Global smartphone production drops 11% Q-o-Q

The global smartphone production dropped 11 percent Q-o-Q and increased 10 percent Y-o-Y to 307 million in Q2 2021, according to TrendForce.
The production of smartphones increased 18 percent in the first half of 2021 to 652 million units.

While fourth-ranked Apple undergoes a transition period between old and new models, and Samsung experiences a slight dip in market share, smartphone brands have improved their respective product specifications.

Samsung’s smartphone production for 2Q21 reached 58.5 million units, representing 23.5 percent QoQ decrease. Since India and Vietnam account for the majority of its smartphone production capacity, the severe COVID-19 outbreaks in both countries during 2Q21 had a significant impact on production volume.

OPPO’s smartphone production fell by 6.6 percent QoQ to 49.5 million units. OPPO’s production figure includes devices from sub-brands Realme and OnePlus. On a YoY basis, OPPO posted a growth rate of 80 percent.

Xiaomi’s smartphone production also came to 49.5 million units for 2Q21, showing a QoQ drop of 2 percent. Xiaomi’s production figure includes devices from sub-brands Redmi, POCO, and Black Shark. On a YoY basis, Xiaomi posted a growth rate of almost 70 percent.

Vivo’s smartphone production, which includes devices from sub-brand iQoo, dropped 8.1 percent QoQ to 34 million units. Vivo took fifth place in the quarterly ranking.

Apple’s iPhone production reached its lowest point for the year, and its rank fell to fourth place in 2Q21 because the second quarter is the transition period between last year’s and this year’s iPhone series. The quarterly total iPhone production fell by 22.2 percent QoQ to around 42 million units.

The latest report from Gartner said global smartphone sales to end users increased 10.8 percent to 328.8 million in the second quarter of 2021.