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Development of the Global Smartphone Industry and Its Trends in Artificial Intelligence, 1H 2018 and Beyond

Development of the Global Smartphone Industry and Its Trends in Artificial Intelligence, 1H 2018 and Beyond

The global smartphone market growth in 2018 is expected to be similar to that in 2017. Meanwhile, the long-awaited 5G smartphones will hit the market in 2019 but the widespread adoption of 5G commercial networks will have to wait until 2020-2021; significant replacement demand for 5G smartphones is projected to surface in 2020. The smartphone subscriber growth in US and European markets remains stagnant, and India, the Middle East, and Africa now the major growth drivers instead; due to India's customs tariff for imports, Taiwanese OEM/ODM makers and smartphone brands like Samsung and Oppo have thus increased their investments in India for India-made smartphones. This report provides an overview of the development of the worldwide smartphone industry and major smartphone brands, including Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, and vivo, and examines the latest development trends of AI-powered smartphones as well as its application development trends.


  • Development of the Smartphone Industry
    • Nearly 60% of the Global Mobile Population are Smartphone Users
    • Emerging Markets Still Have Huge Growth Potential
    • Global Smartphone Market Growth in 2018 Almost the Same as in 2017
    • Xiaomi is Expected to Surpass Oppo and Vivo and Rank Fourth
    • Three Innovative Arrows Aim to Trigger the Replacement Demand
  • Development of Major Smartphone Brands
    • Samsung: Product Line Levels and Release Times are Strategically Planned
    • Huawei: Cultivation of Core Technology with Breakthroughs in Camera and GPU Design
    • Xiaomi: Continuing its High Cost-Performance Strategy; Working Closely with Qualcomm
    • Oppo: Replacing Fingerprint with Facial Recognition; Returning of the "Find" Flagship Series
    • Vivo: Innovative Specifications Adopted; Creating the NEX Flagship Series
  • Development of AI-powered Smartphones
    • The Advantages of AI in Smartphones
    • Smartphone AI Computing Workflow
    • AI Ecosystem for Smartphones
    • Over 50% of Smartphones Embedded with AI Processors by 2019
    • Comparison of the AI Operations of Various Types of Processors
    • An Overview of Smartphones with an AI Processor
    • Specifications of Smartphones with an AI Processor
      • Table Specifications of Smartphones with an AI Processor
    • Smartphone Brands' Development Trends in AI
  • AI Smartphone Application Development Trends
    • Smartphone AI Applications
    • AI Image and Related Applications
    • AI Voice and Related Applications
    • AI Sensor and Related Applications
    • The Direction of Future Smartphone AI Development
  • Conclusion

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