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Samsung retains its position as the largest smartphone maker in 2020

Market research film IDC has published the overall global smartphone shipment for the year of 2020.

IDC Smartphone Shipments for Year 2020
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Once again, Korean smartphone giant Samsung retained its top position with an overall market share of 20.6% in 2020. Despite that, the total number of smartphones shipped by Samsung actually fell from 295.8 million in 2019 to 266.7 million in 2020 which equates to a -9.8% year-over-year change.

Apple on the other hand, had climbed to the second position with an inspiring 206.1 million smartphone shipments as well as an overall 15.9% market share. In comparison to its overall smartphone shipments in 2019, Apple recorded a positive growth of 7.9% in 2020.

Chinese telecommunication giant Huawei which was the second largest smartphone company in 2019 had tumbled to the third position behind Apple. That’s of course, largely due to the ongoing U.S. trade ban which affected the company’s engine of growth in the global market.

As a result, Huawei’s smartphone shipments had fallen drastically from 240.6 million in 2019 to 189 million in 2020 which translates to a -21.5% year-over-year change. Consequently, its overall market share also shrinks from 17.5% in 2019 to 14.6% in 2020.

Sitting in the forth and fifth positions are none other than Xiaomi and Vivo which had both posted a positive year-over-year growth of 17.6% and 1.5% respectively.


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