A gigantic amount of smartphones

The other day I was thinking about some numbers that I’d seen about smartphone sales in the first quarter of 2020. The numbers are actually immense:

  • 41 million total for iPhones

19.5 million of those are the new iPhone 11.

And you think that is a lot, because Apple is big right?  Add in some more statistics from the other vendors in the Android world:

  • 55 million from Samsung
  • 43 million from Huawei
  • 27 million from Xiaomi
  • 24 million from Oppo
  • Over 100 million from ‘other’ manufacturers!

These numbers are huge. That’s not the whole thing though, these numbers are actually 20% lower than the first quarter in 2019!

The vast majority of these are made in the Far East and shipped all around the world.

Think about that for a moment.

All those boxes. All that plastic wrap. All that travelling all over the world.

I’m not saying we should stop these purchases, but I hope it makes you consider what goes into that shiny new device that you got a few months ago.

Sources: Gartner.GSM Arena.

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