Apple’s iPhone 12 lineup is set to contribute significantly to a 50% year-on-year growth of worldwide smartphone shipments during the first quarter of 2021, says Digitimes Research.
iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max shipments are expected to ramp up alongside those of Chinese brands looking to fill the vacuum left by Huawei. The Digitimes Research says a projected 240 million units will ship globally during Q1 2021.
Apple’s iPhone shipments are expected to total over 60 million units in first-quarter 2021, having seen such shipments reach over 90 million units a quarter earlier, Digitimes Research estimates. Apple is likely to be the top vendor for a six-month period that ends March 31, 2021, with total shipments of over 150 million units, up 38% from the same period of a year earlier.
Samsung Electronics will rank second and see its shipments decline slightly in the six months, or roughly 60-65 million units each for fourth-quarter 2020 and first-quarter 2021. Xiaomi will be in third place with its shipments totaling 90 million units in the six months, representing an increase of over 80% from a year earlier. Huawei will ship less than 20 million smartphones to be in sixth place in the first quarter of 2021.
Digitimes predicts global shipments of 5G-enabled phones to reach over 600 million units in 2021 compared to the 280 million units shipped a year earlier.