Samsung maintains grip on global smartphone sales crown, report reveals

From CNET: Samsung's wide selection of phones worked in its favor in the first quarter of the year, a report from analyst Gartner revealed Monday. The Korean company held more than 20% of the smartphone market share, with more than 76.5 million sold.

The figure matches the one reported by research firm Canalys in April. Gartner credited Samsung's cheaper phones and its flagship 5G ones for fuelling its growth.

Apple held 15.5%, with phone sales of over 58.5 million. Chinese phone makers Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo rounded out the top five, with sales of 48.9 million, 38.7 million and 38.3 million respectively.

"5G will continue to be the major growth driver for Apple in 2021," Anshul Gupta, Gartner's senior research director, said in a release. "Device upgrades will fuel demand for Apple's flagship phone throughout the year."

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