Cease me in the event you’ve heard this one earlier than. Smartphone gross sales are down. Once more. After years of progress, the smartphone market’s current slide has continued into the second quarter of 2019, per numbers from analyst group, Gartner.
At 1.7% yr over yr, it’s not an enormous slice of the general pie, however it does level to a continued downside for producers, dropping from 374 million to 368 million. The most important hit continues to be within the excessive finish of the market, as larger costs coupled with longer refresh cycles and fewer compelling options proceed to contribute to the decline.
Of the highest 5 markets, solely China and Brazil noticed progress. At 0.5%, nevertheless, China’s slight bump wasn’t sufficient to show issues round. Curiously, Gartner notes that a few of China’s progress could also be resulting from producers seeking to transfer outdated flagship inventory to make method for 5G fashions. Extra 5G telephones, coupled with extra provider protection, might drive gross sales a bit as properly in future quarters.
The quantity two market, India, noticed a 2.3% drop y-o-y, as shopper upgrades from characteristic telephones to smartphones started to sluggish. The agency anticipates that gross sales will proceed to stay sluggish by means of the tip of 2019.
Apple continued to see declines, although these have slowed in comparison with the hit it took within the first quarter. Samsung and Huawei, in the meantime, have been uncommon vibrant spots. Samsung’s progress was led primarily by mid-range and entry-level handsets like its Galaxy A collection, whereas the deferment of Huawei’s U.S. ban helped enhance its sale a bit for the quarter.