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Shipments for Samsung-led smartphones in the first quarter of 2021, Apple made the most money: Report

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Counterpoint Research’s latest report on global smartphone shipments for the first quarter of 2021 comes out, and it claims that smartphone shipments for the first time have crossed the $ 100 billion mark for the quarter to the end of March to reach $ 113 billion. Total global deliveries increased by 20% on an annual basis, reaching 354 million units. Apple tops the revenue segment with a 42% worldwide revenue for smartphones. In terms of deliveries, Samsung continued to lead with a 21.7% share of OEM supplies for global smartphones. Samsung shipments reached 76.8 million units in the first quarter of 2021.

The active installed base of Apple iPhone reached a new peak this quarter – Counterpoint reports. The strong performance of iPhone 12 series helped Apple to watch record revenue for the first quarter with 42 percent in global revenue share. iPhone revenues doubled in all its geographical segments. While Apple’s revenue was the highest in the global smartphone market, its shipments accounted for 16.8%.

Samsung leads the global smartphone supply market with 21.7% market share. It ranked second in the revenue share segment with a 17.5% share, according to Counterpoint. Samsung’s growth in both revenue and shipments is primarily due to the success of the latest version Galaxy S21 series. Samsung’s mid-range Galaxy A-Series was another major engine along with the foldable smartphone segment.

The counterpoint says Xiaomi registered shipments of smartphones amounting to 48.5 million, mainly driven by markets such as China, India, Spain, Italy, Russia and Indonesia. Xiaomi achieved 13.7% of the global market share of smartphones, coming in third place after Samsung and Apple. In the global OEM segment, Xiaomi ranks fifth in terms of revenue share for smartphones with a 7.6% share.

Опо delivered 38 million units worldwide, growing by a staggering 70% on an annual basis. In the chart for global shipments of smartphones, Counterpoint Oppo is in fourth place with a 10.7% market share. Vivo’s shipments rose 64 percent year-over-year to reach their highest ever, 35.5 million units, in the first quarter of 2021, driven by growth in China, where it reached a leadership position in the quarter. Vivo ranks fifth with a 10% market share worldwide for smartphone shipments.


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