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Tecno and itel double Africa market share

According to Counterpoint research, the Transsion-owned handset brands grew from 16% to 32% to dominate Africa’s lower-priced smartphone segment

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Premier smartphone brands Tecno Mobile and itel Mobile have doubled their cumulative market share in the second quarter of 2021, confirming their respective positions as the brands of choice for African consumers seeking reliable yet affordable devices.

The latest research report from Counterpoint Technology Market Research’s Market Pulse service shows the Transsion Holdings-owned brands grew from 16% to 32% in the second quarter as they continued to dominate the lower-priced segment in Africa.

In April, Counterpoint, which specialises in products in the technology, media and telecom (TMT) industry, showed that Tecno surpassed Korean giant Samsung, for handset sales in Africa in 2020, confirming its status as the number one smartphone brand on the continent.

The brand achieved this despite a 6.7% year-on-year fall in Africa’s smartphone shipments in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

For Q2 figures in the Middle East and Africa region, Counterpoint’s senior research analyst Yang Wang says that Covid-19 has helped consumers discover many practical-use cases that were not immediately obvious before the pandemic.

“Positive momentum from the end of 2020 has been maintained throughout the first half of the year, with the best Q1 and Q2 on record,” says Wang.

The success of the two Transsion brands lies in their commitment to provide African consumers with state-of-the-art technology in devices that are affordable. Both Tecno and itel offer handsets that recognise the value of smartphone and camera technology ecosystems, and the importance of marrying the two as the power of artificial intelligence (AI) in smartphones grows. 

itel recently launched its Vision1 Pro smartphone in South Africa. The phone harnesses a HD+ 6.5-inches Waterdrop Fullscreen display, and it is powered by a quad-core Unisoc CPU that supports 4G LTE network.

Coming in with a 32GB storage memory and 2GB RAM, a 6.5 inch HD + Waterdrop display, an 8MP + QVGA rear camera and 5MP front camera. It also features face unlock and a  multifunctional fingerprint sensor.

The phone retails for a recommended price of R1,699 which is far more affordable than its competitors in the same  segment of the smartphone market.  

Counterpoint predicts that the new features and innovations powered by AI are expected to play a more critical role for smartphone makers in differentiating their products

Tecno remains ahead of the game in this regard, which explains its number one status in the African market. So far in 2021, Tecno has made a notable breakthrough in the middle and high-end market segments by launching its premium device, Phantom X, which also happens to be the flagship premium model of Transsion Holdings.

Counterpoint cites the example of Tecno’s TAIVOS (Tecno AI Vision Optimisation Solution) technology – an advanced signal processing technology that interprets raw data through an AI multi-framed, portrait segmentation based on tens of millions of data points, which can filter image noise better and optimise image clarity, thereby enhancing night photography effects.

The device offers quad flashes, a 48 megapixel clear lens, 8X zooming, 2cm macro photography, AI body shaping technology, and AI scene detection.

As users get more enthusiastic about the selfie-culture, time spent capturing selfies is inevitably extended, calling for longer-lasting battery life.

Tecno’s response to this, is the device’s 5000Ah (typ) super battery for superior power supply and 64GB ROM storage space, as well as a flash charging capability – all of which ensure that users are never subjected to the woes of poor battery life.

These advancements in innovation are just the beginning as Tecno will be making some announcements in South Africa in the next few months.

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