Key Topics:5G, XR (VR/AR), PCs, Smartphones, PC Gaming, Cloud Gaming, Metaverse
Location:San Diego, US
Anshel Sag is Principal Analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy where he covers 5G, XR, PCs, Smartphones, Wearables, and Gaming. He has been an analyst at the firm for over 7 years.
How did you get to become an expert in your key topics?
I started covering PCs and smartphones as a journalist and before that I worked within the industry at an electronic prototype design firm as a high-school intern and as a gaming PC hardware manufacturer in my spare time from home. I eventually co-founded my own technology news and reviews website which I eventually became Editor-in-Chief after 5 years and transitioned to being an analyst, which I have done for the last 7+ years.
What sub-topics are you most passionate about?
I am extremely passionate about smartphone photography, wearables ability to improve our health, how VR can help us with fitness and how the Metaverse can help bring us closer together with friends who live far away.
Who influences you on these topics?
I’m most heavily influenced directly by the companies I cover as an analyst, many of whom are my clients.
What challenges are brands facing in this space?
I think it really depends on the space we’re talking about. When it comes to 5G, the biggest challenge is operators and OEMs meeting the expectations of consumers and enterprises. While when it comes to XR it is somewhat similar in that spatial computing needs to prove its value to consumers and enterprises, at this point the enterprise ROI appears much more evident today than it does on the consumer side outside of Meta’s platform. As far as the smartphone space goes, differentiation is one of the biggest challenges when everyone is using the same form factors and that’s why we’re seeing so many companies pursue foldables as a way to differentiate, but if everyone differentiates the same way it doesn’t really change the status quo that much.
What do you think the future holds in this space?
Since we’re not really talking about once space, I think 5G will have a very long tail and it will be very murky where 5G ends and 6G starts and there will be a lot of overlap of technologies. Much like 4G, I believe that 5G won’t deliver on everything everyone expected from the technology but some of the developments will materialize in 6G. When it comes to XR, I also believe that the tail is very long, especially for AR as the optical challenges are far greater than they are with VR and there is much less room for error and technological tricks and wizardry.
What brands are leading the way in this space?
Qualcomm, Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, Intel, Marvell, 5GAmericas, AWS, Azure, Ookla, T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon for 5G.
For XR, Meta, Qualcomm, Lenovo, HTC Vive, Unity, AWE, Varjo, Magic Leap, Sony, Niantic, Campfire.
If a brand wanted to work with you, which activities would you be most interested in collaborating on?
Podcasts, Whitepapers, Video Interviews, Moderated Panels.
What are your passions outside of work?
Cooking, Travel, and Photography and I’m starting to get into drone videography
What would be the best way for a brand to contact you?
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