The COVID-19 pandemic has taken the global smartphone market on a sudden decline in 2020, however, with the fourth quarter of the year this has changed a lot, and now as per the latest data released by several market research firm including Counterpoint, and Canalys, the global smartphone market is again healing back.
As reported by the Counterpoint research, the global smartphone market in the Q4, 2020 has recorded a rebound with 8% QoQ growth to 395.9 million units. While as per Canalys, the shipment has reached 359.6 million units with a 2% year on year decline.
Though the stats are not the same for both the research organizations, but the overall market has encountered a tremendous amount of growth compared to the other three quarters of the same year. As the result of the global smartphone shipment of Q4, 2020, Apple has contributed highest among all the phone makers.
Even though Apple was late for releasing the iPhone 12 last year, the lineup is proving to be a hit for the US tech giant and the release of the series has contributed a lot to the growth. As per the data from both the research firms, Apple has managed to ship around 81 million iPhones in the quarter with a market share of approximately 23%.
Samsung saw a decline in its smartphone shipment in the quarter and slipped to the second position after Apple. The Korean tech giant has managed to ship around 62 million units in the fourth quarter of 2020. further, Samsung has recently released its Galaxy S21 lineup and it will be worth seeing if the Korean tech giant will recover its first position or not.
The other three spots were packed by the Chinese phone makers with Xiaomi in third place, the company reserved approx 12% market share in the quarter with total shipment reaching around 43 million. While the other two Chinese manufacturers, Oppo and Vivo secured fourth and fifth positions respectively.
The other Chinese tech giant Huawei has lost it this time, the company is not even in the top five in the smartphone shipment results. The phone maker has been ranked at sixth position with a tremendous amount of decline. It only managed to ship around 32 million smartphones in Q4, 2020.