Top 5 smartphone manufacturers saw increase in shipments for 2015
Analysts at IDC have released their preliminary figures for the total number of smartphones shipped in all of 2015. Accordingly, 2015 shipments were up 10.1 percent from 1.302 billion in 2014 to 1.433 billion. The last quarter of 2015 in particular accounted for nearly 30 percent of the yearly shipments with almost 400 million smartphones shipped to represent an increase of 5.7 percent compared to Q4 2014.
Meanwhile, the top 5 ranking of the world's largest smartphone manufacturers hasn't changed at all during the past year. Samsung is still first by far with a small YoY growth of 2.1 percent and an estimated shipment volume of 324.8 million throughout the year. The numbers come close to Samsung's official quarterly results, which quoted an estimated shipment volume of 325 million units. Apple is second with a larger YoY growth of 20.2 percent from 192.7 million in 2014 to 231.5 million by the end of 2015. Huawei jumped even higher percentage-wise from 73.8 million in 2014 to 106.6 million in 2015 for an increase of just over 44 percent.
Lenovo and Xiaomi are ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, and were able to ship out more smartphones compared to the previous year. In all, the top 5 worldwide manufacturers saw notable growths across the board.