16 January 2019
Chinese smartphone makers Xiaomi, Huawei, Oppo and Vivo will continue to maintain a lead in their domestic market in 2019, according to reports. The top-four vendors accounted for over 80% of total smartphone shipments in China in 2018 and will be among the world's top-10 vendors ranking list in the year.
The dominance of the four vendors will make it even harder for second-tier local smartphone makers like Gionee and Smartisan Digital, as well as for foreign brands like Samsung Electronics, Asustek Computer and HTC, making it difficult for them to survive in the Chinese market in 2019.
Globally, Samsung, Apple, Huawei and Xiaomi will be the top-four smartphone vendors in 2019, with each company shipping over 100 million units in the year. Oppo and Vivo may witness a slight dip in shipments in 2019, however, they are likely to remain on the fifth and sixth positions in 2019 with shipments touching 90 million and 70 million units, respectively,
Global smartphone shipments are unlikely to cross the 1.5 billion units shipped milestone in 2019, as 5G technologies would still unable to spur replacement demand. The report adds, that in 2020 smartphone shipments will gain momentum due to the commercialisation of 5G networks by carriers worldwide. Global smartphone shipments will reach over 1.5 billion units in 2020 and 1.7 billion units in 2023, respectively.