(Yicai Global) Nov. 3 -- Global smartphone shipments reached 373.1 million units in the third quarter of this year, up 2.7 percent from 363.4 million during the same period a year ago after a rare downturn in the second quarter, data from International Data Corp. shows.
North Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. [KRX:005930], Silicon Valley-based Apple Inc. [NASDAQ:AAPL] and Huawei Technologies Co., Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications Co. and Xiaomi Technology Co., all based in China, saw a rise in sales last quarter, with all except Apple seeing their market share improve.
Samsung and Huawei shipped 83.39 million and 39.1 million units in the third quarter, respectively, taking their market shares to 22 and 10.5 percent. Apple shipped 46.7 million units, though its market share stayed flat at 12.5 percent. Oppo sold 30.7 million handsets to moderately increase its market share.
Xiaomi was the fastest gainer among the top five, doubling sales to 27.6 million units thanks in large to success in India.
""What is clear is that the 'Others' outside of the top five leading vendors continue to struggle and the industry leaders are quickly forming two camps," said Ryan Reith, vice president at IDC.
These two camps are those driving high sales volumes, i.e. Samsung, Apple and Huawei; and Chinese smartphone makers finding their form overseas.