Samsung continued to dominate global smartphone shipments in the second quarter of 2021, but Xiaomi won the most, according to the latest report from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. Xiaomi has moved to the second position for the first time, pushing Apple to the third position in the second quarter of 2021. The decline in Huawei shipments and LG’s withdrawal from the smartphone business led to a slight shift in market positions this quarter. Total shipments rose 13.2 percent year-on-year, slightly above IDC’s 12.5 percent forecast. Smartphone vendors shipped a total of 313.2 million devices during the quarter.
IDC reports that Samsung shipped 59 million devices in the second quarter of 2021, gaining a market share of 18.8 percent, becoming the leading supplier. The South Korean giant shipped 54 million units last year in the same quarter. Xiaomi, on the other hand, saw a significant increase in shipments over the same period last year, with 53.1 million units shipped in the second quarter of 2021, accounting for 16.9 percent of the market share. This is a huge increase from 28.5 million units shipped in the same quarter last year, representing 10.3 percent of the market share. The company’s supply volume increased by 86.6% compared to the same period last year.
Apple moved up to number three, IDC said, with 44.2 million shipments and 14.1 percent of the market. In the same quarter last year, Apple shipped 37.6 million devices and took 13.6% of the market. Oppo and Vivo took the third and fourth positions on the IDC list with 32.8 million and 31.6 million shipments, respectively. Both smartphone manufacturers each took 10.5% and 10.1% of the market share.
In markets where Huawei and LG are strongest (China and the US), companies face different chances of gaining market share. In the US, IDC reports that Motorola, TCL and OnePlus have posted annual gains beyond what they’ve seen in recent years due to LG’s departure. In China, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and Apple continued to benefit from Huawei’s rapid decline.
IDC reports that Chinese brand Realme posted the fastest year-on-year growth of the top 10 at 149 percent, with more than three-quarters of its volume coming from outside of China.