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Publication date: 21 Sep 2023

GCC Smartphone Market Posts Growth in Q2 2023


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Dubai – Newly released data from IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker shows that shipments of smartphones to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region increased 2.9% year on year in Q2 2023, with growth of 2.8% on the previous quarter.

The region's two major markets, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, both experienced annual and quarterly growth in shipments. This was due to launches and shipments of popular models in the midrange price segments. In the previous quarter, the market's major brands and channels had focused on premium releases; however, in Q2 2023, there was an increased focus on products from the low-end and midrange price bands ($100<400), which resulted in the region's average selling price (ASP) declining on the previous quarter.

Samsung led the GCC's overall smartphone market in shipment terms in Q2 2023, followed by Apple in second place and Xiaomi in third. "Apple's ability to maintain high ASPs in the market incentivized the channel to increase inventory in Q2 2023, with the vendor posting an annual and quarterly increase in shipments," says Akash Balachandran, a research manager at IDC. "However, Samsung posted annual and quarterly declines due to fewer shipments of its entry-level devices. Q2 is traditionally a launch quarter for Xiaomi, with the vendor introducing its new line of models, helping to spur growth in its shipments.”

Looking ahead, IDC expects growth in the GCC market to remain muted. "Smartphone markets will remain strained as global macroeconomic tensions take their toll on sub regions such as the GCC," says Ramazan Yavuz, a senior research manager at IDC. "Consumer confidence is low, which will inevitably have a negative impact on demand, and budgets for device renewals are constrained. All of these factors will impact the smartphone market, leading to a flat forecast for 2024 and making a rapid recovery unlikely."

To learn more about IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, please contact Sheila Manek at  or on +971 4 446 3154.

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