The global smartphone market returned to growth in the last quarter of the year, which witnessed continuous declines due to the Corona crisis and the global shutdown. According to the data, shipments in the last quarter amounted to about 386 million smartphones.
According to IDC figures, smartphone shipments in the fourth quarter increased by about 16 million phones compared to the same quarter of last year, and the sector witnessed continuous declines throughout the year. In the first quarter, shipments were 275.8 million, in the second it rose slightly to 278.4 million and in the third quarter it rose by a reasonable rate to 353.6 million, but in the fourth quarter it performed better than any previous quarter.
Looking at the manufacturers, Apple was the best performer, as it alone shipped more than 90 million iPhones during the last quarter, with a market share of more than 23%, followed by Samsung with shipments of about 74 million phones with a 19% market share, and the third came Xiaomi, followed by OPPO and fifth Huawei.
As for the performance in 2020 overall, Xiaomi was the best performer, as its shipments grew by 32%, and Huawei was the worst performer, as its shipments declined by more than 42% compared to 2019.
In terms of the number of phones shipped in 2020, Samsung achieved first place with more than 266 million phones, followed by Apple with more than 206 million iPhones and third Huawei with 189 million phones. In total, shipments of all companies reached 1292.2 million phones for the whole year.
IDC expects the smartphone sector to maintain strong growth throughout the year.