November 27 (Xinhua) — Global smartphone sales were about 387 million units in the third quarter of 2019, down 0.4 percent from the same period in 2018, according to a new study released by Gartner, an international market research firm, according tomedia reports. Samsung remains a market leader, but Huawei is also struggling to keep up.
The decline in the global smartphone market can be explained in part by the choice of mid-range models, which have a longer life and do not need to be replaced as often as previous low-grade models. In addition, some people are waiting for more 5G-enabled models to be launched, and they have delayed buying new smartphones.
In the third quarter of this year, Samsung Electronics sold more than 79 million smartphones worldwide, 5.7 million more than in the third quarter of 2018.
Despite some problems preventing Huawei from selling its next-generation smartphones, the company has performed well and has established itself as the second-largest smartphone market in the world. Huawei is the only company to achieve double-digit sales growth (26 per cent) amid a slight slowdown in the global smartphone market. Huawei’s excellence in China’s home market was the main reason for this success, with more than 40 million of its 65 million smartphones sold in the third quarter.
In a research note, Gartner listed the top five smartphone makers in the third quarter of this year’s sales volume and market share: