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Worldwide Smartphone Forecast Update, 2018-2022: September 2018

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Worldwide Smartphone Forecast Update, 2018-2022: September 2018
Published: September 24, 2018 Content info: 19 Pages

This IDC study presents the updated five-year forecast for smartphone shipments worldwide by device vendors. The worldwide smartphone market will reach a total of 1.45 billion units shipped in 2018, down 0.7% from the 1.47 billion units shipped in 2017. From there, shipments will reach 1.65 billion units in 2022, the final year of our forecast period, resulting in a CAGR of 2.4%."The combination of increased prices and longer upgrade cycles has hindered the overall growth of smartphone shipments in 2018," said Anthony Scarsella, research manager with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. "Although 2018 will bring a decline to the market, we expect single-digit growth across both iOS and Apple, thanks to the arrival of new bigger, brighter displays, artificial intelligence, and improved imaging capabilities. Moreover, the arrival of 5G could be the big motivator to drive upgrades in 2020 when we expect a bulk of new 5G-enabled devices to hit the market."

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Product Code: US44277718

IDC Market Forecast Figure

Executive Summary

Advice for Technology Suppliers

  • High-End Growth Continues in Developed Markets
  • Small Displays to Fade

Market Forecast

  • Worldwide Smartphone Forecast by Operating System
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Windows Phone
    • Other
  • Forecast Comparison: Smartphones Versus Feature Phones
    • Feature Phones
    • Smartphones
  • Worldwide Smartphone Forecast by Region
  • Worldwide Smartphone ASP Forecast

Market Context

  • Drivers and Inhibitors
    • Drivers
      • 5G Handsets
      • Larger Screen Sizes
      • Economy
    • Inhibitors
      • Replacement Rates
      • Exchange Rates
  • Significant Market Developments
    • The New iPhone XR
  • Changes from Prior Forecast

Market Definition

  • Feature Phone
  • Smartphone
  • Phablet


  • Primary Data Sources
  • Secondary Sources
  • IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker

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