Global Smartphone Shipments 2011 – 2021

Source: Counterpoint Market Monitor

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Global Smartphone Shipments (Millions of Units)

Counterpoint Research Global Smartphone Shipments 2021Global Smartphone Shipments 2011 – 2021:

The global smartphone market grew for the first time since 2017, with annual shipments reaching 1.39 billion units in 2021. Despite the 5% annual growth, however, annual shipments remained below the pre-pandemic level due to continued COVID-19 impacts as well as component shortages.

The global smartphone recovery in 2021 followed a pandemic-hit 2020 and subsequent pent-up demand in regions like North America, Latin America and India. Growth in the US was driven largely by demand for Apple’s first 5G-enabled iPhone 12 series seeping through to the first quarter of 2021; demand which continued throughout the year ending on a strong Q4 thanks to Black Friday and holiday season promotions. India, too, had a good year due to higher replacement rates, better availability and more attractive financing options in mid-to high-tier phones. However, China, the world’s biggest smartphone market, continued to decline due to supply-side issues caused by the ongoing component shortages, as well as demand-side issues resulting from lengthening replacement cycles.

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