Samsung Electronics has overtaken Apple to become the world’s leading smartphone maker. Reuters reports that the South Korean company has marketed the most smartphones worldwide in the first quarter of this year, from January to March. They account for 22 percent of global sales.
In the second place is Apple Inc. of the United States. In third place is Xiaomi Corporation of China. According to market research firm Canalys, Xiaomi showed their best performance in the last quarter. The company has sold a total of 49 million smartphones.
In the same period, the total global smartphone sales increased by 27 percent to 348 million. One of the reasons for this is the rapid growth of China’s economy after the Corona epidemic. The United States, meanwhile, is on track to recover from the coronavirus vaccine.
From January to March, the South Korean company Samsung has released 78.5 million smartphones in the market. Due to higher sales of Galaxy S21 series smartphones, the company’s mobile phone business has increased its profit by 6 percent in the same period.
Apple has sold 52.4 million iPhones, accounting for 15 percent of the market, according to Canalys. However, Apple is still selling a record number of smartphones in key markets such as the United States, China, India, and Japan, said Varun Mishra, an analyst at research firm Counterpoint. He noted that the iPhone Pro Max model was the best-selling model in the United States.
Sales of smartphones have increased significantly in the last year due to working from home during the Coronation period. However, the crisis of semiconductor chips has intensified due to the increase in the purchase of electronic devices. Now the car and home appliance industry is suffering more from this crisis.
Ben Stanton, an analyst at Canalys, says the supply of essential components, such as chipsets, has suddenly become a significant concern. This will make it challenging to ensure the supply of smartphones in the coming margins.
Apple said on Wednesday that the chipset crisis could cost the company between 300 billion and 400 billion in the April-June quarter. More damage will be done to the production of the iPad and MacBook.
Sales of smartphones from Chinese companies Apo and Vivo also increased in the last quarter. However, once at the top of the market, Huawei is now the seventh-largest smartphone seller in the United States.