By M. Konwar
The demand for personal computers is growing due to the fact that people have to work from home. In contrast, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for smartphones is plummeting.
Research by IDC and Canalys shows that smartphone shipments in the first quarter of 2020 decreased by 12-13 percent compared to the same period last year. TrendForce reports that the production of smartphones has also fallen by 10 percent.
In general, this is the biggest reduction in the smartphone market during the year for the entire existence of smartphones.
At the beginning of the year, when the pandemic began in China, supply chain problems arose in January and February. But as coronavirus spread throughout the globe, it triggered an economic crisis that affected consumer demand.
Many people are suddenly unemployed or underemployed and may not want to spend money on a new smartphone - especially at a time when prices for flagship smartphones fluctuate around the $1,000 mark.
Many retail stores where people could upgrade their smartphones were closed, which also compounded the drop in sales.
Canalys suggests that many people still buying smartphones do so because they need to replace a broken or lost device. At the same time, those people who view smartphones as a luxury purchase may postpone updates for the time being.
Interestingly, not all smartphone manufacturers have experienced declines in sales. In the first quarter of 2020, Chinese companies Xiaomi and Vivo showed growth, while Samsung, Huawei, and Apple experienced a decline.
By M. Konwar
The analytical company Canalys published a rating of the most popular smartphone models by customers in the first quarter of this year. Despite the coronavirus pandemic and the decline in production, the top of the list is not a budget device - the flagship of the famous brand burst into the top 10 with a significant lead over the competition.
According to the published report, the rating of sales leaders in the first three months of this year is as follows:
iPhone 11 Redmi note 8 Samsung Galaxy A51 Samsung Galaxy A10S Redmi note 8 pro iPhone 11 Pro Max Samsung Galaxy A20S Samsung Galaxy A01 Redmi 8a iPhone 11Pro It is noteworthy that the top 10 global sales included only three brands. The best-selling smartphone in the first quarter of 2020 was the iPhone 11. The second place with a large margin from the leader was taken by Redmi Note 8. The third position was occupied by Samsung Galaxy A51. The South Korean company also became the leader in the number of bestsellers, taking 4 lines in the list.
Recently, the brand's CEO, Lu Weibing, said that global sales of the Redmi Note 8 exceeded 30 million units. It is expected that a new model will soon replace the popular device. The head of the company said that this month fans of branded devices will have a surprise, but did not specify which model is in question.