Global smartphone shipments grow 1.9% on quarter in 2Q15
Global smartphone shipments grew 1.9% sequentially to 304 million units in the second quarter of 2015, according to TrendForce.
Shipment growth slowed down in the second quarter as vendors were preparing to launch new flagship models for the second half of the year, said the market research firm.
However, China-based vendors posted a growth rate higher than the industry’s average, reaching 15.6% or 126 million units in the second quarter.
TrendForce has also lowered the smartphone shipment growth for all of 2015 to 8.2% from the previous forecast of 11.6%, citing the negative global economic outlook for the second half of 2015 and weakening demand.
Samsung Electronics continued to rank as the world’s top handset vendors with a 26.8% share in the second quarter, but its total smartphone shipments are likely to reach only 45 million units in 2015 due to weaker than expected sales of Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, estimated TrendForce.
Apple rode high on the popularity of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the first half of 2015 and is expected to see its shipments grow over 15% for all of the year.
LG’s flagship model G4 officially entered the market in the second quarter, but its sales have fallen below expectations. TrendForce has also revised LG’s annual shipment growth downwards to 8%.