Smartphone sales plummet

@ 2021/11/24
Mobile revolution grinds to halt

Third quarter smartphone sales are stalling due to decelerated production schedules, Gartner beancounters reported today.

After adding up some numbers and dividing by their collective shoe size, Big G number crunchers said that sales to consumers dropped 6.8 percent. A deficit in parts like integrated circuits for power management and radio frequency has hurt smartphone production worldwide.

Gartner senior research director Anshul Gupta "Despite strong consumer demand, smartphone sales declined due to delayed product launches, longer delivery schedule, and insufficient inventory at the channel."

The analyst added that the production schedules of "basic and utility" phones were more affected by supply constraints than "premium" ones.

Premium smartphone sales actually increased during this time period, even though smartphone sales overall declined. Still, shoppers were left with limited options, Gartner noted.

Samsung ended up winning the greatest market share (20.2 percent), thanks to its foldable smartphones. Apple's quarterly market share was a pretty disappointing 14.2 percent.

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