Counterpoint's Refurbished Smartphone tracker shows the global market grew 13% YoY in 2017, reaching 140 million units, compared with new smartphone sales growing just 3% last year.
The latest research expects plenty more handsets featuring facial recognition in 2018 alone, with the figure to grow to over a billion by 2020.
With 34.4% UK market share to Apple and 34% to Samsung, Huawei, Alcatel and Moto join them to account for almost 80% of Q3 2017 smartphone sales.
Counterpoint's Market Monitor service suggests Q3 2017 is seeing the "closest ever gap between the top three smartphone brands in China", but with OPPO and Vivo owned by the same company, isn't it thus outselling Huawei?
China’s smartphone sales grew in 2016 by 12% year-over-year, driving record volumes for local players. OPPO experienced a massive 109% growth, its BBK-owned sibling vivo 78%, Gionee and Huawei 21%, and Meizu 18%, according to data from Counterpoint Research.
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