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Global smartphone unit shipments of Samsung 2010-2020, by quarter

Samsung's shipments from the first quarter of 2010 to the fourth quarter of 2020 signal a recovery for the company, who were one of the smartphone manufacturers affected most by the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Samsung shipped 73.9 million smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2020. A decrease comprared to the previous quarter, but an increase compared to the same period in 2019

Samsung’s sales consistently place the smartphone giant among the top three smartphone vendors in the world, alongside Huawei and Apple.

Samsung smartphone sales – how many phones does Samsung sell?

Global smartphone sales reached 1.38 billion units during 2020, but are expected to recover for 2020 to similar figures as 2019 at around 1.54 billion units. In the fourth quarter of 2020, Samsung sold 62.12 million smartphones to end users worldwide.

The smartphone industry is expected to continue to grow even in the face of COVD-19, as the withgrowth of 6.3 percent in the global smartphone market expected in 2021. The global smartphone market is dominated by three major vendors: Samsung, Huawei and Apple. Together, they held more than 50 percent of the global smartphone market share in 2019.

COVID-19 took a heavy toll on Samsung

While rival company Huawei showed initial resilience to the COVID-19 outbreak, Samsung first appeared to have been hit harder, but has recovered better while Huawei’s shipments continue to decline. For approximately six-and-a-half years, Samsung smartphone sales have exceeded 70 million units in every quarter. This ended in Q4 2019, when the company sold 69.4 million devices, but came back at over 80 million shipments in the third quarter of 2020.

Smartphone unit shipments of Samsung worldwide by quarter from first quarter 2010 to fourth quarter 2020

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January 2021



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2010 to 2020

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