The global refurbished smartphone market saw a drop of 9% year-on-year in 2020, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says, adding that the first half of the year saw a 16% fall before a rebound occurred in the latter half.
Samsung's next flagship device, the Galaxy S21, is expected to perform better than the S20, the technology research firm Counterpoint Research says, adding however that shipments would fall far short of the 2019 flagship, the S10.
Despite having to delay the launch of its iPhone 12, Apple has continued to be the top OEM in the US in 3Q 2020, with strong sales, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research reports.
The US smartphone market rose by 31% quarter-on-quarter during the third quarter of 2020, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says, adding that, however, this was still down 6% year-on-year.
Analysts at tech research form Counterpoint Research expect Apple's iPhone sell-in volumes to grow 4% year-on-year in 2020, even though the global smartphone market is seen contracting by 10% for the year.
Sales of 5G smartphones accounted for 14% of total smartphone sales in the US in August, a big rise from just 3% in January, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says.
Global revenue in the smartwatch market grew by 20% in the first half of 2020 despite the prevailing coronavirus pandemic, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says, adding that Apple, Garmin and Huawei contributed about 69% of the revenue generated.
The sell-through of smartphones in the US — the proportion of wholesale units that are eventually sold at retail — fell by 25% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2020, the technology research firm Counterpoint Research says.
The global market for refurbished smartphones in 2019 fell by 1% year-on-year to about 137 million units, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says, adding that a 1% increase in the second half of the year was not enough to offset a decline in the first half.
Smartphone sales in the US have fallen by 21% year-on-year in the first quarter of the year, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says, adding that this was driven by store closures and stay-at-home orders later in the quarter.
South Korean giant Samsung dominated sales of 5G NR-capable smartphones in the US last year, accounting for 74% of the total of just under two million devices sold, the tech analyst firm Counterpoint Research says.
Samsung is losing users in the US to Pixel and OnePlus smartphones, the analyst firm Counterpoint Research claims, pointing out that more than a third of those who bought the Google Pixel 3 and OnePlus 6T in the final quarter of 2018 were previous Samsung owners.
The weakness in the US smartphone market continues to manifest itself, with sell-through falling by 9% in February year-on-year to 121 million units, the analyst firm Counterpoint Research says.
Smartphone sell-through in the US fell for the 14th consecutive month in January, with a 2.7% fall year-on-year, the analyst firm Counterpoint Research says, adding that this was the second consecutive year when sales decreased in the first month of the year.
Shipments of smartwatches grew globally by 53% in the third quarter year-on-year with Apple and Fitbit leading the way, the tech analysis firm Counterpoint Research claims.
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