"Global sales of smartphones to end users totalled almost 408m units in the fourth quarter of 2017, a 5.6% decline over the fourth quarter of 2016", Gartner said. "First, upgrades from feature phones to smartphones have slowed down due to a lack of quality "ultra-low-cost" smartphones and users preferring to buy quality feature phones. Second, replacement smartphone users are choosing quality models and keeping them longer, lengthening the replacement cycle of smartphones", Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner, said in the statement.
Worldwide Smartphone Sales to End Users by Vendor in 4Q17 (Thousands of Units) Source: Gartner. Gartner says this is the first year-on-year decline since the firm started tracking the smartphone market back in 2004.
You can read the rest of Gartner's report here. At the same time, the combined market share of the Chinese vendors in the top five increased by 4.2 percentage points, while the market share of top two, Samsung (20.9%) and Apple, remained unchanged.
Xiaomi sold 28.188 million units of smartphones in the fourth quarter of a year ago, making up for 6.9 percent of the global market shares.
In Gartner's Q4 sales stats, Samsung maintained a narrow lead in global volume shipments of smartphones - but every major (top five) vendor outside of those based in China saw unit shipments slip.
Gartner attributes some of the slowdown in Q4 to the aging of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, with the S9 set to debut at the Mobile World Congress, as well as some confusion over Apple's release of three new models of iPhone and supply shortages for iPhone X. First, the later availability of the iPhone X led to slow upgrades to iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, as users waited to try the more expensive model.
Apple's iPhone X wasn't enough to boost smartphone sales in the holiday quarter.
The market has definitely reached a saturation point. Huawei came third with 9.8 per cent share market followed by OPPO and Vivo.
The report said Xiaomi's biggest market outside China is India. Since then, each passing year saw smartphone sales increase or level off, until now.
"Ahead of MWC, several phone manufacturers such as Samsung, HMD (Nokia), Asus and LG have announced that they will launch new Android smartphones". The other strategy of Xiaomi should be in increasing sales in Indonesia and other developing telecom markets in emerging APAC in order to position it as a strong global brand.
Smartphones sales to end users in 2017 totaled over 1.5 billion units, an increase of 2.7 percent from 2016, and Huawei, ranked No. 3, raised its share in 2017 by continuing to gain on Apple, the tech giant in the United States.