Samsung’s 5G smartphone sales are growing fast – but Apple still dominates

Samsung had by far the fastest-growing 5G handset shipments worldwide within the first quarter of 2021, in line with analyst agency Technique Analytics – though Apple continues to dominate the market. 

Samsung’s 5G smartphone gross sales grew a whopping 79% between This autumn 2020 and Q1 2021, far forward of the 5G class’s total development of 6% and means forward of Apple, whose 5G iPhone gross sales declined 23% quarter on quarter, in line with Technique Analytics, though that largely mirrored how robust iPhone gross sales had been in This autumn of final yr.

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And Apple continues to be by far the most important vendor of 5G smartphones regardless of the drop in shipments. In Q1 2021, it shipped 40.4 million 5G iPhones, whereas runner-up OPPO shipped 21.5 million. Vivo shipped 19.4 million, Samsung shipped 17 million, and Xiaomi shipped 16.6 million. 

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In keeping with the agency, world 5G smartphone gross sales reached a report 136 million models in Q1 2021. 

Analyst Canalys estimates 5G handsets made up 37% of worldwide smartphone shipments in Q1 2021 and predicted them to account for 43% of the 610 million smartphones it reckons shall be offered this yr. A part of the rationale for the expansion is {that a} third of all 5G handsets shipped by the top of the yr will value lower than $300.   

Samsung’s Galaxy S21 5G, S21 extremely 5G and S21+ 5G carried out nicely in South Korea, North America, and elements of Europe, says Ville-Petteri Ukonaho, affiliate director at Technique Analytics. 

“Vivo was the second fastest-growing 5G smartphone vendor in Q1 2021, leaping 62% QoQ to 19 million models shipped, pushed by its iQOO U3 5G and U7 5G smartphones,” he famous. 

Vivo’s 5G smartphone did greatest in China and Europe. OPPO grew 55% over the interval, whereas Xiaomi elevated 41% due to China gross sales. 

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Whereas Apple did see shipments drop off in Q1 2021, that is as a result of it had stellar gross sales in This autumn 2020 when it launched the iPhone 12 collection – it is first line-up of 5G iPhones. “Apple dipped 23% QoQ, following a blowout This autumn 2020 the place the brand new 5G iPhone was wildly common as a present throughout the vacation season,” he says. 

Technique Analytics notes that China is a weak spot for Samsung’s 5G gross sales. 


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