Smartphone sales decline for the first time

Nearly 408 million smartphones were sold in Q4 2017 a decline of 5.6% compared to Q4 2016 according to Gartner.  The research firm says this is the first year-on-year decline since it started tracking the smartphone market in 2004.

  • The No.1 ranked smartphone maker, Samsung, saw a year-on-year decline of 3.6% in Q4, while sales of Apple’s iPhones fell 5%.
  • Worldwide smartphone sales numbers for the entire year indicated modest gains for Samsung from 20.5% in 2016 to 20.9% in 2017.
  • Huawei and Xiaomi were the only smartphone vendors to see growth year-on-year at 7.6% and 7.9% respectively.

While demand for high-quality 4G connectivity and better camera features remained strong, high expectations and few incremental benefits during replacement weakened smartphone sales.

Anshul Guptaresearch director, Gartner

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