Gartner says smartphone sales plummeted 20 percent in Q1 2020

The worldwide smartphone marketplace noticed its worst decline ever within the first quarter of 2020, with gross sales to finish customers plummeting by way of 20.2 %, in line with Gartner. The decline, brought about by way of the COVID-19 pandemic and the following financial fallout, hit all 5 most sensible distributors — with the exception of for Xiaomi, which grew its gross sales by way of 1.four % year-over-year. 

All informed, customers bought greater than 299 million units in Q1, in line with Gartner, down from just below 375 million in Q1 2019. IDC reported a couple of weeks previous that Q1 shipments totaled closed to 276 million, representing a 11.7 % drop. 


Gartner’s analysis displays Huawei taking the largest hit, with gross sales for the quarter down greater than 27 %. Nonetheless, Huawei held directly to the No. 2 spot in the back of Samsung. Samsung controlled to care for its standing as the highest dealer — with greater than 18 % marketplace proportion — in spite of its smartphone gross sales declining by way of just about 23 %. 

“COVID-19 negatively impacted Samsung’s smartphone gross sales throughout the quarter. Alternatively, the decline will have been a lot worse,” Gartner senior analysis analyst Anshul Gupta mentioned in a observation. “Its restricted presence in China and the positioning of its production amenities out of doors of China averted a steeper fall.”

Apple noticed its shipments fall by way of round eight %, Gartner mentioned, whilst OPPO’s gross sales fell by way of 19 %. 

Xiaomi controlled to develop gross sales, in line with the analysis company, due to sturdy gross sales of its Redmi units in world markets and its competitive on-line channel focal point. 

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