The curative coronavirus outbreak has negatively affected smartphone manufacturers. However, there are signs of recovery from last year. The global smartphone market experienced a significant revival in the first quarter of 2021, with sales up 27 percent. Samsung, which is among the big companies such as Apple and Huawei, has once again become the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer despite the epidemic.
Against Apple and Huawei in the global smartphone market, Samsung took the lead with a 22 percent share, launching 76.5 million phones. U.S. sanctions against Huwaei also benefited Samsung. Huawei is currently the seventh-largest phone manufacturer in the world with sales of 18.6 million phones.
Apple was second with 52.4 million sales and a 15 percent share. Xiaomi showed its best quarterly performance ever. It increased its volume by 62 percent to third place with 49 million sales. Oppo sales rose 60 percent to 37.6 million. Vivo, on the other hand, increased phone sales volume by 48 percent. It ranked fifth with 36 million sales.
Analysts, meanwhile, have suggested that LG’s withdrawal from the mobile phone industry could be an opportunity for Motorola, TCL, Nokia, or ZTE in America. Although Covid-19 remains an important factor for phone manufacturers, a global chip shortage is now a bigger concern, he said.
The supply of critical components, such as chipsets, essential for phone manufacturing, quickly became a major problem. This issue will affect smartphone shipments in the coming quarters.