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Report: Over 1.5 billion smartphones to be shipped in 2018

With global shipments set to grow 5% by 2017 end and then nearly another 5% in 2018, ever better technologies at all price points are putting the sell into your smartphone.

Digitimes has published new stats from its Digitimes Research arm with stats showing remaining feature phone markets are finally replacing them by upgrading to smartphones, and are set to sell a stack of smartphone models comprising up to 70 million phones per year over the next five years.

Digitimes points to China and Asia as being the main source of top smartphone brands, while noting this does not include Apple or Nokia, or HMD Global.

The headline stat, however, notes that there will be 1.5 million shiny new smartphone shipments in 2018, which is a massive amount.

It means a lot of upgrading, replacing and seeing older models moving down the chain elsewhere to upgrade those on even older platforms.

As we know from history, Apple makes the vast majority of profits in the smartphone industry, thanks for a quality product sold in the hundreds of millions and a healthy premium consistent in delivering an excellent experience that is much imitated more ferociously than ever by Android itself and others.

Samsung makes most of what's left, while everyone else strives to make a better range of higher-end smartphones at mid-range and better pricing in the fight against everyone else for market share and hopefully growing relevance.

So, with Digitimes presumably keeping more detail for its research customers, and additional clarity on the stats touched on above, we can but marvel at the ever growing number of smartphones out there, and just how much we're addicted to them!


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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

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