Research firm canalys published it’s global smartphones shipment report of 2021. In 2021, OEMs shipped 363 million units in the last quarter which is a nominal 1 percent increase compared to the shipment of the last quarter of 2020. On a yearly basis, OEMs shipped 1.35 billion smartphones resulting in a growth of 7 percent compared to 2020.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the global smartphones shipment decreases 13 percent on a yearly basis. The smartphone shipment in 2021 is almost close to the pre-pandemic level as in 2019 OEM vendors shipped 1.37 billion units.
In the year 2021, OEMs faced many challenges such as global chip shortage, supply chain issues, and increasing raw material prices. With all these issues, achieving 7 percent yearly growth is very impressive and we can say that the Global smartphone shipment reached the almost pre-pandemic level in 2021.
The top five global smartphone vendors remain unchanged last year. Samsung maintains it’s top position as the biggest smartphone manufacturer globally as it shipped 274.5 million devices in 2021 and holds a 20 percent market share. Apple shipped 230.1 million devices under review and comes in the second spot with a 17 percent market share. Last quarter
Xiaomi comes in the third spot with 191.2 million devices shipped and a 14 percent market share. Oppo took the fourth spot with an 11 percent market share and 145.1 million devices shipped. Oppo’s shipment also included devices under the OnePlus brand as OnePlus is now officially part of Oppo. Vivo manages to come in the fifth spot with a 10 percent market share and 129.9 million devices shipped.
Analyst at Canalys, Sanyam Chaurasia said in a report:
“The road to recovery has been challenging for the industry, as demand still outstripped supply in many areas, […] Many vendors delivered their best performance in 2021, expanding smartphone shipments by double digits to compare with, and surpass, pre-COVID-19 levels. The key growth driver for the industry came from the vast mass market segment, especially in Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa as well as Latin America. Unfortunately, this segment also witnessed the most severe component shortages, especially in low-end 4G chipsets. Going forward, the supply imbalance will ease gradually as chipset vendors ramp up production, and the price of 5G chipsets falls, which will help 5G devices become the next volume driver in 2022.”
The challenges caused by the global pandemic are not over yet as there are still supply chain issues and global chip shortages. The global chip shortages will last longer than expected according to the reports from the United States Commerce Department. However, there are some reports that this situation is expected to get better in the coming months but still, it requires billions of dollars of investments from the OEMs to completely reach the pre-pandemic level.
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