Global handset market sales declined for a second consecutive quarter this year, falling 2 percent (year-on-year) and 15 percent (on-quarter) to $95.8 billion in the June quarter, while handset revenues, as well as profits, were largely driven by Apple.
According to Counterpoint Research, a fall in global handset shipments due to factors including Chinese lockdowns and ongoing geopolitical uncertainty caused the revenues to decline despite the average selling price going up by 6 percent in the same period.
Apple was at the top, with the iPhone garnering 80 percent of all the profit in the industry.
"With global brands such as Samsung and Apple leading overall ASP growth and even some Chinese brands working towards a shift to higher ASP devices in the past year, overall operating profit saw annual growth in the second quarter of the year," said Harmeet Singh Walia, Senior Analyst.
However, compared to the previous quarter, operating profits declined 29 percent after declining 26 percent QoQ in Q1 2021, added Walia.
Apple's revenues grew 3 percent year-over-year despite, shipping 46.5 million iPhones in the quarter.
"Revenue growth in the second half of the year, when compared to the first half, is a near certainty due to the cyclical launch of the highly profitable and relatively economic downturn-resistant iPhone," said Jan Stryjak, Associate Director.
However, with geopolitical uncertainty worsening, inflation levels rising and fears of recession growing, "the handset market is bound to get impacted and may take longer to return to the trajectory predicted prior to the pandemic," he noted.