Samsung bounces back, global smartphone sales up in Q2: Gartner

Samsung bounces back, global smartphone sales up in Q2: Gartner

Samsung bounces back, global smartphone sales up in Q2: Gartner

367.9 million units were sold to end-users during the three month period from April through June, down 1.7% from the 374.3 million units rung up during the same period a year ago.

The demand for high-end smartphones has slowed at a greater rate than demand for midrange and low-end smartphones, says Gartner senior research director Anshul Gupta.

"To try to boost smartphone replacements, we've seen manufacturers bringing premium features such as multilens front/back cameras, bezel-less displays and large batteries from their flagship smartphones into lower-priced models", adds Gupta.

Samsung remains King of the smartphone world after selling 75.11 million handsets during the quarter.

The decline in the country's smartphone unit sales mirrors global market analysis, with global smartphone sales said to have declined in the second quarter of this year. The company had hoped to be on top of this list by the fourth quarter, but its placement on the U.S. Entity List makes that a long shot.

Huawei's sales surged 31 percent in the second quarter of 2019 compared to the last quarter in the greater China area.

Third-place Apple Inc. suffered badly in the quarter, with iPhone sales falling 13.8% to just 38.52 million units.

Another interesting statistic that is being revealed by this report is that iPhones are now representing less than 50% of the Cupertino based tech giant's total revenue. In addition, sales of smartphones are expected to decline by 2.5% in 2019, which would be the worst decline to date. According to Gartner, the iPhone accounted for 10.5% of smartphone sales during the three-month period. That perhaps, explains why Xiaomi and OPPO are edging closer to Apple.

Gupta said strong demand for the company's new Galaxy A series smartphones and the revamp of its entry-level and mid-range smartphones helped this positive performance.

The struggling smartphone industry is a worldwide phenomenon.

Among the top five countries in smartphones sales, China held the No. 1 position with 101 million smartphone sales in the second quarter of 2019, up0.5 per cent year over year.

This information has come to light in the newly released point-of-sale tracking data from GfK SA's Weekly Monitor, which shows smartphone sales dropped 4.9% to just under three million units during the second quarter of 2019. Sales in India showed a 2.3 per cent decline year over year, however, mainly due to slowing consumer upgrades from feature phones to smartphones.

Global sales of smartphones to end users declined 1.7% in the second quarter of 2019, reaching 368 million units, according to tech analyst Gartner.

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