Samsung led shipments and outsold the competition

Samsung led shipments and according to industry analyst IDC, companies delivered 1.35 billion smartphones in 2021, up 5.7 percent from the previous year. However, due to supply chain challenges. Fewer phones were supplied in the fourth quarter of 2021 than in the fourth quarter of the previous year.

Counterpoint research on Samsung led shipments:

“In the second half of the year. Supply chain and component shortages began to have a substantial influence on the smartphone industry. And this continues to be the case as we into 2022,” said Ryan Reith, an IDC vice president of mobile device research global.

IDC also stated that foldable phones and 5G phones have sparked a lot of interest. After selling 272 million smartphones in 2021, Samsung led shipments and recovered the top spot in smartphone sales, with a 20 percent global market share. Apple came in second with 235.7 million phones sold, followed by Xiaomi (191 million), Oppo (133.5 million), and Vivo (127.3 million).

Samsung led shipments

The numbers from Counterpoint Research, which were also released on Thursday, indicated similar findings. Where also mentioned that Samsung led shipments and came up on top with 272 million phones sold. According to Counterpoint, the smartphone market has grown year over year for the first time since 2017, with Apple selling a record number of devices.

“A pandemic-hit 2020 and attendant pent-up demand led to a global smartphone return in 2021.” Apple’s first 5G phone, the iPhone 12, boosted demand, according to Harmeet Singh Walia, a senior analyst at Counterpoint.

Smartphone shipments since 2017: 

According to research company counterpoint, worldwide yearly smartphone shipments increased for the first time since 2017, hitting 1.39 billion units in 2021. And due to that Samsung led shipments.

According to the research organization, India had a successful year due to greater replacement rates. They improved availability and more appealing financing choices in mid-to high-tier phones. Despite the worldwide chip scarcity, Apple, Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo reported their highest-ever yearly shipments.

Due to the outstanding success of the iPhone 12 series, Counterpoint estimates that Apple’s worldwide smartphone shipments would hit a record 237.9 million units in 2021, up 18% from 2020.

“In 2021, the global smartphone recovery began. Following a pandemic-plagued 2020, which resulted in pent-up demand in North America, Latin America, and India. Demand for Apple’s first 5G-enabled iPhone 12 series fueled growth in the United States.”

Due to the iPhone 13, Apple reclaimed the top spot among smartphone brands in China for the first time in six years in the December-ending quarter.

Gaining smartphone during a chip shortage:

It also eclipsed Samsung led shipments as the world’s largest smartphone seller. In the latest quarter, 2021 delivered 81.5 million handsets compared to 67 million for Samsung. On the other hand as the globe recovers from the epidemic. Counterpoint predicts strong growth for smartphones in 2022, with supply difficulties likely to be resolved by the middle of the year.


According to a forecast by Counterpoint Research, Samsung led shipments and dominated worldwide yearly despite the industry growing for the first time since 2017. Despite the 4 percent yearly gain, smartphone shipments totaled 1.39 billion units this year, still falling short of pre-pandemic levels.

This, according to the market research organization, is due to ongoing COVID-19 effects as well as component shortages. Surprisingly, shipments in the fourth quarter of 2021 fell 6% year over year (YOY) to 371 million units. Meanwhile, Apple achieved record shipments, while Xiaomi had the greatest increase in the number of handsets delivered in absolute terms.

“According to Senior Analyst at Counterpoint Research, “China, the world’s largest smartphone market, continues to fall owing to supply-side challenges. Caused by continuous component shortages, as well as demand-side concerns stemming from extended replacement cycles.” He also stated that the market recovery would have been much greater if it hadn’t been for component shortages that plagued the second half of 2021.