Samsung remains on top as global smartphone shipments drop 2.9% in Q1

Samsung remains on top as global smartphone shipments drop 2.9% in Q1
For the first time since the third quarter of 2013, quarterly smartphone shipments in China totaled less than 100 million units leading global smartphone shipments to decline 2.9% in the first quarter. Overall, 334.3 million handsets were delivered from January through March, down from the 344.4 million shipped during the same period last year. Samsung remained on top with a total of 78.2 million units in transit during the period, down 2.4% from the 80.1 million shipped last year. Because the overall number of phones delivered was lower, Sammy actually saw an increase in market share from 23.3% to 23.4%.

Apple was second, having shipped the previously reported 52.2 million iPhone handsets during the quarter, 2.8% above last year's total. Apple saw its market share rise to 15.6%, and while its Average Selling Price at $728 was below expectations, it was above the $658 recorded last year. In third place was Huawei. The Chinese manufacturer set a new company record by grabbing a market share of 11.8% after shipping 39.3 million phones for the three month period. That was a 13.8% year-over-year increase in the number of handsets delivered, which wasn't bad considering that Verizon and AT&T decided at the last moment not to carry the Huawei Mate 10 Pro.

Xiaomi has had strong external growth in countries like India, which helped it increase shipments in Q1 by a whopping 87.8% over last year's number. With 28.8 million units shipped, the company owned 8.4% of the global smartphone market during the three month period. Oppo finished in fifth with a market share of 7.1%. It shipped 23.9 million devices in the quarter, a decline of 7.5% year-over-year.


source: IDC

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53 Comments

1. toukale

Posts: 648; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

The main difference here and the most impressive is that Apple is shipping that many phone with an ASP that is 3x more than it's competitors. That is unbelievable to me that they can continue to do so in this market and the current environment, WOW!!!

4. fatTony

Posts: 115; Member since: Dec 20, 2012

Yup, I'm surprised too. People's ability and willingness to pay is still the main factor.

7. toukale

Posts: 648; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Hey I am not surprise at all. 3 years ago I convinced everyone in my immediate family to buy iPhones because I was tired of being their IT/repair guy for their smartphone issues. I used to spend my weekends going from one family member place to the next fixing crap on their android devices. Have not done so since I got them to move. Now I just tell them to take it to their local mall Apple store and got my weekends back.

16. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1438; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

I think that says more about your family than Android devices in general.

18. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Cause you are an ignorant iboy. If you've had skills , to put on the EASY MODE on your 'immediate family's samsung high-end phones, you could save them the money. But of course you f@ed them up. Easy Mode on Samsung phones is equally easy to iOS.

33. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Might be there family not using Samsung.

24. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

This is one of the most idiotic fictitious stories I’ve heard on here in awhile

26. PhoenixFirebird

Posts: 125; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

I understand it. That’s how I changed to iOS. Android troubles me in one way or another. I don’t need features but I need a reliable device.

29. cmdacos

Posts: 4265; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Nobody believes this lol

36. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Lol ok....

11. mrochester

Posts: 1021; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Give people a product that they value this much and they will pay. Other manufacturers should try doing the same.

30. cmdacos

Posts: 4265; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Exactly. Apple though isn't that company for me though. I can't value a product that is tightly controlled and limited like apple does with their iPhone.

35. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Since the iPhone hasn't been the best phone at least the past 5 years (consensus of tech reviewers), other manufacturers obviously have.

32. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Actually iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus still selling well. In case of Samsung and other Android OEM’s they count low end, high end and flagship shipment not only flagship shipment.

2. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Good job Samsung

3. gamehead unregistered

Thinking about getting the A8

17. Pabliell

Posts: 185; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Don't. Get S7 edge (or S8) instead, it's much better and you can find it cheaper.

5. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I have an Galaxy S9 Plus and an iPhone 6S Plus, yes, the 6S Plus still wipes the floor with S9 Plus, specially in terms of app optimizations.

6. JohnR

Posts: 158; Member since: Sep 08, 2017

Not mine

10. NateDiaz

Posts: 1089; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Cause you don't have one.

22. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The SD 845 GPU is rated at 740 gigaflops. The A9 GPU in the 6S is rated at 172 gigaflops. The A10 is rated at 249 gigaflops. Yeah, as if the beats the S9 in terms of app optimizations. Let's see it run some VR/AR apps with a headset. Oh wait Apple doesn't support that yet.

27. whatev

Posts: 2332; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

The GS9 can be rated like the Xbox One X in terms of gigaflops, yet it won’t ever run games like injustice 2, mortal Kombat X, modern combat versus and many more even basic ones like temple run 2 just like the iPhone 5S, you all are second class citizens for developers ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

39. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

It can easily run those, what on earth are you on about? I could play temple run 2 just fine on my S6 edge. Do you even understand what you're saying here? You never even held an Android in your life, that's for sure, regardless of what you say, because your vision of Android is beyond delusional.

