Global smartphone shipments over 280 million units in Q1, 2014: IDC, Strategy Analytics

The Q1 2014 smartphone numbers are in from IDC and Strategy Analytics and both research firms note that shipments were over 280 million units in the quarter. While the shipments were up 28.6 percent year-over-year basis, they declined 2.8 percent since Q4, 2013, noted IDC.

Samsung continued to remain on top as the biggest smartphone manufacturer by volume, however its market share dropped year-over-year basis because of the likes of Lenovo, which increased their market share since 2013.

Talking about IDC numbers first, according to the firm, Samsung shipped 85 million smartphones, followed by Apple with 43.7 million, Huawei with 13.7, Lenovo with 12.9 million and Huawei with 12.3 million units in Q1. Lenovo is the biggest gainer among the top five as its smartphone shipments soared 63.3percent year-over-year basis.

“The face of the smartphone market is changing rapidly to reflect the rise of its largest market, China, where a record 40% of the smartphones shipped worldwide in 1Q14 were bound to Chinese consumers. In a quarter where global shipments declined sequentially, China bucked the trend. The market benefited from its seasonal Lunar New Year uptick, greater emphasis on 4G devices following the December TD-LTE network launch, and the official launch of Apple at China Mobile resulted in volumes a third higher than 4Q13 levels,” said Melissa Chau, Senior Research Manager with IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker.

IDC Q1 2014
Source: IDC

Strategy Analytics is also reporting similar numbers with slight change. According to SA, Samsung shipped 89 million units, followed by Apple with 43.7, Huawei with 13.4 and Lenovo with 13.3 units.

Strategy Analytics Q1 2014
Source: Strategy Analytics

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