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Global Smartphone Shipments Crossed 1 Billion in 2016

Apple had a record quarter shipping 78.3 million iPhones in all important holiday season, surpassing Samsung in overall smartphone market share.

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Updated:February 1, 2017, 2:40 PM IST
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Global Smartphone Shipments Crossed 1 Billion in 2016
Global smartphone shipment crossed 1 billion in 2016. (Image: News18.com)

The global smartphone shipments grew three percent annually in 2016. However, in fourth quarter of 2016 smartphone shipments reached the record 440 million units with a year-on-year growth of nine percent, a report by market analytics firm Counterpoint Research revealed on Wednesday.

Apple had a record quarter shipping 78.3 million iPhones in all important holiday season, surpassing Samsung in overall smartphone market share.

Smartphone shipments reached 1,512 million units in 2016 with four out five smartphones shipped were LTE enabled.

"Going forward, we estimate LTE to be a dominant technology for mass market adoption with Gigabit LTE to start providing the foundation next year for premium high-speed mobile broadband before the 5G rollout takes over by 2022," said Tarun Pathak, Associate Director at Counterpoint Research.

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Samsung led the smartphone market by volume with a market share of 21 percent in 2016. Its smartphone shipments declined four percent year-on-year registering 310 million units during the year.

Huawei shipments reached a record 139 million units with 28 percent year-on-year growth. Oppo and Vivo grew 112 percent and 78 percent year-on-year reaching 93 and 72 million units in 2016, the findings showed.

Xiaomi, the most talked about vendor last year, slipped to seventh spot globally during the year as the demand for its smartphones declined 16 percent annually.

Oppo, Huawei, Vivo, Meizu and Gionee drove the majority of the volume, capturing a combined 58 percent of the total Chinese smartphone market in 2016, the report added.

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