China-based Huawei took the second-place spot from Apple in a tightening world smartphone in the course of the second quarter of this 12 months, in keeping with figures launched Tuesday by Worldwide Knowledge Company.
South Korean shopper electronics titan Samsung remained the highest smartphone maker, transport 71.5 million handsets, however Huawei moved into the second place with shipments of 54.2 million, in keeping with IDC Worldwide Quarterly Cellular Telephone Tracker.
Silicon Valley-based Apple shipped 41.three million iPhones, claiming 12.1 per cent of the worldwide market in comparison with 20.9 per cent for Samsung and 15.eight per cent for Huawei.
It was the primary time since early 2010 that Apple wasn’t in one of many prime two spots within the smartphone market, in keeping with IDC.“The continued development of Huawei is spectacular, to say the least, as is its means to maneuver into markets the place, till not too long ago, the model was largely unknown,” stated Ryan Reith, program vp with IDC’s Worldwide Cellular System Trackers.
The iPhone did properly, with the top-of-the-line iPhone X mannequin an enormous vendor in lots of markets, in keeping with IDC. Apple was anticipated to wrest again management of the market with the discharge of latest iPhone fashions within the fall.
Apple, Huawei and Samsung have been the primary contenders when it got here to competitors for high-end smartphones priced at $700 or extra, in keeping with Reith.
Preliminary findings by IDC indicated a complete of 342 million smartphones have been shipped in the course of the second quarter in a 1.eight per cent decline from the identical interval a 12 months earlier.
The drop marked the third consecutive quarter of year-over-year declines within the world smartphone shipments, in keeping with IDC.
Market saturation and climbing common promoting costs have been amongst elements curbing development within the smartphone market, stated Worldwide Quarterly Cellular Telephone Tracker analysis supervisor Anthony Scarsella.
“Shoppers stay prepared to pay extra for premium choices in quite a few markets and so they now count on their gadget to outlast and outperform earlier generations of that gadget which value significantly much less just a few years in the past,” Scarsella stated.