Samsung's wide selection of phones worked in its favor in the first quarter of the year, a report from analyst Gartner revealed Monday. The Korean company held more than 20% of all smartphones sold with 76.5 million made for sale during that time while Samsung led competitors Apple and Huawei by nearly two percentage points combined with 22%.
The figure matches the one reported by research firm Canalys which announced April as well where it said Samsung had continued to hold on to bragging rights over global smartphone market share: at around 25 percent across 2017 even though they've been getting outpaced this past calendar year - so far - primarily because 3-4 years ago when people were buying "cheap" devices like lower-end Galaxy J models; higher sales.
Samsung had a strong first quarter of the year with an impressive 20% share in the smartphone market. This was largely due to their wide selection and affordable prices, as well as its flagship 5G phones that were released earlier this year.
Apple held 15.5% of the market, with phone sales of over 58.5 million. Chinese phone makers Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo rounded out the top five, with sales of 48.9 million, 38.7 million, and 38.3 million, respectively.
"5G will continue to be the major growth driver for Apple in 2021," Anshul Gupta, Gartner's senior research director, said in a release. "Device upgrades will fuel demand for Apple's flagship phone throughout the year."
Overall, global smartphone sales grew 26% in the first quarter of the year, and 22% year over year.
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