The COVID-19 outbreak has had a wide impact around the world, according to a recent report smartphone sales were down around 20 percent in quarter one of 2020.
The news comes in a report from Gartner who have said that global smartphone sales dropped 20.2 percent in the first quarter.
Some companies were hit worse that others, Samsung saw sales decline by almost 23 percent and Huawei around 27 percent, Apple’s sales were down around 10 percent.
Table 1. Worldwide Smartphone Sales to End Users by Vendor in 1Q20 (Thousands of Units)
|1Q20 Market Share (%)||1Q19|
|1Q19 Market Share (%)||1Q20-1Q19 Growth (%)|
Due to rounding, some figures may not add up precisely to the totals shown.
Source: Gartner (June 2020)
“The coronavirus pandemic caused the global smartphone market to experience its worst decline ever,” said Anshul Gupta, senior research analyst at Gartner. “Most of the leading Chinese manufacturers and Apple were severely impacted by the temporary closures of their factories in China and reduced consumer spending due to the global shelter-in-place.”
Many of the companies affected are expected to return to normal sales levels once the global outbreak of COVID-19 is under control.