Smartphone Market Share
Updated: 17 May 2021
Smartphone Shipments Declined 8.8% in the First Quarter as Global Demand Softens, According to IDC
NEEDHAM, Mass., May 17, 2021 – Worldwide smartphone shipments declined 8.8% year over year in the first quarter of 2022 (1Q22) as per the preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. This marks the third consecutive quarter of decline for the smartphone market as shipments fell to 314.4 units in the quarter with 8.8% decline year on year and about 3.5% lower than IDC had forecasted in February.
"Although some decline was expected in Q1, due to the ongoing supply and logistical challenges and a difficult year-over-year comparison, things seemed to have taken a turn for the worse," said Nabila Popal research director at IDC. "Consumer sentiment across all regions, and especially China, is broadly negative with heavy concerns around inflation and economic instability that have dampened consumer spending. This is now coupled with the rising costs of components and transportation and the recent lockdowns in Shanghai, which are exacerbating an already difficult situation. On top of all this is the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which immediately impacted that region and continues on an unknown trajectory. Given all these uncertainties, most OEMs are adopting a more conservative growth strategy for 2022."
From a regional standpoint the obvious focus has been on Ukraine, Russia, and the rest of Eastern Europe. The Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region was down to 20% during the quarter, and the outlook for many of those markets remains uncertain. However, from a volume standpoint CEE only accounts for 5-6% of global shipments and about 5% of market revenue. The biggest draw down on global volumes came from China and other parts of Asia/Pacific, which account for nearly half of all shipments worldwide and declined 11.3% (combined) in 1Q21.
"It goes without saying that the world continues to face numerous challenges, whether it be geopolitical, pandemic related, or macroeconomic," said Ryan Reith, group vice president with IDC's Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers. "Almost everything that’s happened in recent months has been a headwind on the smartphone market, and realistically many other technology segments. Our research tells us Samsung and Apple have navigated the supply chain situation a bit better than their competitors, and as a result we have seen reduced orders from the next set of top OEMs. We remain of the opinion that any diminished demand will not be lost, but rather pushed forward. It's just a matter of when that demand resumes."
Despite the challenging environment, vendor positioning was not shaken up much during 1Q22. led the vendor race with the top spot, with 74.5M units, 23.7% share in 1Q21 with a 0% growth YoY but 7.9% growth compared to the last quarter. Apple came in the second position with 56.5M units and 18.0% share, with a growth of 2.2% YoY. Xiaomi registered a -17.9% growth year on year after the 3.9% growth in 4Q21. Xiaomi still captured third place with 12.7% share with 39.9M unit shipments. OPPO and vivo tied in fourth place, with 27.4M and 25.3M shipments and 8.7% and 8.0% share, with a decline of 26.8% and 27.7% year on year.
Worldwide Quarterly Smartphone Top 5 Company Shipments, 2022Q1 and 2021Q1 (M Units)
- Data are preliminary and subject to change.
- Company shipments are branded device shipments and exclude OEM sales for all vendors.
- The "Company" represents the current parent company (or holding company) for all brands owned and operated as a subsidiary.
- Figures represent new shipments only and exclude refurbished units.