Apple beats Samsung in phone sales for first time since 2016

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Apple best out Samsung to become the world’s leading seller of smartphones in the fourth clemency of 2020, according to a new data report by research firm Gartner. Samsung had outsold Apple since the in any case quarter in 2016.

Gartner estimates that Apple sold 79.94 million during the chambers, while Samsung managed to sell 62.17 million. Samsung did not notice new flagship phones that quarter. Apple’s sales were whirled by the introduction of the new iPhone 12 lineup, which generally sold control superiors than the previous year’s iPhone updates. Apple sold 69.6 million iPhones in the fourth spot of 2019.

However, this victory for Apple happened amid a general debility of the smartphone market. Overall smartphone sales declined 12.5 percent in 2020 and by 5.4 percent in the fourth district.

The lower rate of decline in the quarter compared to the rest of the year was credited to “sales of more 5G smartphones and lower-to-mid-tier smartphones,” according to Gartner’s Anshul Gupta.

Samsung saw an entire decline in smartphone sales throughout 2020 of 14.6 percent, all the same the company still remained the top smartphone seller across the year, regardless of Apple’s Q4 triumph. Gartner notes that Samsung is facing fierce competition in innumerable markets from Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo—all of which grew during the year.

At the unaltered time, a beleaguered Huawei saw the biggest sales drop of the year. Its sellings fell 24.1 percent. Gupta said that 2021’s smartphone sales marathons will be driven by adoption of 5G phones outside of China.

Not all iPhone 12 exemplars sold equally, however. We reported earlier this month that the iPhone 12 mini removed considerably fewer units than the iPhone 12 or even the iPhone 12 Pro—bad telecast for lovers of small phones. Nonetheless, some analysts and leakers forebode the mini size will return in the iPhone 13 lineup up to the minuter this year.

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