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Enterprise sales of smartphones show low 5G uptake

There is little demand for new devices and 5G technology, as enterprises focus on saving cash rather than upgrading corporate smartphones, says Gartner

Worldwide sales of smartphones to end users totalled 295 million units, a decline of 20.4% in the second quarter of 2020, according to analyst Gartner.

Gartner reported that Samsung recorded the largest decline among the top five global smartphone manufacturers. It sold nearly 55 million smartphones in the second quarter of 2020, a decline of 27.1% year on year (YoY), according to Gartner’s Worldwide top 5 smartphone sales to end users by vendor in 2Q20 research.

Gartner reported that Apple’s smartphone sales were nearly flat YoY, selling 38 million iPhones in the second quarter of 2020, a decline of 0.4% YoY. Although Huawei also declined in smartphone sales YoY, the analyst firm said Huawei experienced 27.4% growth, quarter-over-quarter, moving it into a virtual tie with Samsung for the top position.

“Apple’s iPhone sales fared better in the quarter than most smartphone vendors in the market and also grew sales quarter on quarter,” said Annette Zimmermann, research vice-president at Gartner.

“The improved business environment in China helped Apple achieve growth in the country. In addition, the introduction of the new iPhone SE encouraged users of older phones to upgrade their smartphones.”

Looking at demand from enterprises for smartphone devices, Zimmermann said: “At the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, we were seeing requests from clients asking about new devices. But for the past two to three months, it has been quiet. Everyone is trying to hold on to their…

Cliff Saran

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