Gartner: In 2019, Q1 global smartphone sales totaled 373 million, Huawei second
Published time: 2019-06-10
Global smartphone sales fell 2.7 percent to 373 million units in the first quarter of 2019, according to Gartner.Huawei is the world's second-largest smartphone supplier and continues to close the gap with samsung.
Slower innovation and higher prices for flagship smartphones have extended the replacement cycle.Sales in the United States and China, the top two countries for smartphone sales, fell 15.8 percent and 3.2 percent, respectively, in the first quarter of 2019.
In the first quarter, samsung maintained its lead in global smartphone sales, with a 19.2% market share (see chart 1).Huawei recorded the highest growth rate among the top five in the world, with sales up 44.5 per cent to a total of 58.4 million smartphones in the first quarter.
Anshul Gupta, senior research director at Gartner, said: "huawei's smartphone sales increased in all regions, with Europe and greater China doing particularly well, with sales up 69 per cent and 33 per cent respectively.Huawei continues to dominate in greater China with a 29.5 percent market share, helping it secure the no. 2 position as a global smartphone vendor in the first quarter of 2019."
Samsung and apple saw year-on-year declines
Samsung's smartphone sales fell 8.8% in the first quarter of 2019, but the company remains the world's largest smartphone seller.
Apple sold 44.6 million iphones in the first quarter, down 17.6 percent from a year earlier.
The race for fifth place continues
Vivo beat xiaomi to take the fifth place in the first quarter of 2019.Vivo sold 27.4 million smartphones in the quarter.Xiaomi sold 27.2 million units.
"New features, such as in-screen fingerprint recognition, slider cameras, quick charge and frameless display, helped vivo achieve double-digit growth in the first quarter of 2019," Gupta added.However, the brand can do better by expanding its entry-level smartphone and its presence in emerging asia-pacific markets."