Moscow, may 2 — “Trace. Economy.” The global smartphone market continued to face difficulties in the first quarter. Chinese technology giant Huawei was the only one of the market leaders who managed to increase the supply, according to preliminary data from market research firm IDC.

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Global smart phone shipments in January-March decreased by 6.6 percent compared to the same period last year to 310,8 million units. The decline has been recorded for the sixth quarter in a row.

“The results this quarter are a clear indication of what 2019 will be another year of declining global shipments of smartphones. The only bright moment from the point of view of supply was Huawei…, increasing volume and share, despite difficulties in the market”, — stated in the message IDC.

Huawei in the first quarter increased smartphone shipments at 50.3 per cent compared to the same period last year to 59.1 million units. The company’s market share increased to 19%. Huawei holds the second place among global smartphone manufacturers and reduces the gap with the market leader — South Korea’s Samsung.

Samsung in the last quarter reduced the sales of smartphones by 8.1% to 71.9 million units. The company’s market share was 23.1%.

Apple ranked third with a market share of 11.7%. The American Corporation has had a difficult quarter, continuing to cede ground to competitors. The iPhone maker has reduced the supply by 30.2% yoy to 36.4 million units.

As reported “Vesti. Economy”, Apple faced stiff competition from competitors who offer cheaper smartphones. The company recently lowered the prices on some of its products, including the iPhone XS and XR, by almost 6% in some countries.

Another Chinese smartphone maker — Xiaomi — in January-March reduced the supply by 10.2% to 25 million units. The market share controlled by the company decreased to 8%.

The company vivo back in the top 5 manufacturers of smartphones, having increased deliveries by 24% to 23.2 million units and increasing its market share to 7.5%.

Fifth place is shared with vivo, OPPO with a market share of 7.4%. The company reduced the sales of smartphones in the first quarter by 6% yoy to 23.1 million units.

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