We continue to live in a pandemic world, but that does not mean the end of humanity. Some countries have already moved and seemingly redeemed lost months of being locked up. Many are still suffering, facing a second and third wave. But then life must go on for most of us. In the mobile market, we have seen how the coronavirus changed the rules of the game. Brands and service providers have adjusted, big or small, and we can expect more changes, innovations, or new inventions to come.
We are now in the second quarter of the year, which means that the figures for the first quarter of 2021 are ready. Canalys solo reported some good news. Phone shipments reached 347 million, about 27% more than last year.
At the top of the ranking is Samsung with a 22.5% stake (76.5 million) followed by Apple obtaining 15% of the market with 52.4 million iPhones. The iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 were in demand. The iPhone 12 Mini didn’t really perform well, contrary to expectations.
Third is Xiaomi with 49 million units. It is said that it was 62% better last year. Huawei has come out and dropped to seventh place, selling just 18.6 million units.
Xiaomi is back as the main Chinese OEM. Depending on the numbers and reports, others may say that OPPO has overtaken Huawei and Xiaomi in the Chinese mobile market. Huawei’s numbers may really go down in 2021 and that’s what’s happening now.
Xiaomi still has potential to grow, especially with the Mi 11 Ultra and the Mi Mix Fold. Both are even more affordable compared to Samsung’s premium flagship phones.