The above graph represents the worldwide smartphone shipments from Q2 2015 to Q1 2019, by the top five smartphone vendors. In Q1 2019, the world’s top 5 smartphone vendors were Samsung, Apple, Huawei, Xiaomi and Vivo.

A total of 310.8 million units of smartphones was shipped globally during the first quarter of 2019. That’s a significant 7% YoY decline. Surprisingly, Q1 2019 was the six consecutive quarter when the global smartphone market witnessed a YoY decline in its shipments.

In Q4 2018, the global smartphone shipments registered a notable 4.9% YoY decline. About 375.5 million units of smartphones were shipped during the quarter, according to IDC.

The effect of decline on worldwide smartphone shipment in Q1 2019 is very much evident on the performance of all top smartphone vendors. Once again, Samsung emerged as the leader in the worldwide smartphone market in Q1 2019, despite witnessing a notable 8% YoY decline. Surprisingly, this is the sixth consecutive quarter, the company has posted a YoY decrease in its smartphone shipments, globally! 2018 was a challenging year for Samsung and the market leader continues to feel pressure from Chinese giants Huawei and Xiaomi.

Interestingly, Huawei continued its superb performance in the global market, with a remarkable 50.3% YoY growth in the first quarter of 2019. Huawei leapfrogged Apple to become the second largest smartphone vendor globally in Q1 2019. The company sold 59.1 million units of smartphones to push down Apple to the third spot. Huawei continues to see growing success from its Honor line of devices, which are now representing close to half of its overall volume.

On the other hand, Apple continues to lose its grip on the global smartphone market. Apple iPhone shipment tanked to a record low in Q1 2019. The Cupertino giant witnessed a massive 30.2% YoY and 46.8% QoQ decline in the global smartphone market, shipped only 36.4 million iPhones.

The worldwide smartphone shipments of Xiaomi in Q1 2019 reached 25 million units, with a notable 10.2% YoY decline. Surprisingly, Vivo posted a huge 24% YoY growth in its smartphone shipments, globally. Vivo shipped approximately 23 million units of smartphones in Q1 2019.


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