Europe Smartphone Market Down 16% YoY in Q3 2022; Sequential Growth Hints at Stabilisation

  • The Europe smartphone market declined by 16% YoY to just over 40 million units in Q3 2022 as ongoing economic challenges placed further constraints on consumer demand.
  • Samsung maintained leadership despite a double-digit YoY shipment decrease.
  • Apple declined YoY as supply constraints of its new iPhone 14 series delayed some shipments into Q4.
  • Xiaomi overtook Apple as Europe’s second largest vendor thanks to significant growth in Russia, where the OEM looks to capitalise on Samsung and Apple’s official absence.
  • realme also posted strong gains in Russia and overtook OPPO as Europe’s fourth largest smartphone vendor.
  • Apple’s launch plus Xiaomi and realme’s growth helped shipments grew 4% QoQ, raising hopes for a recovery.

London, Boston, Toronto, New Delhi, Beijing, Taipei, Seoul – November 15, 2022

The European smartphone market continued to suffer from a deteriorating economic climate and ongoing geopolitical uncertainty with shipments declining by 16% year-on-year in Q3 2022, according to the latest research from Counterpoint Research’s Market Monitor service. However, Apple’s iPhone 14 launch and a significant push by Xiaomi and realme in Russia helped shipments to grow by 4% compared to Q2 2022.

Q3 2022 European Smartphone Shipments and Growth

Source: Counterpoint Research Market Monitor, Q3 2022
Note: OPPO includes OnePlus

Counterpoint Research’s Associate Director, Jan Stryjak said, “The overall climate is still bleak in Europe. Weaker consumer demand for expensive devices, exacerbated by China lockdown-related supply issues, meant Apple’s iPhone 14 launch was not as strong as expected, helping Samsung remain on the top spot. There was good news for some vendors though. Xiaomi and realme’s shipments in Eastern Europe increased significantly as they both looked to capitalise on the continued official absence of Apple and Samsung from the Russian market. This growth helped Xiaomi overtake Apple as the Europe’s second smartphone OEM, while realme became the region’s fourth largest smartphone OEM for the first time ever aided by a very difficult quarter for OPPO.”

Q3 2022 European Smartphone Shipments Share

Source: Counterpoint Research Market Monitor, Q3 2022.
Note: OPPO includes OnePlus

Commenting on the outlook for the rest of the year, Stryjak added, “With the full force of the latest iPhone launch being felt in Q4, further improvements in the coming quarter are likely. However, expectations of a tough winter will constrain consumer demand, and with some OEMs facing the challenge of excess inventory, shipments are unlikely to reach last year’s levels, let alone pre-pandemic.”



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Jan is an Associate Director with Counterpoint Research, based in London, and leads the company’s research in Europe. He is a seasoned analyst with over 13 years’ experience in the TMT sector, most recently with GSMA Intelligence where he was responsible for key research deliverables and led a team of analysts producing highly impactful regional insights. Before that, Jan held strategy and analyst positions at Vodafone and Qualcomm, and started his career with research firm TNS (now Kantar).

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