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Worldwide smartphone sales grew 26% in Q2

Christian Fernsby |
Global smartphone sales to end users grew 26% in the first quarter of 2021, according to Gartner, Inc.

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Overall worldwide mobile phone sales to end users grew 22% year over year.

The top three global smartphone vendors maintained their respective positions in the first quarter of 2021. The launch of mid-priced smartphones, such as phones priced under $150, boosted Samsung’s unit sales globally. The early shipping of its flagship 5G smartphones added to the company’s smartphone sales growth.

Apple moved back into the second position in the first quarter of 2021, after securing the No.1 spot in the fourth quarter of 2020. The launch of its first ever 5G iPhone led to continued demand in 2021.

All of the top five global smartphone vendors registered strong year over year growth over 2020 indicating that the phone market is consolidating around the top five vendors. Chinese smartphone vendors Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo witnessed growing demand for 5G smartphones and capitalized on the opportunities due to weakening sales of Huawei and LG globally in this quarter.


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