Mobile Sales Up 9pc Globally – China Grabs Panda’s Share
Global sales of smartphones totaled 380 million units in the first quarter of 2017, a 9.1 percent increase over the first quarter of 2016, according to a Gartner survey. It says mobile phone buyers are spending more to get a better phone, resulting in a rise in average selling prices of types of phone.
Three Chinese brands – Huawei, Oppo and Vivo – continue to increase combined market share year-over-year with Oppo achieving the best performance among the top five smartphone vendors, according to Gartner, offering desirable features at affordable prices.
Their combined market share in Q1 was 24 percent, up 7 percentage points year-on-year.
Samsung’s smartphone sales declined 3.1 percent in the first quarter of 2017, while Huawei edged closer to Apple with smartphone sales amounting to 34 million units in the first quarter of 2017.
And Oppo is continuing to catch up with Huawei. With a 94.6 percent increase in worldwide sales in the first quarter of 2017, Oppo achieved the best performance of the quarter and retained the No. 1 position in China.
Meanwhile, Vivo sold almost 26 million smartphones and achieved a market share of 6.8 percent.