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Apple ahead of both Samsung and Huawei in smartphone race

Apple ahead of both Samsung and Huawei in smartphone race
Apple ahead of both Samsung and Huawei in smartphone race
Samsung is still king when it comes to combined worldwide shipments of smartphones and feature phones, but the South Korean manufacturer is now lagging behind Apple by a mere 0.1 percent in pure smartphone shipments.

According to market analytics firm Counterpoint Research, the global smartphone market continued to grow throughout the end of last year. Q4 2016 experienced a growth of 8 percent YoY with over three-quarters of all sales being represented by only 10 manufacturers.

The biggest takeaway from the data is that Samsung has fallen behind Apple in worldwide smartphone shipments at 17.8 percent versus 17.9 percent from the Cupertino company. The Galaxy Note 7 kerfuffle may have been partly responsible for the lower Samsung smartphones sales that had allowed Apple to catch up during the quarter. When taking into account both smartphones and budget cellphones, however, Samsung comes out on top in terms of combined worldwide shipments.

Chinese manufacturers make up the rest of the top 7 list. Huawei is a distant third at 10.3 percent followed by Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE at 7.1 percent, 5.4 percent, and 3.9 percent, and 3.7 percent, respectively. 

The overall mobile market is showing signs of growth especially in developing regions such as India, Indonesia, Vietnam, and South Africa. These areas are expected to be attractive opportunities for major manufacturers to push their latest gadgets early and ahead of the competition before the marketplace becomes saturated.

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Allen Ngo, 2017-04- 9 (Update: 2017-04-10)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.