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Smartphone Shipments Rose This Year, Despite Major Shortages

This year has seen major component shortages. and global shipping issues, but despite all that hardship, shipments of smartphones will grow 5.3 per cent year-on-year in 2021, with 1.35 billion devices shipped by the year’s end.

Despite the growth, these figures fell short of forecasts by the International Data Corporation who predicted 7.4 per cent growth in 2021. With supply chain issues and logistical challenges not expected to ease until mid-2022, IDC has adapted its 2022 shipment predictions, from 3.4 per cent growth to a more modest 3 per cent.

“Although we expected a slowdown in the third quarter, the market declined by almost twice the projected rate as the supply chain and logistical challenges hit every major player in the market,” said Nabila Popal, research director with IDC’s Mobility and Consumer Device Trackers.

China has been hardest hit by the shortages and logistical issues, being the only region where shipments declined in 2021, albeit a modest 0.2 per cent year-on-year fall.



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