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Watch out for latest mobile handset designs

Posted: 26 Apr 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mobile handset design  3G  GPS  WiMAX 

ABI Research lists the latest trends in mobile handset designs which focuses on 3G capabilities including Web surfing, social networking, multi-media, connectivity, cameras, VoIP and pico projectors. Latest data from ABI Research indicates that worldwide mobile handset shipments have reached approximately 115 crore (1.15 billion) in 2009, with enhanced phones and smart phones capturing approximately 81 per cent of all handset shipments.

According to industry analyst Celia Bo, "In recent years the major technology and application trends in handset design have focused on 3G (and beyond) capabilities including Web surfing, social networking, multi-media, connectivity, better cameras, VoIP, pico projectors and more."

3.5G Models: The 3.5G handset category is the fastest-growing segment among all the models announced by vendors. 56 per cent of handsets models in 2009 were 3.5G-ready devices, while the number of 2G and 2.5G models dropped in comparison.

GPS Handsets: GPS has secured a solid position in the automotive segment and is gaining traction in mobile phones, becoming a hot wireless connectivity application for smart phone designers and manufacturers. The penetration rate in new models reached 48 per cent in 2009 compared to 29 per cent in 2008.

Form Factors: In 2009, the bar form factor led the market, accounting for 51 per cent of announced handset models, followed by slider handsets at 27 per cent. After a long decline, clamshell handset models picked up 19 per cent market share among announced models.

Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows Mobile still has the highest adoption rate among operating systems of newly launched models, with Symbian taking second place.

Handset Chipsets: The chipset is at the heart of a handset; it integrates multiple function blocks and aligns them to different operating system platforms. While Qualcomm's Snapdragon, Texas Instruments' OMAP, Intel's Atom and Nvidia's Tegra are driving the markets for 3G and 3.5G technology, the development of 4G LTE and and WiMAX chipsets is primarily led by Altair Semiconductor, Wavesat, and Comsys Mobile, among others.

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