Apple Grabs the Top Spot in the Smartphone Market in 2023 along with Record High Market Share Despite the Overall Market Dropping 3.2%, According to IDC Tracker

NEEDHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Apple–The last time a company not named Samsung was at the top of the smartphone market was 2010, and for 2023 it is now Apple. A sort of shifting of power at the top of the largest consumer electronics market was driven by an all-time high market share for Apple and a first time at the top. Overall, the global smartphone market remains challenged, but momentum is moving quickly toward recovery. According to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, global smartphone shipments declined 3.2% year over year to 1.17 billion units in 2023. While this marks the lowest full-year volume in a decade, driven largely by macroeconomic challenges and elevated inventory early in the year, growth in the second half of the year has cemented the expected recovery for 2024. The fourth quarter (4Q23) saw 8.5% year-over-year growth and 326.1 million shipments, higher than the forecast of 7.3% growth.

“While we saw some strong growth from low-end Android players like Transsion and Xiaomi in the second half of 2023, stemming from rapid growth in emerging markets, the biggest winner is clearly Apple,” said Nabila Popal, research director with IDC’s Worldwide Tracker team. “Not only is Apple the only player in the Top 3 to show positive growth annually, but also bags the number 1 spot annually for the first time ever. All this despite facing increased regulatory challenges and renewed competition from Huawei in China, its largest market. Apple’s ongoing success and resilience is in large part due to the increasing trend of premium devices, which now represent over 20% of the market, fueled by aggressive trade-in offers and interest-free financing plans.”

“The overall shift in ranking at the top of the market further highlights the intensity of competition within the smartphone market,” said Ryan Reith, group vice president with IDC’s Worldwide Mobility and Consumer Device Trackers. “Apple certainly played a part in Samsung’s drop in rank, but the overall Android space is diversifying within itself. Huawei is back and making inroads quickly within China, Brands like OnePlus, Honor, Google, and others are launching very competitive devices in the lower price range of the high end. And foldables and increased discussions around AI capabilities on the smartphone are gaining traction. Overall, the smartphone space is headed towards a very interesting time.”

Top 5 Companies, Worldwide Smartphone Shipments, Market Share, and Year-Over-Year Growth, Q4 2023 (Preliminary results, shipments in millions of units)

Company

4Q23

Shipments

4Q23 Market

Share

4Q22

Shipments

4Q22 Market

Share

4Q23/4Q22

Growth

1. Apple

80.5

24.7%

72.1

24.0%

11.6%

2. Samsung

53.0

16.3%

59.5

19.8%

-10.9%

3. Xiaomi

40.7

12.5%

33.2

11.0%

22.7%

4. Transsion

28.2

8.6%

16.7

5.6%

68.6%

5. vivo

24.1

7.4%

22.9

7.6%

5.1%

Others

99.5

30.5%

96.1

32.0%

3.5%

TOTAL

326.1

100.0%

300.6

100.0%

8.5%

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, January 15, 2024

Top 5 Companies, Worldwide Smartphone Shipments, Market Share, and Year-Over-Year Growth, Calendar Year 2023 (Preliminary results, shipments in millions of units)

Company

2023

Shipments

2023 Market

Share

2022

Shipments

2022 Market

Share

2023/2022

Growth

1. Apple

234.6

20.1%

226.3

18.8%

3.7%

2. Samsung

226.6

19.4%

262.2

21.7%

-13.6%

3. Xiaomi

145.9

12.5%

153.2

12.7%

-4.7%

4. OPPO

103.1

8.8%

114.4

9.5%

-9.9%

5. Transsion

94.9

8.1%

72.6

6.0%

30.8%

Others

361.8

31.0%

377.2

31.3%

-4.1%

TOTAL

1,166.9

100.0%

1,205.9

100.0%

-3.2%

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, January 15, 2024

Notes:

Data are preliminary and subject to change.

Company shipments are branded device shipments and exclude OEM sales for all vendors.

The “Company” represents the current parent company (or holding company) for all brands owned and operated as a subsidiary.

Figures represent new shipments only and exclude refurbished units.

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Contacts

Nabila Popal

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Anthony Scarsella

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Ryan Reith

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Michael Shirer

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