NEW DELHI: Worldwide smartphone gross sales grew by 26% within the first quarter of 2021 after a 5% drop within the final quarter of 2020, in keeping with a report by Gartner.
“The development in shopper outlook, sustained studying and dealing from dwelling, together with pent-up demand from 2020 boosted gross sales of smartphones within the first quarter,” stated Anshul Gupta, Senior Analysis Director at Gartner. “Shoppers began spending on discretionary objects because the pandemic state of affairs improved in lots of components of the world and markets opened up,” he added.
Nevertheless, the business’s pandemic-driven woes will not be over simply but. The analysis agency additionally famous that the worldwide chip scarcity could have an effect on smartphone gross sales within the coming quarter, with doable modifications within the common promoting worth (ASPs) of cell phones worldwide. The worldwide chip scarcity is ready to proceed for the following few quarters and is anticipated to have an effect on the electronics business as an entire.
In accordance with Intel chief government, Pat Gelsinger, the chip scarcity would possibly proceed for the following two years. “Whereas the business has taken steps to handle near-term constraints, it might nonetheless take a few years for the ecosystem to handle shortages in foundry capability, substrates, and elements,” Gelsinger stated at Computex 2021 final month.
Additional, whereas the demand for Apple’s iPhone remained excessive, the corporate misplaced the highest spot to Samsung. In accordance with Gartner, the South Korean smartphone maker returned to the highest spot on the again of mid-priced (beneath $150) 5G smartphones.
Nevertheless, Anshul Gupta, senior analysis director at Gartner, famous that 5G can even proceed to be a driver for Apple in 2021. “Gadget upgrades will gas demand for Apple’s flagship telephone all year long,” stated Gupta.
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