, water cooling, and indirect evaporative cooling has been adopted in the data centers.

Smart IDC Data Centers:

After implementing the technology from the Smart IDC Smart Energy-Saving Catalyst project, Huawei data centers have 10-15% less electricity consumption. The operating load rate for the 1000 cabinet center with 5000W power is 40%. Meanwhile, the electricity costs have been reduced by 1.7 million Yuan.

Furthermore, the TM Forum catalyst project accelerates the promotion and development of the telecommunications industry. Huawei determines to further take this work to enhance the capabilities of global as well as native network operators.

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Huawei BladeAAU Pro positioning in STC network web of Saudi Arabia

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Huawei has completed the first batch deployment of BladeAAU Pro solutions for Saudi Telecom Company (STC) in Saudi Arabia. Now, STC’s network web will support Sub3G full-band passive antennas integrated into a single pole.

This implementation of BladeAAU Pro solutions has increased the network performance in all aspects. In addition, the STC’s minimalist network strategy gains strong backup support to deliver an enhanced user experience in the country.

Huawei BladeAAU Pro: Large-scale Deployment, Saudi Arabia

In 2020, the number of 5G users has shown explosive growth in the Saudi STC network web. Thereby the network requirements satisfy the demands of huge numbers of 5G users becomes higher. Thus, the company needs an immediate and large-scale deployment of Massive MIMO.

This is how Huawei BladeAAU Pro solutions take charge in Saudi Arabia providing a full-band passive antenna network. It helps the current networks in achieving a single-pole Sub3G Massive MIMO support.

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Related: Huawei BladeAAU Solutions wins Informa best RAN Evolution Project Award

The BladeAAU Pro has innovative antenna solutions that use a modular design to combine 5G active modules and passive antennas. Furthmore, the passive module combines different band antennas in one unit. Additionally, a single tool is enough to maintain its flexible design.

The solutions have benefits including minimal site deployment, lower pre-construction charges, and increased performance. Moreover, the uniformed network quality has been realized in every corner of the web.

Besides, both parties plan to continue to work with each other. Under win-win and open cooperation both determine to verify the latest 5G technology and implement them on large scale for commercial applications.

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However, this is not the only Massive MIMO Solution of the company but it has its own benefits. This solution also won the Best Mobile Network Infrastructure awards at the 2021 Global Mobile event in July this year.

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