Xiaomi exhibits best performance of the quarter.
Growing demand in emerging markets for 4G smartphones, with more storage, better processors and more advanced cameras.
Global sales of smartphones to end-users totalled 403 million units in the fourth quarter of 2015, a 9.7% increase over the same period in 2014, according to Gartner Inc.
Gartner expects mature market users to use three to four personal devices from a mix of ‘main’ and ‘niche’ devices.
Worldwide smartphone sales recorded the slowest growth rate since 2013, according to research firm Gartner Inc.
Worldwide sales of smartphones to end-users reached 336 million units, an increase of 19.3%, during the first quarter of 2015, according to Gartner Inc.
Worldwide sales of smartphones to end-users totalled 968 million units in 2013, an increase of 42.3% from 2012, according to Gartner Inc.
Worldwide mobile phone sales to end-users totalled 455.6 million units in the third quarter of 2013, an increase of 5.7% from the same period last year, according to Gartner Inc. Sales of smartphones accounted for 55% of overall mobile phone sales in that period, and reached their highest share to date.
Asia Pacific, Latin America and Eastern Europe exhibited the highest smartphone growth rates of 74.1%, 55.7% and 31.6% respectively, according to Gartner Inc, while Microsoft edged out BlackBerry to take the No 3 spot.
Worldwide sales of mobile phones to end-users was at 419 million units in the second quarter of 2012, a 2.3% decline from the second quarter of 2011, according to Gartner Inc. Smartphone sales accounted for 36.7% of total mobile phone sales and grew 42.7% in the same period.