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Smartphone shipments dropped for Apple and Samsung, but Huawei saw 50.3% growth

By Cookie Monster - on 2 May 2019, 5:00am

Smartphone shipments dropped for Apple and Samsung, but Huawei saw 50.3% growth

The Huawei P30 Pro.

While the global smartphone market sees its 6th consecutive quarter of decline in shipment volume, Huawei defied the odds by growing volume and share.

According to the preliminary data from IDC, smartphone vendors shipped a total of 310.8 million units in Q1 2019 which translates to a 6.6% drop year over year. Huawei is closing the gap with market leader Samsung; the former has an impressive year-over-year growth of 50.3% with 59.1 million units shipped. Samsung shipped 71.9 million units, but volumes dropped 8.1% over the same period a year ago. 

Apple saw its shipments dropped to 36.4 million units, which represents a significant 30.2% decline from last year. Despite price cuts in China and favorable trade-in deals in many markets, IDC states that the iPhone could not win over consumers in most major markets. However, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared during the earnings call that the company's performance in China is improving.

Xiaomi managed to ship 25 million units, which is a drop of 10.2% year over year. Even though it expanded into Europe and other regions, Asia Pacific region remains its most important region alongside China, India and Indonesia as they account for the bulk of the shipments. 

Vivo and Oppo tied for the 5th position in terms of market share. Vivo shipped 23.2 million phones with the Indian market being its most important market outside of China. It is also the only other vendor besides Huawei that was able to grow shipments in Q1 2019. Oppo shipped 23.1 million units and the main drivers are its lower-end models such as the A series.

Source: IDC

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