Leading mobile analyst firm Juniper Research estimates that the number of smartphone shipments reached 342.5 million in Q3 2015, with a slowed y-o-y growth of 8.4%, as China market slackens.
The good news for Samsung fans is that Samsung is beginning to turn its mobile unit around, with increased unit shipments and a 37% y-o-y increase in profitability. Samsung has shipped 84 million smartphones in Q3 2015. This bolsters gains made by the company’s semiconductor business, which is one of the most productive divisions for the company.
We reproduce below few other findings of Juniper Research:
Apple has posted another record-breaking 3rd quarter, with 48 million unit sales, compared to 39 million iPhones sold in Q3 2014. Apple is increasingly turning to China for this growth – with over $12 billion in revenue coming from the Far East, and continued investment in the form of new stores and developer support. Whilst the appetite for Apple products is expected to remain strong in China, future expansion may be tempered somewhat by the slower economic growth expected in the market.
Xiaomi sold an estimated 18.4 million smartphones, with the slowdown in China exacerbating the company’s troubles in the international market. This meant that Huawei was the best performing Chinese vendor of the quarter, shipping 27.4 million devices, up 63% on shipments for this period last year.
Microsoft has made 5.8 million shipments in Q3, which is 38% y-o-y decline in unit sales.
LG has posted their first ever Q3 y-o-y decline in smartphone sales along with a drop in profits from both declining sales and unfavourable exchange rates.
BlackBerry sales continue to dip ahead of its Android phone launch, with sales estimated to have dropped below 1 million devices for the first time since 2005.
Asus’s smartphone presence is steadily growing, with an estimated 6 million units shipped this quarter.