Samsung and Apple defended the top two spots in the market against their challengers from China, who, despite weakening sales in their home market, all posted double-digit sales growth. Samsung saw the most impressive quarter overall, with a whopping 19.3% increase in sales.
In comparison to Samsung, Apple’s growth looks meager, but it’s important to note that Apple’s major product of the year – the iPhone X – wasn’t available for sale until October.
“Despite market weakness in China, sales of smartphones rose in the third quarter of 2017,” said Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner. “Emerging Asia/Pacific (15 percent increase) and North America (11.2 percent increase) drove the smartphone growth in the quarter.”
Samsung’s smartphone sales recorded a double-digit increase (19.3 percent) in the third quarter of 2017.
“Renewed pushes of the newly designed Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8 smartphones have brought back growing demand for Samsung smartphones, which helped it compete against Chinese manufacturers and deliver a solid performance in the quarter,” said Mr. Gupta. “”The last time Samsung achieved a double-digit growth was in the fourth quarter of 2015.”
Xiaomi achieved the strongest growth, exhibiting an 80 percent increase in the third quarter of 2017. Xiaomi’s growth came more from international markets than from China, where it faces strong competition from Huawei, Oppo and Vivo. India continues to be the biggest and highest-growth market for Xiaomi outside China, but growing sales from Latin America and Russia are also boosting its sales.