Market research firm TrendForce said that global smartphone production is expected to fall by 5% in the second half of this year as trade frictions intensify and 5G launches extend the replacement cycle.

According to the TrendForce report, smartphone production in the second quarter fell 2.4% year-on-year to 344 million units. It is estimated that the production of smartphones in the third quarter of this year will be about 363 million units, down 4.4% year-on-year; it is estimated that the output of apples in the third quarter will be 42 million units, down 10% year-on-year, while Samsung will be 76 million units. The market share of Samsung, Huawei and Apple mobile phones is expected to change from 22.3%, 15.3% and 11.3% in the second quarter to 20.9%, 16.1% and 11.6% in the third quarter respectively.

Another market research firm, Gartner, also reported that global smartphone sales fell 1.7% in the second quarter of this year to 368 million units; among them, Huawei and Samsung had the strongest annual sales growth of 16.5% and 3.8% respectively.

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