SEOUL, May 1 — Samsung Electronics Co maintained the top spot in the global smartphone market in the first quarter of 2020, data showed today, although it sold fewer devices as the new coronavirus pandemic weighed down sales around the globe, reported Yonhap News Agency.
The South Korean tech giant sold 58.3 million units of smartphones in the January-March period, taking up 21.2 per cent of the global market, according to the data compiled by industry tracker Strategy Analytics.
The number of devices sold marked a whopping 19 per cent drop from 71.8 million units posted a year earlier, the industry tracker added.
The combined sales of the global smartphone market reached 274 million units in the first quarter, plunging 17 per cent on-year.
The lacklustre performance came amid the Covid-19 pandemic, which has infected at least 3.2 million around the globe.
“Demand for smartphones slammed to a halt in the quarter, as the Covid-19 virus scare shut down major economies like China and shoppers placed their spending plans on hold,” Strategy Analytics said in its report.
“Despite a strong lineup of A, S and Note series models, Samsung was unable to escape the virus-led plunge in smartphone demand,” it added.
China-based Huawei Technologies Co followed with 48.5 million units sold in the first quarter, down 18 per cent on-year. US arch rival Apple Inc sold 39.2 million units in the first quarter, down 9 per cent over the period.
Despite a slump in its smartphone shipments in the January-March period, Samsung, also the country’s top chipmaker, still had better-than-expected first-quarter earnings from its mobile business division.
Its mobile business unit posted sales of 26 trillion won (RM91.5 billion), down 4.4 per cent from a year earlier, but operating profit jumped 16.7 per cent on-year to 2.65 trillion won. — Bernama