Worldwide smartphone shipments fall in 2017

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Smartphone sales across the world dropped in the last quarter of 2017 despite a high-profile launch from Apple, new figures have shown.

The latest report from IDC found that a disappointing holiday 2017 period meant that global smartphone shipments reached 403.5 million units during the last three months of the year, a 6.3 per cent decline compared to the same period in the previous year.

This was despite Apple launching the iPhone X late in 2017 in one of its highest-profile launches to date, with the company seeing a 1.3 per cent decline in volumes compared to 2016. However it still ended the quarter as the top smartphone vendor, shipping 77.3 million units.

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Samsung ended 2017 as the world’s top smartphone maker, shipping 317.3 million units in the year, a 1.9 per cent increase from 2016 as it consolidated its hold on the market.

Elsewhere, Huawei clung on to its third-place position in the global market, with strong results across all its product lines, but the company is being pursued by fellow Chinese firms Xiaomi and Oppo, the former of which doubled its share of the smartphone market.

Overall, a total of 1.472 billion units were shipped in 2017, representing a minor decrease of less than one per cent from the previous year.

This article was sourced fromTechRadar

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