Another set of analyst sales figures suggest the global smartphone market is showing signs of recovery after a difficult 2020 due to coronavirus.
Gartner says 366 million units were sold during the third quarter of 2020, a drop of 5.7% year on year. However, this is far better than the previous two quarters, which coincided with the peak of the pandemic and during which the market contracted by more than a fifth.
There is renewed hope that the fourth quarter could see further improvement thanks to easing lockdown restrictions and delayed purchases. However, there is also a warning that ongoing uncertainty and economic pressures, coupled with the delayed rollout of 5G networks, could yet scupper improvement.
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