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Global smartphone shipments up 10.3% in 2015

  • Author:Nora
  • Release on:2016-01-15

Global smartphone shipments grew 10.3% on year to 1.293 billion units in 2015, with 539 million units shipped by China-based vendors, according to TrendForce.

China-based makers combined accounted for an over 40% share of the global smartphone market, and also took seven of the top-10 spots in the global vendor ranking in 2015, said the market research firm.

Samsung Electronics shipped 320 million smartphones in 2015, representing a decrease of 1.8% on year, and the vendor's first-ever annual decline. The top global vendor also saw its global market share fall to 24.8% in 2015, down from 27.8% in the previous year. Samsung is also expected to see its share decline further to 22.2% in 2016, said TrendForce.

Apple retained its second ranking position in 2015 with 227 million iPhones shipped, translating to an annual growth of 17.7% and a 17.5% worldwide market share.

Meanwhile, TrendForce anticipates Apple's shipment growth for 2016 to be in the single digits and its market share to decline to 16.8% in the year.

Huawei edged out Lenovo for the first time to become the third-largest vendor globally, and also the top vendor in China. Huawei shipped 108 million smartphones in 2015 and aims to ship 130 million units in 2016. The China-based vendor is also expected to see its market share further climb to 9.3% in 2016 after rising to 8.4% in 2015 from 7.9% of a year earlier.

LG Electronics shipped 68 million smartphones in 2015, increasing 7.9% from a year earlier. The company took the sixth position in 2015 with a 5.3% share.