Smartphone unit shipments worldwide 2007-2019, by vendor

Smartphone shipments for most major manufacturers increased from 2019 to 2020, with Apple the only company of the leading five to see a contraction. Overall, smartphone manufacturers shipped 1.37 billion smartphones around the world in 2019.

Impact of the coronavirus (VOD-19) pandemic



  The outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused significant delays across the length of the smartphone supply chain. The impact of the pandemic on vendors caused a significant decline in smartphone shipments during the first quarter of 2020. The overall number of smartphones shipped in Q1 2020 fell to just 275.8 million, the lowest volume since Q2 2013. While all manufacturers suffered a dip, Apple smartphone shipments saw the greatest decline. However, Apple typically ships far more units in Q4 than any other quarter.
Economic factors influencing end users, the closure of physical stores, and lack of availability also lead to a drop off in the number of smartphones sold to end users.


Looking towards recovery

   

  Although shipments are down at the moment, analysts expect the smartphone industry to recover well once the pandemic is under control. Originally, smartphone shipments were expected to grow 1.5 percent in 2020 and 2.4 percent in 2021. However, the predictions in the revised forecast indicate a decrease of 2.3 percent in 2020 compared to 2019 and an increase of 6.3 percent the following year.

Global smartphone shipments from 2007 to 2019, by vendor

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Sources

Release date

January 2020

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2007 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Data for 2007 is from Gartner.

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