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geeteam posted a topic in Mobile NewsWe reported on rumors of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite a little while back. To refresh your memory, the Galaxy Note 3 Lite is Samsung's planned lower-end version of its popular Note smartphone. There were also talks of it being leaked in four different variants earlier in the year. Well it seems that the rumors are still alive and it is quite possible that a Note 3 Lite may be released by the end of the first quarter, 2014. Rumors say that the Note 3 Lite should make use of an LCD of either 5.5 or 5.7 inches. Apparently, the Korean manufacturing giant is testing both sizes. Since it is a "lite" version of the phone, it would be safe to assume that they will go with the smaller screen. The source of the new rumor is SamMobile's twitter: SM-N7505 - Samsung GALAXY Note 3 Lite LTE - Green - 2014 W12 — SamMobile (@SamMobiles) December 27, 2013 The tweet also tells us the model name for the LTE version of the smartphone - N7505. It's a safe bet that the non-LTE version will be labeled N7500. The Note 3 model names are N9005 for the LTE version and N9005 for the 3G version. Specs-wise there isn't much news, but it is thought that the "lite" moniker will replace the "mini" series of phones, as there are rumors of a Samsung Galaxy Grand Lite in the works as well. Like Samsung's mini models, expect a downgrade in tech specs compared to their big brother variants. Source
geeteam posted a topic in Mobile NewsThe Global smartphone shipments hit 266.9 million units in the first quarter of 2014, according to a report from market researcher TrendForce. The three month period, starting from January to March, saw a rise of 1.13% compared to the same period of the previous year. The research firm is predicting the smartphone shipments to climb another 6.7% to reach 284.5 million units globally in the current quarter, which runs from April to June.Samsung, the global market leader managed to claim the first spot with a 30% market share of global smartphone shipments. According to TrendForce, most of the units shipped by Samsung were low to mid-range smartphones in the first quarter. Apple has seen a noticeable decline in its worldwide market share but has managed to retain the second spot. However, the Cupertino's upcoming iPhones is expected to help the company gain momentum in the second half of 2014. Chinese smartphone vendors - Huawei, Lenovo and Xiaomi have raised their game and have performed better than the analysts have initially predicted. All three firms have experienced growth of more than 20% in the first quarter this year. Source