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Samsung regains smartphone crown as global market rebounds

Samsung sales were bolstered by the S24 series launch

Samsung sales were bolstered by the S24 series launch

This positive trend indicates the industry might be on the path to recovery. However, Samsung and Apple face a growing threat from resurgent Chinese brands.

“While IDC expects these two companies to maintain their dominance in the premium segment, the resurgence of Huawei in China, along with significant gains from Xiaomi, Transsion, OPPO/OnePlus, and Vivo, will likely force both OEMs to seek new avenues for expansion and diversification,” said Ryan Reith, group vice president with IDC’s Worldwide Mobility and Consumer Device Trackers.

iPhone 12 Mini is limited to 12W charging on MagSafe, but unclear if it is the same for Qi2. Source: Lindsey Schutters

Shifting Market Landscape

The smartphone market emerging from the pandemic presents a changed landscape. Consumers are opting for more expensive devices and holding onto them for longer, pushing up average selling prices. This trend benefits major players while squeezing margins for smaller brands.

“Xiaomi is making a strong comeback after suffering significant declines over the past two years, while Transsion is establishing itself as a stable presence in the Top 5 with aggressive growth in international markets,” noted Nabila Popal, research director with IDC’s Worldwide Tracker team.

Top 5 Smartphone Vendors (Q1 2024)

Company Shipments (millions) Market Share Year-Over-Year Change
Samsung 60.1 20.8% -0.7%
Apple 50.1 17.3% -9.6%
Xiaomi 40.8 14.1% 33.8%
Transsion 28.5 9.9% 84.9%
OPPO 25.2 8.7% -8.5%

Source: IDC Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, April 15, 2024


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