Global Smartphone Shipments by Quarter

The below graph represents the number of smartphone shipped worldwide during a quarter, starting from Q1 2011 to Q2 2021. A total of 353.6 million units were shipped during the third quarter of 2020, showing a small 1.3% YoY decline. This is largely attributed to the re-opening of economies around the world as COVID-19 restrictions were gradually relaxed.

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The above graph represents the global smartphone shipments by quarter, starting from Q1 2011 to Q2 2021. Smartphone companies shipped a total of 353.6 million units in Q3 2020, with small 1.3 YoY decline. On a quarterly basis, the global smartphone shipments increased a strong 27% from Q2 2020 when about 278.4 million smartphones were shipped.

Global Smartphone Shipments: History

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DurationCY Q1 2011 – Q2 2020

The global dependency on China for the smartphone supply chain caused major issues in Q1 2020, resulting a 20.3% YoY decline in China, 16.1% YoY decline in United States and 18.3% YoY decline in Western Europe.

The world’s top three smartphone OEMs Samsung, Huawei and Apple recorded a notable decline in its devices’ shipments during the first quarter of 2020.

As the graph shows, in Q4 2016, a whopping 430.7 million units of smartphones were shipped globally – the highest-ever till date. Apple and Samsung were dominating the global smartphone market with 36.2% share during the quarter.

One must note that the worldwide smartphone shipments had consistently been declining year-over-year between Q4 2017 and Q2 2019. In Q3 2019, the companies finally took a sigh of relief when the worldwide smartphone shipments increased 0.8% YoY. The increasing popularity of Chinese smartphones in India was the primarily reason behind the growth.

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