41. whatev

Posts: 2332; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I’m talking about graphics quality, you obviously are not a gamer, I know what I’m talking cause I play video games on my devices very frequently and I’m very picky, I watch the slightest detail and I can’t stand how android gets terrible ports of iOS games all the time, even temple run 2 has some differences in terms of graphics in comparison to iOS version, that’s really lame, cause an iPhone as old as a 5S can perform better than a brand new GS9 just because developers don’t optimize their apps for android, you’re an ignorant who just settle for the fact that some of those games are at least available for android, but what is the actual user experience? I’m more demanding and I am not happy with just “well at least is available for my device” I hate being treated like a second class citizen, I’m not going back to that feeling again

45. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

I'm obviously not a gamer? I'm a massive gamer and i have been for most of my life, but i don't really do that much gaming on my phone compared to my actual PC, as it's not really "gaming" when you're on your phone. Real gaming happens on a PC or a console. The graphics quality isn't really lower on androids at all, the developer didn't create new textures for the Android app, they obviously kept the ones they had already created, so they won't have a completely different set of graphics for Android, especially not if they just port it over. Furthermore, all Android games isn't just "poor IOS ports", as we aren't living in 2012 anymore, so please get with the times. Once again, you're quite clearly exposing your completely lack of knowledge of Android, as you certainly haven't even owned a new one in years. It's obvious. "an iPhone as old as a 5S can perform better than a brand new GS9 just because developers don’t optimize their apps for android," What a bunch of crap, which just again showcases your Apple bias, but you simply have to look at your profile picture to see that. You're a walking Apple commercial, who seeks out to thrash on android whenever you can, as your profile picture shows. "but what is the actual user experience?" It's great, just as great as on IOS, but at the end of the day, games doesn't even matter much at all regardless, unless you're a child. The average consumer doesn't game much on their smartphone, especially not demanding and complex games, as people just want a simple game with simple graphics and a simple goal. "I hate being treated like a second class citizen, I’m not going back to that feeling again" Oh stop acting like you have anything to do with Android, you don't. You're an Apple fanboy through and through, as shown by your Apple bias and profile picture, where it's literally an Apple eating Android.

46. whatev

Posts: 2332; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

What a huge bloat of sh*t did I just have to read??? Omg, so much ignorance in such a long essay, seriously, you just exposed yourself as TechieXP the biggest troll in PhoneArena history, I gotta recognize your grammar has improved a lot or maybe you hired an assistant to write all your nonsense, poor thing. I base my comments on facts, I play a lot on my phone and tablet, and if you think gaming on mobile is not that important, tell that to all those gamers who go to international contests, why are companies trying to bring their games to mobile then? Haven’t heard of Fortnite? Oh, sorry, I forgot is not available for android. Look at these articles form Gamebench: https://blog.gamebench.net/does-the-samsung-galaxy-s9-give-you-an-advantage-in-arena-of-valor https://blog.gamebench.net/game-studios-are-capping-android-frame-rates-even-on-samsung-galaxy-note-8 Look at these videos and stfu: https://youtu.be/MgsbPsR_oNs https://youtu.be/7EpQ5SxiPzg https://youtu.be/czsHnpSZjXk https://youtu.be/UhCjXawHL5k https://youtu.be/oLLznTwjRH4 https://youtu.be/2b0w3OWTuVU https://youtu.be/Pw9onHZQtlQ I know what I’m talking about cause I’ve used many brands and many OS, I’m not a blind hater with a terrible case of inferiority complex like you, you are a terrible threat for the society, you should go to rehab seriously

14. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

This is as obvious a troll as i've ever seen. You took the picture of the Samsung fanboy and instead of making Samsung propaganda, you're doing the opposite, meaning Apple propaganda. The iPhone 6S doesn't can't compete with the Galaxy S9, just like the Galaxy S6 doesn't really compete with the iPhone 8 or X.

15. kiko007

Posts: 7511; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Any speed test will gladly tell you otherwise...

20. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

I can easily show you speed tests where the Galaxy S9 beats even the iPhone X, so i really don't know what kind of speed tests you're looking at. Why are you only talking about speed tests tho? There are so many other things to a phone than speed tests, especially considering how little speed matters these days for flagships, as they're all really fast. They also don't improve much year by year anymore, as the hardware has been more than powerful enough, for a couple of years now, for what people use smartphones for. The Galaxy S9's has a better camera, screen, build, screen-to-body ratio, speakers, headphone jack, waterproofing, SD-card slot, biometric unlocking through both fingerprint, iris or facial recognition, more powerful hardware, better ergonomics, heartrate/stress/sPO2 sensor, variable aperture, super-slowmo and so on. The list goes on. There is much more to a phone than speed, especially these days, as even mid-range devices are as fast as flagships or faster (Oneplus 5T).

23. kiko007

Posts: 7511; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You said the two weren’t competitive in any facet. That’s false.

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