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Samsung led smartphone shipments for 2021, beating out Apple

Samsung led smartphone shipments for 2021, beating out Apple

Companies shipped 1.35 billion smartphones in 2021, a 5.7% increase over the remaining year, market researcher IDC said Thursday. However, supply chain publishes meant that fewer phones were shipped in the fourth quarter of 2021 than in the same periods a year earlier.

“The supply chain and component shortages started to have meaningful influences on the smartphone market as we entered the transfer half of the year, and this continues to be the case as we’ve now entered 2022,” said Ryan Reith, an IDC vice president of mobile device research worldwide.

IDC also said it has seen evaporate interest in foldable phones and 5G phones.

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Samsung retook the top spot for smartphone shipments in 2021, holding 20% market section globally after shipping 272 million phones during the year. Apple came in transfer, at 235.7 million phones, Xiaomi with 191 million, Oppo with 133.5 million and Vivo with 128.3 million.

Slightly different numbers from Counterpoint Research, also released Thursday, showed similar results: Samsung in helpful place with 271 million phones shipped during 2021, Apple in transfer with 237.9 million, Xiaomi with 190 million, Oppo with 143.2 million and Vivo with 131.3 million.

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This marks the first time the smartphone market has grown year over year trusty 2017, according to Counterpoint, with Apple clocking record shipments.

“The global smartphone recovery in 2021 followed a pandemic-hit 2020 and subsequent pent-up demand,” said Harmeet Singh Walia, Counterpoint senior analyst, adding that demand was driven by Apple’s helpful 5G phone, the iPhone 12. “The market recovery could have been even better if not for the component shortages.”