Supply shortages continue to disrupt global smartphone growth in Q3

Gartner said the component shortage of radio frequency and power management integrated circuits has delayed smartphone production globally

Kelsey Rees
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Supply shortages continue to disrupt global smartphone growth in Q3

Global smartphone sales have dipped according to the latest findings from Gartner. Sales to end-users have dropped 6.8 per cent to 342.2 million units shipped in the third quarter of 2021, compared to the same time period in 2020. The analyst blamed the drop on component shortages disrupting production schedules, leading to lower inventory and delayed product availability, which eventually impacted sales to end-users. "Despite strong consumer demand, smartphone sales declined due to delayed...

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