Worldwide Smartphone Shipments up 4.3% in Q1 2017-IDC

LTE or 4G capable smartphones contributed 96% of total smartphone shipments in January-March quarter of 2017."LTE is now a default feature for smartphones in India", the agency said. A recent report from Strategy Analytics mentioned that Xiaomi is the most preferred brand among the smartphone buyers in India.

After Samsung and Apple, Huawei again top the Chinese market and stood third in the worldwide smartphone shipments.

Barclays said that newly released premium phones like the Samsung Galaxy S8 could lead to more smartphone shipments in the next quarter. In the United States, it does not even crack the list of the top ten most popular smartphone brands, largely because it lacks agreements with the country's biggest carriers Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint.

According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker data, the global appetite for smartphones rose 4.3% in Q1 2017.

In response to IDC's new research, Barclays said Thursday in an analyst note that the smartphone shipments in the latest quarter were "decent", but "not as a good as expected".

"There is no question that 2016 was a pivotal year for the industry as growth dipped to low single digits for the first time", he added. Its American counterpart managed to close the market share gap slightly, but only because the two saw flat shipments year-over-year.

In the following slides, we've rounded up our top five takeaways from the IDC report.

The agency said that Qualcomm-embedded smartphones grew a healthy 64% year on year and growing its share in smartphone market during Q1 2017.

Talking about the other half of the market consisting of feature phones, Samsung still dominates with an vast share of 26% which is followed by the China-based iTel brand with an unexpected stake of 9%. Apple's next-generation iPhone, maybe released later in 2017, is also fully anticipating, said analysts.

This year's flagships, including the Huawei P10 and Samsung Galaxy S8, "show that innovation is still possible", according to Reith, who also pointed to whatever Apple has up its sleeve for this fall. Huawei's smartphones are seen as premium quality devices, able to withstand direct comparison to flagships from Samsung and Apple.

"Although we have seen an abundance of premium redesigned flagships that just entered the market, moving forward, we still expect most of the growth to come from more affordable models in a variety of markets".

  • Joey Payne