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Samsung Outpaces Apple in Q1 2024 Shipments, Grabs Smartphone Lead According to IDC

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Samsung is leading the race as Apple loses its top phone maker position since iPhone shipments shot down in the first quarter of 2024. 

The first quarter of 2024 has already passed, as per the metrics of Apple (AAPL). Smartphone shipments shot down nearly 10%; it is being speculated that intensifying competition by Android smartphone makers aiming for the top spot is causing this, according to data from research firm IDC

Global smartphone shipments rose 7.8% to 289.4 million units during the first quarter from January to March, at 20.8% market share, clinching the top phone maker spot from Apple. 

Apple’s iPhone sales started shooting down sharply after going through a tough quarter. It even overtook Samsung as the world’s number one phone maker, but unfortunately, it has fallen back to second place with 17.3% market share as Chinese brands such as Huawei gain market share. 

Xiaomi was in the third position with a 14.1% share during the first quarter. One of the key reasons behind Apple losing its first position is Samsung’s Galaxy S24 series, which launched earlier this year, and the brand has shipped more than 60 million units of the Galaxy S24 within the first quarter. 

Global sales of Galaxy S24 smartphones boosted by 8% as compared to their predecessor Galaxy S23 series in their first three weeks of availability, data provider Counterpoint previously said. As per the metrics of the first quarter, Apple shipped 50.1 million iPhones, down from the 55.4 million units it shipped in the same period last year, according to IDC. 

Whereas, Apple’s smartphone shipments in China shrank 2.1% in the final quarter of 2023 as compared to 2022. iPhone sales collapsed in China, which is Apple’s third-biggest market. This decline is partly because of restrictions placed on Apple devices by a few Chinese brands and also government agencies, mirroring the same actions the US government has taken against Chinese applications. Apple will hold its WWDC in June to introduce software updates for its devices.


Aastha is a Author of Samlover.com. With a degree in Engineering with IT, Aastha is deeply immersed in the realm of technology. Specializing in Android and Hardware. She is Passionate about technology at the service of digital entertainment that can be used through any platform. Music, movies and video games have always taken up a good part of his free time, but he doesn't give up outdoor activities, from simple walks to cycling and skiing. He has been producing editorial content for SamLover since 2022 and has run a computer and telephony store for 3 decades.

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Galaxy Z Fold 6 Camera Leak Suggests Better Than Galaxy S24

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We are only two months away from the next Galaxy Unpacked event, reportedly to be held in early July, which is supposed to introduce the Galaxy Z Fold 6 device, which is now rumored to have better cameras than the Galaxy S24. 

Samsung is setting up to launch its sixth-generation foldable phones. On the comparison side, now that Apple has started working on its debut in the foldable market by introducing the very first iPhone foldable, this hints that the competition in the foldable market will soon rise. Now, Samsung, to maintain its legacy, could attach better cameras than the Galaxy S24. 

Initially, due to a lack of competition, Samsung’s foldable phone used to have mediocre cameras, but with more foldable options available, Samsung acknowledged the need to improve camera quality to justify the price tag.

Galaxy Z Fold 6 Camera Rumors Hint at Photographer’s Dream

Previously, a reliable tipster, Ice Universe, reported that the forthcoming Galaxy Z Fold 6 would have a similar camera arrangement as its predecessor, the Galaxy Z Fold 5, which counts a 50 MP main camera, a 12 MP ultrawide camera, and a 10 MP 3x telephoto camera. On the opposite side, there is a 4 MP under-display camera and a 10 MP cover camera. 

If the new report is to be believed, a leaker on shared a post and wrote that the forthcoming Galaxy Z Fold 6 will have a better camera as compared to the Galaxy S24; however, it didn’t reveal more detailed information regarding any specifics. Since the tipster does not reveal more, it’s hard to believe this leak. 

Samsung has yet to reveal the official specs and design of the smartphone, but it will be interesting to see what new novelties and designs the forthcoming Galaxy Z Fold 6 will bring.

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Samsung Galaxy M35: Design & Battery Capacity Revealed

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The Korean firm ‘Samsung’ is looking forward to expanding the M-series, as the existence of a new gadget called the Galaxy M35 has been spotted and seems to have thick bezels around the display. 

