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Smartphones are Speeding Up and Slimming Down

Fri May 6, 2011 - 5:52 PM EDT - By Annie Latham

According to a story posted at RCR Wireless News , almost half of the latest smartphones have a 1 GHz processor or faster. Their source was a new report by Strategy Analytics.

The report, which tracks key features and specs on handsets in the market, said 48% of the latest smartphone models featured a 1 GHz or higher processor and that Wi-Fi support increased to 53% in February -- the highest figure on record.

Other notables:

> The average thickness of the 50 handsets announced in February was just 13.8 mm, down from 14.1 mm in January.

> Bluetooth featured in 88% of new models, up significantly from January when only 52% of handset models announced included it

> HSUPA also hit a new high with 32% of new models supporting a high-speed data uplink.

> Of the 50 new handsets announced in February, Strategy Analytics said 14 use Google Inc.'s Android operating system, while two run on Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Phone 7 and no less than six announced by Hewlett-Packard Co. run webOS.

Here's an interesting data point...

In terms of brand popularity, Research In Motion Ltd. remains king in most markets, except Europe. The Canadian company's BlackBerry Bold 2 9700 remained the most popular handset model in Strategy Analytic's analysis, appearing on the portfolios of more network operators than any other device for the third successive quarter.

Seems like just a matter of time before they get overtaken.

See this write-up that references a Comscore market share report.


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