Apple doesn’t share specific sales numbers for its Apple Watch wearable, instead deciding to throw them into a category that includes things like AirPods and AirPods Pro. But that doesn’t mean that some researchers think they have an idea for how many have been sold.
According to research firm Canalys, Apple Watch was the best seller in the market with 5.2 million units shipped in the first quarter of 2020.
It is, of course, important to note that even data provided by Canalys isn’t necessarily accurate and should be taken with a pinch of salt. With that in mind, the outfit has Apple as the number one in the smartwatch industry with 36.3% of the market. Huawei finds itself sitting in second place at 14.9%.
It’s notable that Apple saw growth of negative 13%, whereas Huawei’s numbers are a massive 113% increase. Even Samsung in third place saw an increase of 46% over the previous year.
The strength shown by Huawei is likely down to the huge increase in Chinese shipments, as noted by analyst Cynthia Chen.
Smartwatch shipments in China grew 66% in Q1 2020, rivaling North American shipments. Research Analyst Cynthia Chen said, “Vendors filled huge LTE orders ahead of Chinese New Year as part of the move toward nationwide eSIM coverage, shipping 2.5 million cellular smartwatches. Cellular models enabled Xiaomi and Apple to grow smartwatch shipments quarter on quarter, which is unprecedented, since the fourth quarter is traditionally China’s high season for smartwatch sales.
Canalys predicts that Apple would’ve shipped around 100 million units of the Apple Watch before 2020 comes to a close. Overall smartwatch shipments are expected to reach 150 million.
The Q2 numbers will indeed be interesting given the coronavirus pandemic and the impact it has likely had on everything, including the trend predicted by Canalys.
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