Samsung led smartphone shipments for 2021, beating out Apple

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Firms shipped 1.35 billion smartphones in 2021, a 5.7% enhance over the earlier yr, market researcher IDC stated Thursday. Nevertheless, provide chain points meant that fewer telephones have been shipped within the fourth quarter of 2021 than in the identical interval a yr earlier.

“The availability chain and element shortages began to have significant influence on the smartphone market as we entered the second half of the yr, and this continues to be the case as we have now entered 2022,” stated Ryan Reith, an IDC vice chairman of cell machine analysis worldwide.

IDC additionally stated it has seen robust curiosity in foldable telephones and 5G telephones.

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Samsung retook the highest spot for smartphone shipments in 2021, holding 20% market share globally after delivery 272 million telephones throughout the yr. Apple got here in second, at 235.7 million telephones, Xiaomi with 191 million, Oppo with 133.5 million and Vivo with 128.3 million.

Barely totally different numbers from Counterpoint Analysis, additionally launched Thursday, confirmed related outcomes: Samsung in first place with 271 million telephones shipped throughout 2021, Apple in second with 237.9 million, Xiaomi with 190 million, Oppo with 143.2 million and Vivo with 131.3 million.

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This marks the primary time the smartphone market has grown yr over yr since 2017, in accordance with Counterpoint, with Apple clocking report shipments.

“The worldwide smartphone restoration in 2021 adopted a pandemic-hit 2020 and subsequent pent-up demand,” stated Harmeet Singh Walia, Counterpoint senior analyst, including that demand was pushed by Apple’s first 5G cellphone, the iPhone 12. “The market restoration might have been even higher if not for the element shortages.”

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