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IDC: Apple leapfrogs Samsung, back on top of the smartphone market share! (Q4 2021)

According to the latest data shared by IDC, global smartphone shipments declined in Q4 of 2021, but it is slightly better than the research firm's projection. Annually, the market grew 5.7 percent at 1.35 billion smartphones shipped.
File photo: iPhone 13 Pro

Apple enjoyed massive growth in China!

The brand that came out on top in 4Q21 is Apple with 84.9 million units shipped or 23.4 percent of the market share. Apple leapfrogged Samsung during the period. The South Korean firm shipped 68.9 million with 19 percent of the pie.
Top 5 in Q4 2021
Top 5 in Q4 2021

At number 3 is Xiaomi with 45 million units shipped at 12.4 percent followed by OPPO at number 4 with 30.1 million at 8.3 percent. At number 5 is vivo with 28.3 million and 7.8 percent.
Top 5 globally in 2021
Top 5 globally in 2021

For the entire 2021, Samsung came on top followed by Apple, Xiaomi, OPPO, and vivo.

IDC said that all the top 5 vendors grew shipments year over year with four out of five achieving double-digit growth.

While Xiaomi had the highest annual growth reaching almost 30 percent, Samsung had the lowest at just 6.0 percent growth in 2021.

This contrast clearly illustrates which vendor benefitted the most from the massive decline of Huawei this year. Apple too had healthy annual growth of 15.9 percent in 2021 due to the superb 40 percent growth in China in last year.

Source: IDC
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