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Samsung, Apple leading in smartphone market

Friday, 28 April 2017

WASHINGTON: Samsung and Apple maintained their leadership in the smartphone market in early 2017 while Chinese-based Huawei’s strong growth cemented its number 3 position, a market tracker said Thursday.

Research firm IDC said overall smartphone shipments grew 4.3% in the first quarter, slightly better than its prior forecast, to 347 million units. The 2017 market will feel the impact of the new Samsung Galaxy S8 flagship handset, and a widely expected announcement from Apple for its new iPhone later this year.

According to the survey, Samsung led the market in the first quarter with a 22.8% share to 14.9% for Apple, with little growth for the top 2 vendors. But Huawei’s sales jumped 21.7% to give it a 9.8% share, and fellow Chinese makers Oppo and Vivo, the number four and five vendors, respectively, also boosted their sales. IDC said the bulk of smartphone growth is likely to come from low-cost handset makers.

Makers “have started to implement a single premium design language that ultimately blurs the lines between the high-end and the low-end, allowing the average consumer to jump on the brand without a hefty upfront investment.” The report is based on preliminary quarterly estimates, with Apple due to report sales figures next week.

Source by: Internet

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