Xiaomi has made a huge comeback in 2017. Not only it has regained its top 5 global smartphone position, they have also overtaken OPPO for the #4 spot worldwide.
According to IDC’s Q1 2018 mobile phone tracker report, global shipments have declined from 344.4 million to 334.3 million year-over-year for Q1. They added that China market is showing signs of a slowdown as their shipments have dropped below 100 million units for the first three months of 2018.
2017 was a big year for Xiaomi as they have regained its top 5 global position. They have been increasing its presence with the opening of more Mi Stores overseas and through strategic partnerships including Lazada. Thanks to a massive year-end sale, Xiaomi had doubled its number of smartphones shipped in Q4 2017 and surprisingly, they managed to overtake OPPO.
Tablets shipments are continuing to slow down but the good news is that it’s now declining at a lower rate. According to IDC’s latest Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker report for Q2 2017, a total of 37.9 million units were shipped in the last quarter which is a slight drop of 3.4% year-over-year. A year ago, overall tablet shipments had dropped by 12.3% from 44.1 million units in Q2 2015 to 38.7 million in Q2 2016.
Interestingly, despite the shrinking numbers, the top tablet brands including Apple, Samsung and Huawei have held their places pretty well in the last quarter.
Samsung has often maintained the top spot when it comes to global smartphone shipments, except for that one time in Q4 2016 during its Note7 fiasco. However, if you’re wondering which specific model is the best seller, you’ll get a rather different answer.
Smartphone shipments in Malaysia had dropped by 5.9% in 2016 versus the previous year according to IDC Malaysia’s latest report. They reckon this was likely caused by negative economic factors which include our depreciating ringgit against the US dollar.
Despite the annual decline, smartphone shipments had picked up in the last quarter and the top 3 brands were still able to increase their respective market share.
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IDC has just posted its Q1 2016 mobile phone tracker, which reports a flat growth for the global smartphone market. A total of 334.9 million smartphones were shipped which is a marginal 0.2% increase over the same quarter last year at 334.4 million.
Maintaining its top position is Samsung with 81.9 million units shipped, which is a 0.6% YoY decline (Q1 2015: 82.4 million) but they have maintained a strong market share of 24.5%. Among the top 5, Apple suffered the biggest hit as expected with its first ever decline in 13 years. They have shipped 16.3% fewer phones at 51.2 million units and they currently have a market share of 15.3%.
Ah, tablets. If a tablet was one of the characters in my sappy rom-com, it’d be the ‘one that got away’. To me, it was a novel idea where you could have your smartphone with you for the serious business stuff while your tablet showed you a good time between working hours — literally, with videos and movies or a good book — but when you actually think about it, the tablet simply isn’t practical.
If you take a look at the International Data Corporation’s (IDC) latest report on their preliminary data from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, you’ll find the truth in my words as tablet sales are on a downward trajectory. That’s not to say it’s all doom and gloom though as their report also says that detachable tablet sales have reached an all-time high — lead by the sales of none other than the Apple iPad Pro.
According to the latest IDC report, Apple has already sold 7.5 million Watches between April and October. You can’t deny that’s pretty impressive considering Samsung only sold over a million Gear smart watches for the whole of 2014. Even Android Wear has managed to ship 720,000 units, with Moto 360 leading the pack.
Despite the impressive figures for Apple, they are still not number 1 when it comes to wearable devices.
According to a report by IDC, an industry analyst company, big-time smartphone vendors like Apple and Samsung are going to find it more difficult to compete in the premium smartphone segment this year due to the sea of Chinese and Taiwanese vendors with offerings of cheaper and just as capable smartphones.
According to Daniel Pang, Asean senior research manager of the client devices and mobility division of IDC Market Research (M) Sdn Bhd, while many Malaysians would still prefer owning a premium flagship smartphone, the economical pinch are causing many consumers to feel that they just aren’t getting enough out of their investment.’
IDC’s Asia Pacific Mobile Phone Tracker shows that Chinese and Taiwanese vendors held a whopping 46% market share of the Malaysian smartphone market in the first three quarters of 2014 as opposed to 19% in the entirety of 2013, and we believe that the percentage will continue to rise as the year progresses.
Samsung has taken the world no.1 smartphone manufacturer crown from Apple as research firm IDC confirms that the Korean manufacturer tripled its smartphone shipment in the third quarter of this year.
Samsung took 20% of the market, up from 8.8% a year earlier whilst Apple’s shipments dropped to 15% from 17% in the same period. Nokia’s share fell by more than half to 14%.
Meanwhile, Taiwan-based HTC entered into the top five for the first time, boosting its share of shipments to 11% from 7.1% a year earlier while RIM lost 5% of its global share of shipments from 15% to 10%.
Interestingly HTC and Samsung both sold more smartphones in the U.S. than Apple did in the third quarter of this year.
Does this spell the end for Apple’s dominance in the smartphone market? Well, it depends on who you talk to but to us, it is definitely a significant shift in consumer perception towards alternative mobile platforms like Android and Windows Phone, but the war is certainly not over. Samsung will find maintaining the title of world’s top smartphone manufacturer challenging as competition from the likes of HTC, Sony Ericsson and Motorola will be fierce. Let’s also not forget Apple is not going to take this lying down — though let’s hope they respond with better products rather than lawsuits.
What’s certain is its us, the consumer, that will benefit greatly from all this with a plethora of devices in all kinds of shapes and forms to choose from.
Wonder what the fanboys have to say about all this?