2018 wasn't a great year for smartphone sales. According to the latest research by Gartner, the total number of devices sold rose from 407.845 million to 408.358 million, which is a tiny 0.1% growth. The biggest loser was Apple, selling 11.8% fewer units in the last holiday period compared with the same quarter in 2017.
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Samsung also sold fewer units YoY in Q4 2018 but managed to stay ahead due to the massive gap from competitors. Huawei managed to increase its sales by one third and is now challenging Apple for the second place. Xiaomi jumped ahead of Oppo in the Top 5 with 6 million more units sold.
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According to Gartner, Apple sales declined mostly in Greater China, where the market share fell to 8.8% from 14.6% in the previous year. In total for the whole of 2018, the iPhone manufacturer sold 209 million phones which is 2.7% less than the twelve months of 2017. The reason is buyers are now delaying upgrades as waiting for bigger innovations and are seeing more affordable alternatives from Chinese vendors, said Anshul Gupta, Senior Research Director at Gartner.
You are right for number 3 only. IPhone X came out in Q4 2017 while iPhone XS released in Q3 2018 so some of sales lost right there. Rich Chinese dont buy the Q4 released iPhone XR, and lower class Chinese cant even afford iPhone XR. ...
Phones keep getting expensive. so they all lose market share and replace with new players like Mi
At least Number still increase, but non of top sales have something new to over custumers. in other hands custumers bought copypaste phone, make manufacture wont put big RnD