Gartner, the leading multinational IT analyst, has released smartphone sales data for the second quarter. It does not substantially change the situation with the previous quarter, with the Samsung Apple couple driving the ranking and the Chinese trio Huawei – OPPO – I’m pursuing.
If the South Korean giant registers a 7.5% increase in the number of smartphones shipped compared to the same period of 2016, Apple is experiencing a slight downturn but costs nearly a percentage point in the market share. It takes advantage of Huawei, which is about 2 points away, with a 17% growth and seems to have started overtaking, which should take place in China’s forecast by 2021.
They continue to grow at OPPO and Vivo dizzying rhythms, which saw sales increase by 44.1% and 70.8%, respectively, from the second quarter of last year. According to Gartner, the situation may change in the last quarter when new iPhones will be available on the market, though Apple should suffer from limited stocks of iPhone 8.
It seems that 2 to 4 million iPhone 8 will be available at launch, due to production problems. Overall, however, stocks of high-end models are likely to suffer as a result of the shortage of flash memory and OLED screens, hitting particularly significant historical brands such as HTC, Sony and LG in favor of Chinese brands, much Aggressive on the market, and Samsung and Apple.