Mobile: 2021 Forecast - 1.5B units, 11.4% Y-Y and 1/3 is 5G

According to Gartner, worldwide sales of smartphones to end users will total 1.5B units in 2021, a 11.4% growth year over year. After recording a 10.5% decline in 2020 due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the industry, smartphone sales are forecast to rebound in 2021. Mature Asia Pacific, Western Europe, and Latin America are expected to exhibit the strongest growth between 2020 and 2021. Gartner forecasts sales of 5G smartphones will total 539M units worldwide in 2021, which will represent 35% of total smartphone sales in that year. (Neowin, Gartner)

LG mobile is doing poorly and will be closed soon. Meanwhile, Sony has sold only 1M smartphones — a 23% decrease yearly. (Gizmo China, GSM Arena, Sony)

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