Global smartphone sales fell 6.8% in the third quarter, but the decline wasn't due to lower demand: blame the chip crunch. However, this third quarter was positive for Apple, which is ahead of Xiaomi and has the second largest market share after Samsung.
Data comes from Gartner's most recent market intelligence report. The research firm reports that the frustrating issue of a lack of chips led to a 6.8 percent drop in smartphone sales to end users compared to the previous year. p>
Low. Anshel Gupta, Gartner's chief research officer, said the launch, longer delivery schedule and insufficient inventory are in the channel. "Display constraints have affected the production program of basic and functional smartphones much more than super smartphones." p>
Apple (48 million) was slightly ahead of Xiaomi (44 million.) Gartner wrote that upgrades to the iPhone 13 line, such as the A15 sensor and electronic camera, along with Apple's commercial apps, helped drive sales. At the same time, Xiaomi continued to expand in Europe and the Middle East, and Vivo ranked fourth, with an increase of 20.9% to 36 million, the highest annual growth rate. The third largest Chinese manufacturer on the list, OPPO, came in fifth with sales of 33 million. p>
While last year's quarantine boosted smartphone sales, more declines can be seen in the second quarter This is due to a misfortune on the slide. It affects nearly every consumer electronics product (and vehicle), from expensive graphics cards to consoles. It even prompted some PC manufacturers to sell the game without a dedicated GPU. p>
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The lack of chips led to a 6.8 percent drop in smartphone sales