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Samsung Beats Apple and Xiaomi to Top European Smartphone Market

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The South Korean tech has once again proved its almightyness in the European regions of the smartphone market. According to recent reports from Counterpoint Research that were released on September 26th, Samsung tops the chart for the global smartphone market share in the regions of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa for the sales of its Galaxy devices in the second quarter of 2023. The market share revealed by the research is:

  1. Samsung: 33%
  2. Apple: 23%
  3. Xiaomi: 20%

Samsung has jumped a little with 2% higher points, compared to the second quarter share of the previous year, where it held 31%. However, it is a reverse action for Apple, as it seems to have lost two points from earlier. Apart from the European market, Samsung also topped the Middle East and Africa with a smartphone market share of,

  1. Samsung: 24%
  2. TECNO: 16%
  3. Xiaomi: 9%

Comparing this with the second quarter of 2022, Samsung saw an 8% jump in market share in the areas of the Middle East and Africa. This may be owing to strong sales of not just its budget-friendly Galaxy A series but also 5G and premium models. After facing a 12% reduction in total smartphone shipments in Europe in the second quarter, Samsung reported an 8% drop in shipments year-on-year. However, Apple and Oppo had far bigger reductions of 21% and 51% in particular. Whereas Realme experienced 12% growth as a result of its strong sales in Russian smartphone sales.

Further, shipments of Apple grew over 75% for the same period last year, owing to the iPhone 14 series, which turned out to be the reason for the increase in the Middle East and Africa market from 4% in 2022’s second quarter to 6% by 2023’s second quarter. The findings of the counterpoint research also reveal that smartphone shipments in the Middle East and Africa climbed 1% year-on-year and 7% quarter-on-quarter in the second quarter, which marks the first major bounce in five quarters.


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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 Could Bring A New Camera Design

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The Korean firm ‘Samsung’ is about to launch its next-generation foldable smartphone – Galaxy Z Fold 6, which is expected to bring an updated camera design to enhance the look. 

We are not completely two months away from the Galaxy Unpacked event that is reportedly held on July 10 in Paris. Even before any official revelation regarding the specs, design, and features of Galaxy Z Fold 6,  tipsters already heated the market with leaks and rumors. Now the new report says that the Galaxy Z Fold 6 could bring a new camera design. 

A tipster on X shared an image that showcases the rear cameras of the Galaxy Z Fold 6, which is immediately apparent that this is different from any rear camera housing we have ever seen on the Galaxy Z Fold family before. This hints that this time Samsung could introduce a fresh design for the foldable’s rear camera this year. 

The image has a Samsung Galaxy AI watermark which points out that it might be made changes, however, it’s best to wait for more confirmation before trusting this particular design detail since the brand has yet to reveal any official details. 

Recently, the list of Galaxy devices, including, Galaxy Z Fold 6, Galaxy Z Flip 6, Galaxy Watch 7, Galaxy Watch 7 Ultra, and Galaxy Ring has already been leaked which arrived at the next Galaxy Unpacked event which is supposed to be held in July 2024.

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US Galaxy Z Fold 6 Leaks on Geekbench, Hints at Snapdragon 8 Gen 3

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Samsung appears close to introducing its sixth-generation foldable phones, the Galaxy Z Flip 6 and Galaxy Z Fold 6, in July at the Galaxy Unpacked Event. Now the Galaxy Z Fold 6 is spotted on the Geekbench database. Let’s take a closer look at the detailed information. 

Although the Galaxy Z Flip 6 is already spotted on the Geekbench database, Now, luckily, in development, its sibling’s forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 smartphone appeared on the Geekbench 6.3.0 benchmark database with the model number SM-F956U. 

The last letter ‘U’ in the model number points to the fact that this mode refers to a variant for the US market. It scored 1,964 points in the single-core round of the test and 6,619 points in the multi-core round. The listing reveals the existence of an octa-core processor with the codename pineapple, a 1+3+2+2 core configuration, and an Adreno 750 GPU. Apart from these, one chief core is clocked at 3.40 GHz, and the remaining three performance cores are at 3.15 GHz. 

This points out that Samsung could power the forthcoming Galaxy foldable with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3processor. The Geekbench database suggests that the Galaxy Z Fold 6 will arrive with 12GB of RAM and Android 14. However, the Galaxy Z Fold 6 already appeared on the 3C certification website, which suggested support for 25W fast charging, and now it is expected that this device will also visit other certification websites soon. 

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Unlocked Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 getting May 2024 Security update in the US

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Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 devices are counted as the top smartphones that grabbed the One UI 6.1 update in the first phase. Then,  the company introduced more software updates in the form of the April 2024 security patch and is continuing it now that these devices are getting the latest May 2024 security patch as well.

The unlocked Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 are getting a May 2024 security patch

The unlocked variants of the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 are getting a May 2024 security patch update with the firmware version numbers F946U1UES3CXE3 and F731U1UES3CXE3, respectively. The latest software update for both of the devices comes under 500 MB. With the latest update, the company has only focused on providing some security enhancements.

For your information, the May 2024 security patch has brought some new changes under the system software, where it has grabbed more than 50 fixes. Google has introduced 31 patches to enhance the overall performance of the devices, while Samsung has also added 25 fixes that will improve the functionalities regarding the Galaxy devices.

Moreover, the latest update for the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 may also bring some new features that may enhance the overall performance and stability of the devices. So if you are having any issues while using the devices related to One UI 6.1, then the update may help you get rid of the issues.

If you are using the Galaxy Z Fold 5 or Galaxy Z Flip 5 in the US, then you should start getting a new update notification, and by tapping on that, you can easily update your device. Alternatively, you can do it manually as well by going to the software update menu in the system settings.

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