Berlin smartphones are still in high demand in the corona pandemic. In the first quarter, sales increased by 26 percent to almost 378 million devices, the market research company Gartner announced on Monday. “Better prospects for consumers, continued learning and working from home, and pent-up demand from 2020 have boosted smartphone sales in the first quarter,” said Gartner expert Anshul Gupta. Consumers are now spending money on luxury items again. In addition, comparatively few smartphones were sold in the same period.
At the start of the year, Samsung Electronics undone Apple’s throne won in the Christmas business and took the top rank with more than 76 million smartphones sold. Customers particularly liked devices that cost less than $ 150. Apple came in second place with just under 58.6 million iPhones. The demand was again pushed by the 5G-enabled models such as the iPhone 12. “5G will remain the main growth driver for Apple in 2021,” Gupta said. Behind Apple, the three Chinese suppliers Xiaomi, Vivo and Oppo lined up.