The latest data form IDC has revealed that smartphone shipments had reached a record high in 2015, over 1.43 billion smartphones were shipped last year.
This is up some 10.1 percent on 2015 and companies like Huawei and Xiaomi have seen impressive growth over the last 12 months.
Samsung was in first place with sales of 324.8 million units, this was up just 2.1 percent from the previous year.
Apple was in second place again with sales of 231.5 million smartphones, although they say higher growth than Samsung of some 20.2 percent.
In third place was Huawei with sales of 106.6 million handsets, they sat an impressive growth over the previous year of 44.3%. Lenovo were in fourth with sales of 74 million units and an increase of 24.5 percent over 2015.
Fifth place went to Xiaomi who sold a total of 70.8 million smartphones, they also saw a decent increase in sales over the previous year of 22.8%.
“Usually the conversation in the smartphone market revolves around Samsung and Apple, but Huawei’s strong showing for both the quarter and the year speak to how much it has grown as an international brand,” said Melissa Chau, Senior Research Manager with IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. “While there is a lot of uncertainty around the economic slowdown in China, Huawei is one of the few brands from China that has successfully diversified worldwide, with almost half of its shipments going outside of China. Huawei is poised to be in a good position to hold onto a strong number 3 over the next year.”
The rest of the smartphone makers sold a total of 625.2 million handsets, they also saw an incease of around 4.2 percent.
The only company on the list who did not see a significant increase was Samsung, their handsets sales were up just 2.1 percent over the previous year.
Samsung are getting ready to release their new flagship smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S7 range, these handsets could help them increase their sales in 2016.
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