The chip shortage hit hard in Q3 2021, but smartphone brands still coined it

Samsung Galaxy Fold 3 and Flip 3 sitting open

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  • Counterpoint Research and Canalys have released their Q3 2021 smartphone market share reports.
  • Both reports reveal a 6% yearly decline in shipments.
  • Revenues are reportedly up 12% year-on-year due to a focus on mid-tier and premium devices.

The global chip shortage has been with us for a while now, resulting in smartphone companies being unable to quite meet demand. Now, Canalys and Counterpoint Research have revealed their global marketshare reports for Q3 2021, and it’s clear that the shortage has affected sales.

Both research firms reported a 6% yearly decline in shipments over Q3 2020, confirming that the chip shortage was to blame. Samsung remained at the top of the pile according to both reports, but Apple passed Xiaomi for second place. Otherwise, Xiaomi occupied the third spot, followed by Oppo and Vivo.

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