Stats by the research firm Gartner shows smartphone sales globally took a nose dive in the Q4 of 2017. All except for Chinese brands like Huawei and Xiaomi.
The recent stats on global smartphones brands ranking in terms of revenues for the Q4 is as follows:
#1 – Samsung
#2 – Apple
#3 – Huawei
#4 – Xiaomi
Of the top four global brands, it is only Huawei and Xiaomi that recorded growth in the Q4 of 2017. During that period, some 408 million units were sold; a 5.6% decline compared to the same period in 2016. Samsung, despite maintaining its first place position in the top global brands, the OEM experienced a 3.5% dip in global shipment. Apple, though holding on to second place, Huawei at the third position has significantly reduced the gap.
Gartner further points out that Samsung lead mainly comes from units sold in the mid-price to entry-level phones. However, this market segment is increasingly experiencing increasing competition, while there is reducing contribution.
“First, upgrades from feature phones to smartphones have slowed down due to a lack of quality ultra-low-cost smartphones and users preferring to buy quality feature phones,” …read more