Samsung led smartphone shipments for 2021, beating out Apple, analysis says


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Round 1.35 billion smartphones have been shipped in 2021, in keeping with IDC’s quarterly cell phone tracker. Total, fewer smartphones have been shipped within the last quarter of 2021 in comparison with This fall 2020 however total, extra have been shipped final 12 months than in 2020, IDC mentioned Thursday.

“The availability chain and element shortages began to have significant affect on the smartphone market as we entered the second half of the 12 months, and this continues to be the case as we have now entered 2022,” mentioned Ryan Reith, IDC’s group VP of Worldwide Cellular Machine Trackers.

IDC mentioned 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 in the course of the 12 months. 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 comparable 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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It is the primary time the smartphone market has grown yearly since 2017, in keeping with Counterpoint, with Apple clocking report shipments.

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