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The first-half 2021 shipments are expected to come to 650 million units while whole-year 2021 shipments are estimated to arrive at 1.32 billion units, up 6.4% from the prior year.
The COVID-19 still rampages in most regions of the world through first-half 2021 with some countries in a more desperate situation now than 2020. Smartphone supply however no longer suffers serious disruptions as it did in first-half 2020 but market demand has only recovered to a limited extent.
Based on Digitimes Research's estimates, global smartphone shipments will exhibit double-digit year-over-year growth in both the first and second quarter of 2021 due to a low comparison base a year ago.
The top-5 brands in terms of first-half 2021 smartphone shipments are Samsung, Apple, Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo, each of which enjoys large annual growth with Xiaomi doubling its growth.