According to a study conducted by the firm to Gartner, sales of smart phones in the world fell by 5.6% in the fourth quarter of 2017 . This is the first decline in this category in 2004.
Chinese manufacturers Huawei and Xiaomi smartphones were the ones who reported cont growth as much in annual terms, by 7.6% and 7.9%, respectively.
"The transition from traditional mobile phones to smartphones has slowed down due to the lack of quality in relation to low-cost models. Therefore, users prefer to buy quality and affordable feature phones ", - said Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner.
Samsung has retained the top spot in terms of sales in the world, increasing its market share from the fourth quarter of 2016, despite a drop of 3.6% in the previous quarter. Apple's sales fell by 5% year on year, sales of the Oppo - by 3.9%.
All five of the leading manufacturers in 2017 reported an increase in global market share, widening the gap between the leaders and other manufacturers in the industry.
Smartphone sales for the entire 2017 rose by 2.7% compared with the previous year and amounted to 1.5 billion.
Based on materials WELTRADE