The latest data from Gartner claims global smartphone sales declined by 20.4% in Q2 2020 due to COVID-19, according to new data from Gartner. Samsung was the worst-affected smartphone company, registering a 27.1% decline in sales compared to the same period last year. On the other hand, Huawei’s sales grew over 27.4% in the Q2 2020.
Apple was the least affected. The sales of iPhones remained largely unchanged, with a 0.4% YoY decline. Apple sold 38 million iPhones in the second quarter of 2020.
“Apple’s iPhone sales fared better in the quarter than most smartphone vendors in the market and also grew sales quarter-over-quarter,” said Annette Zimmermann, research vice president at Gartner. “The improved business environment in China helped Apple achieve growth in the country. In addition, the introduction of the new iPhone SE encouraged users of older phones upgrade their smartphones.”
In Q2 2019, over 370 million smartphones were sold worldwide, while the sales of smartphones totaled 295 million units in Q2 2020. Samsung saw the biggest decline which sold over 75 million phones in Q2 2019, could only sell roughly 55 million phones in Q2 this year.
Anshul Gupta, senior research director at Gartner, said:
The COVID-19 pandemic continued to negatively affect Samsung’s performance in the second quarter of 2020, Demand for its flagship S Series smartphones did little to revive its smartphone sales globally.