At the same time the world of mobile descends upon Barcelona for Mobile World Congress (MWC), Gartner has reported the first ever fall in the sales of smartphones.
During the fourth quarter of 2017, sales reached 408 million units – a decrease of 5.6 percent. Both Samsung and Apple saw their market share increase, but overall shipments fall as only Chinese manufacturers Xiaomi and Huawei recorded growth.
Analysts say that some extenuating circumstances contributed to the drop and that it should be business as normal for the first quarter of 2018, but expensive handsets have led to a change an user habits.
Smartphone sales drop
“Two main factors led to the fall in the fourth quarter of 2017,” said Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner. “First, upgrades from feature phones to smartphones have slowed down due to a lack of quality ‘ultra-low-cost’ smartphones and users preferring to buy quality feature phones.
“Second, replacement smartphone users are choosing quality models and keeping them longer, lengthening the replacement cycle of smartphones.
“Moreover, while demand for high quality, 4G connectivity and better camera features remained strong, high expectations and few incremental benefits during replacement weakened smartphone sales.”
Samsung maintained its position at number one and its market share even increased from 17.8 per cent to 18.2 per cent.
This article was sourced fromTechRadar