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Apple sold 80 million iPhones in Q4 to become top smartphone vendor for the first time since 2016


Why it matters: Strong iPhone sales during the holidays helped Apple achieve double-digit growth in the fourth quarter and edge out Huawei for the number two position overall in 2020. And in 2021, it'll likely be more affordable 5G phones and innovative features that drive upgrades.

Market research firm Gartner in its latest report said Apple sold 79.9 million iPhones during the final three months of 2020, an increase of 14.9 percent compared to the same period a year ago. For comparison, Samsung managed to sell 62.1 million smartphones to end users during the quarter, down 11.8 percent versus Q4 2019.

According to Gartner, the last time Apple was the top smartphone vendor was in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Looking at the full year, Samsung took home the crown with 253 million smartphones sold followed by Apple with 199.8 million iPhones sold. Huawei ...


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