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[Omdia] Samsung fell but ruled 2022 smartphone market, what about others?



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Omdia Analysis Highlights:

  • Samsung sold 259 million smartphones in 2022
  • Apple was the biggest smartphone vendor in Q4, 2022
  • Samsung’s market share declined by 4.8% YoY

Omdia’s smartphone preliminary shipment report// In the fourth quarter of 2022, global smartphone shipments totaled 301.5 million units, which is the same as the third quarter, but decreased by 15.4% YoY. Usually, Q4 sees the most shipments but this year’s last quarter faced a drop of 0.7% than the previous quarter.

In Q4 2022, Apple sold 74 million units of iPhone models, however, shipments increased by 41.6% from the previous quarter, and fell by 13.3% year-on-year. Samsung, as per previous trends, dropped from first place to second place with shipments of 58 million units and a 15.4% drop YoY.

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2022 was the worst year for the smartphone market with overall shipments of 1.207 billion units, a year-on-year decrease of 9.9% from 1.34 billion units last year. Samsung’s final shipments in 2022 will be 259 million units, ranking first in the world, but compared with 2021’s 272 million units, it will drop by 4.8%.

The most affected are manufacturers in China, with shipments of Xiaomi, Vivo and OPPO all dropping by double digits year-on-year. Honor is the only major player with year-on-year growth, reaching 59 million units in 2022, compared to 40 million units in 2021.

In recent quarters in 2022, most Chinese manufacturers have continued to decline. Xiaomi, Vivo, and OPPO ranked third to fifth respectively in the fourth quarter, whereas shipments fell by over 25% year-on-year. Talking about shipments, Xiaomi 33 million, Vivo 24 million, and Oppo 23 million.

Transsion ranked sixth in shipments in the last quarter, reaching 17 million units, slightly lower than the previous quarter and last year’s 18 million units. Honor’s shipments totaled 14 million units in the fourth quarter, in line with the previous quarter, but slightly down from 15 million units last year.

Realme ranked eighth with sales of 11 million units, facing a 16.9% decline from the previous quarter and a massive 31.5% decline from the previous year. It is surprising that realme has fallen more and faster than its mid-to-high-end price-focused competitors, possibly due to inventory problems in 2022.

Motorola ranked ninth with sales of 11 million units, flat with the previous quarter, but down 10.4% from the previous quarter. Huawei maintained its tenth place, with shipments of 7.5 million units, down 12.8% QoQ, but, with a sizzling jump by about 60% than the last year.

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India’s Fire-Boltt makes Apple happy with ‘sweet’ Samsung overtake



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Apple leads the worldwide smartphone market, while India’s Fire-Boltt managed to surpass Samsung in the first quarter of 2023. To proceed ahead, it’s important to mention that there’s no comparison between smartwatches manufactured by Samsung and Fire-Boltt. Here’s why:

Types of smartwatches:

  • HLOS smartwatch: Smartwatch running a high-level OS, such as Watch OS (Apple) or Wear OS (Samsung), with the ability to install third-party apps.
  • Basic smartwatch: Smartwatch running a lighter version of an OS, with no ability to install third-party apps.

Counterpoint Research recently published its market analysis of the worldwide smartwatch market. The data revealed that Apple continues to lead the smartwatch market, while India’s Fire-Boltt surpassed Samsung for the first time in terms of numbers.


In the first quarter of 2023, Apple’s shipment volume fell 20 percent year on year. As a result, the company’s market share dropped to 26 percent, which was 32 percent in the first quarter of 2022.


For the first time, Fire-Boltt surpassed Samsung, resulting in ranking second on the global market. The Indian brand has approx 3x shipments increment compared to the previous year with 57 percent growth QoQ.


Samsung secured an incredible 15 percent shipments increment in key market North America, but a decline from other markets made it lose the runner-up position on the chart. The company’s global shipments declined by 21 percent QoQ and 15 percent YoY.


Huawei’s shipments in China declined by 14 percent YoY, but it has increased shipments in India, LATAM, and MEA, limiting its overall decline in global shipments to 9%.

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Samsung controls 3/4 slice of the foldable smartphone market



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Samsung owns the largest slice of the global smartphone market share, with rivals in 2nd and 3rd including Apple and Xiaomi, respectively. A recent TrendForce report reveals that Samsung controls about 70 percent (3/4) of the overall foldable smartphone market (with 13 million units shipment).

According to the data, Samsung continues to lead other brands in foldable smartphone market research and production technologies. The company already controls the largest 70 percent piece of the overall market, which would further solidify with the release of Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Flip 5 this July.

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The South Korean tech giant is likely to unveil its next-generation Fold/Flip phones in late July and release to the market in August. The major upgrades are a significantly larger cover display on the Flip 5 and a new waterdrop hinge technology on the Fold 5.

The research agency predicts market size falling short of 1.2 billion units. However, it is estimated that foldable phones’ shipments will reach 19.8 million units in 2023, marking an impressive YoY growth rate of 55% compared to 12.8 million units last year.

Samsung foldable smartphone market

Chinese brands like Huawei, OPPO, Vivo, Xiaomi, and Honor have all joined the race for foldable smartphones. Huawei’s Pocket S, released in 2022, has seen a warm reception in the consumer market, thanks to its appealing design and competitive pricing, despite being equipped with a 4G processor.

Last year, Huawei’s market share stood at around 10% and is expected to approach 20% this year. Other Chinese brands hold around 3–5% market share in the foldable smartphone sector. If they can extend their foldable devices into global channels, their sales volumes are expected to rise even further.

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Samsung sold most phones in Southeast Asia but Apple shined



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Market research agency Counterpoint Research revealed smartphone shipments in 5 key countries in Southeast Asia in the first quarter of 2023 fell by 13% year-on-year. Among the top five manufacturers in Southeast Asia, Apple was the only one to achieve positive growth, while Samsung was the number one vendor.

Note: Key Southeast Asia countries/markets include Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia.

The report shows that the five Southeast Asian markets including Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Malaysia were affected by a combination of factors such as sluggish demand and seasonal decline, with year-on-year decreases of 7%, 1%, 10%, 30% and 29% respectively.

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Southeast Asia is at a stage where different consumer types are behaving in a different manners. Low-end smartphone buyers are recovering but they are not just there yet.

Mid-to-high-end smartphone buyers are holding on to their wallets and extending the ownership of their phones, while high-to-premium smartphone buyers are unaffected by the economics of the situation.

These consumers are going out and choosing to buy the S series, foldables and iPhones. While 5G is becoming a norm, operators are coming out with creative packages and providing options for all types of smartphones.

The coming months are likely to see a bit more improvement in consumer sentiment while governments make sure that their countries remain largely unaffected by global macro issues.

Here’s the data in quick-view format:

  • Samsung fell by 16% year-on-year, and its market share fell from 22% to 21%
  • OPPO fell by 10% year-on-year, and its market share increased from 19% to 20%
  • Vivo fell 26% year-on-year, and its market share fell from 17% to 14%
  • Xiaomi fell by 13% year-on-year, and its market share remained at 14%
  • Realme fell 5% year-on-year, and its market share increased from 11% to 12%
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