Global smartphone sales plunge 20pc

3 June, 2020 12:00 AM printer

WASHINGTON: Global smartphone sales saw their worst-ever slump in the first quarter as the coronavirus pandemic hit consumer spending, a market tracker said Monday.

The Gartner survey found a 20.5 per cent drop in the first three months of the year, report agencies.

The plunge came amid heightened economic uncertainty and government-ordered lockdowns in many parts of the world in March, Gartner noted.

Another factor was the shutdown of factories, many in China, which produce the handsets for most of the major global smartphone makers, noted analysts at Gartner.

The data showed Samsung keeping its leading position with 18.5 per cent of the market even though sales were down more than 22 per cent.