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Smartphone sales decline for first time ever

Smartphone sales decline for first time ever

Smartphone sales decline for first time ever

Gartner attributed the drop in sales to a number of factors including a lack of quality "ultra-low-cost" handsets and a decision by users with more expensive models to hold on to them for longer. "Second, replacement smartphone users are choosing quality models and keeping them longer, lengthening the replacement cycle of smartphones", Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner, said in the statement. The South Korean giant now controls about 95% of the OLED market, but that could soon drop with LG Display ramping up production this year, as are Chinese manufacturers like BOE Technology Group and Tianma Micro-electronics.

Apple's iPhone X wasn't enough to boost smartphone sales in the holiday quarter. Handset makers sold almost 408 million smartphones to customers in the fourth quarter, down 5.6 percent from the same period a year ago, the research firm said Thursday. This can make the reports of different market research firms contradictory.

Although sales reports like these give us a better insight, they are not always indisputable. "We expect good demand for the iPhone X to likely bring a delayed sales boost for Apple in the first quarter of 2018", Gupta said. The device is expected to feature tweaks but no major design overhaul.

For all of 2017, Samsung led the global sales stakes with 321.26 million devices shipped, followed by Apple with 214.92 million, Huawei with 150.5 million, Oppo with 112.12 million and Vivo with 99.6 million. Samsung's sales decreased by 3.6% for Q4, and Apple dropped a somewhat surprising 5%.

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In 2017 as a whole, smartphone sales to end-users totalled over 1.5 billion units, an increase of 2.7 percent from 2016. At the same time, the combined market share of the Chinese vendors in the top five increased by 4.2 percentage points, while the market share of top two, Samsung and Apple, remained unchanged. Huawei and Xiaomi (which doesn't rank in the top five) were the only smartphone vendors to see their unit sales grow in the quarter, Gartner said.

Unfortunately, the potential buyers are the Chinese manufacturers who produce handsets for the budget or mid-range market and prefer to stick to low-priced LCD displays.

This has also led to a jump in Xiaomi's share of the total market to 6.9% in the December quarter from 3.6% a year ago. But Google can rest assured that phones running Android increased their dominance in worldwide sales, claiming 85.9% of the market, compared to iOS's slight shrinkage to 14%.

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