Global sales of smartphones to end users totaled 383 million units in the third quarter of 2017, a 3 percent increase YoY, according to Gartner. All of the top five smartphone vendors achieved double-digit growth apart from Apple, which achieved a 5.7 percent increase.
Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner said: “Emerging Asia/Pacific (15 percent increase) and North America (11.2 percent increase) drove the smartphone growth in the quarter.”
Samsung’s smartphone sales recorded a double-digit increase (19.3 percent) in the third quarter of 2017.Gupta said: “The last time Samsung achieved a double-digit growth was in the fourth quarter of 2015.”
Xiaomi achieved the strongest growth with an increase of 80% in Q3.
"The arrival of Apple's new flagship iPhones at the end of the third quarter of 2017 has delayed smartphone purchases into the fourth quarter of 2017," said Gupta. "Following compelling offers on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the holiday season will likely boost sales of smartphones before the end of the year. We estimate the fourth quarter’s smartphone sales will boost total sales for the full year. We expect smartphone sales will reach 1.57 billion units in 2017," he added.