Apple dominates global smartphone shipments in Q4, topples Samsung: IDC report

Apple made 61.1 billion dollars in second quarter

Following Apple’s all-time record-breaking quarter results today, a new report by IDC shows Apple dominated smartphone shipments globally. The research firm said that Apple has now gained top position followed by Samsung closely. Huawei, Xiaomi, and Oppo followed the top two respectively, sealing the top five positions.

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Apple iPhone X

Apple’s first spot in the fourth quarter comes after a continuous dominance of Samsung for three quarters, stated the report. This is obviously due to the new product line that includes the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus. Talking about the figures, Apple shipped 403.5 million units which is actually down from 430.7 million it shipped in the same quarter of 2016.

Talking about the whole year of 2017, 1.5 billion units were shipped which is again marginally fewer than shipments in the previous year. Despite Apple performing lower than expected, it managed to overthrow, reigning champion Samsung, mostly due to the new iPhone line, the report believes. In terms of yearly shipments, the Cupertino giant saw a minuscule rise of 0.2 percent compared to 2016 as 215.8 million units were sold in 2017. 

As for Samsung, the phone maker shipped 74.1 million units in the fourth quarter whereas 77.5 million units were moved in the fourth quarter of 2016. In terms of yearly figures, it shipped 317.3 million units, up from 311.4 million shipments in 2016.

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Huawei has managed to hold on to the third slot after Samsung with the Chinese brand shipping 41 million units compared to 45.4 million shipped in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Jitesh Ubrani, Senior Research Analyst, IDC, concluded, “Meanwhile, brands outside the top 5 struggled to maintain momentum as value brands such as Honor, Vivo, Xiaomi, and OPPO offered incredible competition at the low end, and brands like Apple, Samsung, and Huawei maintained their stronghold on the high end,”

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