The report by market tracker Gartner confirmed Apple offered some 79.9 million iPhone fashions within the closing three months of the yr – a 15 % surge from a yr earlier – to leapfrog Samsung in gross sales in a worldwide smartphone market which shrank by some 5.4 %.
The California large captured 20.8 % of the market to take the highest spot for the primary time because the fourth quarter of 2016, in keeping with Gartner.
Samsung noticed an 11.8 % dip in gross sales to 62.1 million items within the interval, giving the South Korean firm 16.2 % of the worldwide market.
The general market was harm by world client warning, with the declines restricted by the introduction of latest 5G handsets, Gartner analysts mentioned.
“The gross sales of extra 5G smartphones and lower-to-mid-tier smartphones minimised the market decline within the fourth quarter of 2020,” mentioned Anshul Gupta, senior analysis director at Gartner.
“Whilst customers remained cautious of their spending and held off on some discretionary purchases, 5G smartphones and pro-camera options inspired some finish customers to buy new smartphones or improve their present smartphones within the quarter.”
Huawei, the Chinese language agency hammered by sanctions limiting its entry to US expertise, fell to fifth place with 8.9 %, in keeping with the survey.
For the complete yr, the market suffered a hefty 12.5 % drop as gross sales dipped to 1.3 billion items, the survey confirmed. Samsung remained the highest vendor for the yr with an 18.8 % share, forward of Apple’s 14.8 %.
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