The year of disasters is over at the end of 2020. With the end of 2020, research companies started to publish their reports for the whole year. The year 2020 was definitely one of the worst years for smartphone manufacturers due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Digitimes Research has compiled a report on last year’s global smartphone shipments. Accordingly, the market dropped by about 8.8 percent, with shipments totaling 1.24 billion units. The biggest decrease occurred in the first quarter of 2020, when the rapid escalation of the epidemic and the cut in production and sales surprised companies. Shipments decreased 20 percent year-on-year in the first quarter.



Phone sales impressed everyone

Samsung, Apple and Huawei are once again three leading smartphone manufacturers in 2020. Ranking continues with Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo. However, only Apple and Xiaomi experienced an increase of over 10% in shipments. Samsung and Huawei, on the other hand, experienced a double digit decline. If there was one thing that made last year remarkable, it was definitely the expansion of 5G. According to the report, 280-300 million 5G smartphones were shipped last year. This is an enormous increase compared to the 20 million shipped in 2019.

This is definitely because of the arrival of many 5G mid-range chipsets that allow companies to bring 5G phones with affordable price tags. This will get bigger in 2021 as cheaper 5G SoCs emerge.

Companies are hopeful about 2021. Just two weeks after the beginning of the year, some analysts have started to predict what the market will look like in 2021. According to the report from TrendForce; smart phone production will reach 1.36 billion this year. There will be a 9th place in sales compared to last year. TrendForce also predicts that total global 5G smartphone production will be around 500 million in 2021. Moreover, the 5G penetration rate will increase to 37 percent.


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