As the smartphone industry passes its decade long run as the most popular consumer electronics of all time, the market is beginning to see signs of maturation and slowdown. Smartphone OEMs are now competing on innovations in form factor (i.e. the move to larger and bezel-less displays), cameras (i.e. biometric sensors and computational photography) as well as Artificial Intelligence (AI) services; trading slender technological leads from one flagship launch to another. However, one area of innovation that is crucial for OEMs to keep up with is LTE radio design; especially the ever more complex RF Front End as wireless carriers continues to evolve and advance the 4G standards with features like carrier aggregation, higher order modulation and use of 4x4 MIMO (downlink) throughout their networks.
Principal Analyst, Mobile Devices & Networks
Wayne Lam is principal analyst within the wireless communications team and is responsible for research related to the market tracking, forecast and supply chain analysis of mobilized devices.