Deep-down Samsung is working on a new affordable mid-range device, the Galaxy M35, expected to arrive as an obscurely modified version of the recently launched Galaxy A35. Already leaks and rumors have been revealed about the specifications and design of the forthcoming smartphone, and now the new leak showcases the Galaxy M33 from all angles. 

A tipster (Eva Blass) on X posted a video showcasing the Galaxy M35 from all 360-degree angles. In the post, it was revealed that the upcoming M35 device will have thick bezels around the display, a punch-hole housed on the screen for the selfie camera, and three cameras along with an LED flash at the rear. 

A boxy design appears with rounded edges, power and volume buttons housed on the right-hand side of the device, and a SIM card slot on the left. These aspects of the Galaxy M35 are hugely different than those of the Galaxy A35. However, there’s a major difference in the design of the back panel between the two devices. While the back panel of the Galaxy A-series device is made out of glass and has a glossy texture and geometric design, on the other hand, the back panel of the M-series smartphone is built of plastic and has a semi-gloss finish, plus horizontal lines appear on it. 

Apart from this, the tipster has posted two more videos revealing the upcoming Galaxy M35 smartphone in the blue and mint color options, which means the device will be available in three shade options. Per the design’s prospect, the Galaxy M35 appears more affordable than the Galaxy A35.

The tipster also claims that the Galaxy M35 will have a 6,000mAh battery, whereas the Galaxy A35 has a 5,000mAh battery. It is expected that the Galaxy M35 will be powered by an Exynos 1380 SoC, run Android 14, and have 6GB of RAM. The device is expected to feature a 6.6-inch Super AMOLED display along with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, a triple camera arrangement including a 50 MP primary camera featuring OIS, a 5 MP ultrawide camera, and a 2 MP macro camera. On the opposite side, a 13MP selfie camera could be housed. 

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[Exclusive] Galaxy Z Fold 6 to offer Gorilla Glass Armor for Anti-Reflective Displays

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Samsung has always amazed the audience with the most advanced and significant technologies infused in its entire Galaxy ecosystem. One of  the most admired and highly praised is the inclusion of the non-reflecting material used within its current flagship Galaxy S24 Ultra. This non-reflecting material is the coating of Corning Gorilla Glass Armor. Meanwhile, we just exclusively heard the brand is planning to introduce this anti-reflective Corning Gorilla Armor on the latest Galaxy Z Fold 6’s display.

It’s been more than 50 years of togetherness among Samsung and Corning, while this collaboration has taken a whole new road driven by technology by introducing their latest and most commendable Armor glass coating within the Galaxy S24 Ultra. To which it was officially claimed that the new Armor glass is tough, highly durable, and scratch-resistant and has a special anti-reflective coating, ensuring the most advanced visual experience even in a bright environment. 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold6 to feature the Corning Gorilla Armor, though:

We, the Sam Lover team, have exclusively heard that Samsung is planning to infuse the Corning Gorilla Glass Armor coating on its next-gen Galaxy foldable, the Z Fold6. This glass coating was first introduced in the Galaxy S24 Ultra model, while the Galaxy Z Fold6 will be the next one to use this special armor glass display. Owing to this, the Z Fold6 screens will have more enhanced outdoor visibility due to the anti-reflective material used in the glass, solving the problem of viewing content in bright outdoor light. 

Moreover, the Corning Gorilla Glass Armor infused in the Z Fold6 will help in reducing the reflection of light by up to 75%, further enhancing the readability, and providing no harsh reflections in a bright environment. In addition, the next generation of the Galaxy Z Fold6 will arrive with the One UI 6.1.1-based Android 14 build out of the box. This newest foldable will have several impressive features and functionalities, while the addition of the Corning Gorilla Armor glass on its display will make this foldable one of its kind. 

Furthermore, several rumors suggest that Samsung is planning to introduce an additional Ultra variant within its flagship Galaxy foldable series. However, this will add more excitement within users, as customers have only witnessed two models in the flagship foldable series, which will probably arrive with some top-notch functionalities compared to other foldable variants.

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