Samsung tops world smartphone shipments in Q1


New Delhi, April 21

Samsung defended its leading position in the global smartphone market in the first quarter of the year, shipping 77 million smartphones and capturing 23% market share (a growth of over 32% on-year), according to a new report.

Apple shipped 57 million units of iPhones worldwide, capturing second place with a 17% volume market share.


Captures 23% market share

  • Samsung defended its leading position in the global smartphone market in the first quarter by shipping 77 million smartphones, capturing 23% market share
  • Apple shipped 57 million iPhones worldwide, capturing second place with a 17% volume market share
  • Xiaomi held third place by shipping 49 million smartphones globally with 15% market share in Q1 2021

Xiaomi held third place in terms of volume of smartphones shipped for the second quarter in a row. It shipped 49 million smartphones globally and took a 15% market share in Q1 2021, up from 10% one year ago, according to latest research from Strategy Analytics.

The global smartphone shipments were 340 million units in Q1 2021, up over 24% (on-year) representing the highest growth since 2015.

The smartphone market rebound was driven by the healthy demand of consumers with ageing devices and a phenomenal 5G push from Chinese vendors.

“Globally, the top five vendors combined took a 76% market share in Q1 2021, up from 71% a year ago. Chip shortages and supply side constraints did not have a significant impact in Q1 among the top 5 brands,” said Linda Sui, senior director, Strategy Analytics. Samsung’s newly launched A series 4G and 5G phones, and the earlier launched Galaxy S21 series combined drove solid performance in the quarter. Xiaomi maintained strong momentum in both India and China, and the expansion in Europe, Latin America and Africa region also started to bear fruit. — IANS



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