With strong interest in the iPhone X, Apple is set to dethrone Samsung as the world’s largest smartphone maker, according to research firm TrendForce.
The iPhone X is Apple’s first major upgrade to its flagship smartphone in quite some time, leading to rabid interest in the device worldwide. According to TrendForce estimates, this will lead to a market share of 19.2-percent in the fourth quarter of 2017, making it the world’s largest smartphone maker. That will top the estimated 18.2-percent market share Samsung is set to capture during the same quarter.
This would follow the same pattern as last year, when Apple topped Samsung in worldwide marketshare buoyed by strong demand of the iPhone 7. Samsung took the crown back in early 2017 amid the success of the Galaxy S8, and continued a similar pace well into the release of the Note 8 during the third quarter.
Apple and Samsung’s back and forth competition is still going strong. Rounding out the top five was Huawei with 10.6-percent, Oppo with 7.2-percent and Xiaomi with 6.6-percent.