Smartphone sales continued their downward trend in the second quarter of 2019. The figures are from the Gartner analyst group, and confirm the trend that was already happening during the first quarter of the year.
The figure to be recorded is 1.7% – this is the percentage of decline compared to the same period last year. Although this sounds like a small number, it is the result of an overall decrease in orders from 374 million to 368 million.
This decline is due to prices which are increasing for the premium segment, and there are fewer and fewer features than justify the change with each new generation. In addition, cycles between new major releases are in some cases shorter.
The five most important smartphone markets
In the five most important smartphone markets, only China and Brazil saw growth. At 0.5% compared to the same period of 2018. Which is insufficient to change the state of affairs. Gartner notes that some of China’s growth may be due to manufacturers looking to move old flagship stock to make way for 5G models. Additional 5G phones, coupled with more carrier coverage, could drive sales a bit as well in future quarters.
India is no less than the second most important market in the world. With a fall of 2.3% over the second quarter of 2018. Gartner analysts expect this trend to continue until the end of the year.
If Apple confirms declines in its sales, both Samsung and Huawei are up during this period. Samsung’s growth is due to its bet on the A-series. Huawei, on the other hand, seems to have been helped by the ban on Donald Trump, as its sales continued to rise during this period.