Apple takes back crown as world’s No. 1 phone maker, analyst saysFebruary 22, 2021
Samsung sold 62.1 million phones in that quarter, a decrease of 11.8% compared to 2019. It was followed by Xiaomi’s 43.4 million (a 33.9% increase) and Oppo with 34.4 million (a jump of 12.8%), according to the analyst.
Huawei suffered a major slide due to , declining 41.1% year over year to sell 34.3 million phones. The Chinese company agreed to in November and is reportedly preparing to cut its 2021 phone production .
Global phone sales declined 5.4% to 384.6 million overall, Gartner noted.
“Even as consumers remained cautious in their spending and held off on some discretionary purchases, 5G smartphones and pro-camera features encouraged some end users to purchase new smartphones or upgrade their current smartphones in the quarter,” Anshul Gupta, Gartner’s senior research director, said in a release.
Samsung remained on top for overall 2020 phone sales, with 253 million (a 14.6% decline compared to 2019), while Apple saw a 3.3% increase with 199 million, the analyst reported.