Samsung knocks Apple off smartphone perch in Q1

Samsung regained its top spot in the global smartphone market in Q1, nudging Apple off the position it held a quarter ago, according to IDC.

The Korea tech giant captured a 20.3 percent marketshare while Apple had a 15.5 percent slice. Making up the top five are China smartphone makers Xiaomi, Vivo and Oppo.

All of them registered strong year over year growth over 2020, indicating that the phone market is consolidating around the top five vendors.

Overall, the global smartphone market grew 26 percent in Q1.

“The improvement in consumer outlook, sustained learning and working from home, along with pent-up demand from 2020 boosted sales of smartphones in the first quarter. However, one cannot ignore that the base for comparison is also lower in 2020, than it was in 2019. This explains the double-digit growth,” said Anshul Gupta, Senior Research Director of Gartner.