Report: Global smartphone shipments in 2020 were down 8.8% compared to 2019

Michail, 13 January 2021

With 2020 behind our backs, Digitimes Research compiled a report on global smartphone shipments for the past year and according to that, the market dropped by about 8.8% with a total of 1.24 billion units shipped. Given the ongoing pandemic, demand and supply of smartphones naturally decreased last year with the largest dip felt in Q1 when shipments were down by 20% on a yearly basis.

Report: Global smartphone shipments in 2020 were down 8.8% compared to 2019

Samsung, Apple and Huawei were the three leading smartphone manufacturers in 2020 followed by Xiaomi, Oppo and vivo. Apple and Xiaomi were the only two companies that saw an increase in shipments of over 10% compared to the prior year while Samsung and Huawei faced double-digit drops. The only bright spot in the past year was 5G adoption rates with an estimated 280-300 million 5G devices shipped for the year compared to the roughly 20 million units from 2019.

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Because pretty much everyone is poor.

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well most likely the problem is in the buyers. who's going to buy when People is still affected by the corona virus no work no consumers especially due to many releases of new phones some people are already good in their own phone and not upgrad...

Lol please. If you really believe that, why Android is still THE preferred choice for pretty much everyone? 🙄

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