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Samsung, Apple And Huawei Lead Smartphone Sales: 5 Takeaways From IDC's 2017 Q1 Report

Despite concerns of over saturation in the smartphone market, sales were strong in the first quarter of the year.

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Samsung Regains Its No. 1 Position

In the fourth quarter of 2016, Apple had bested Samsung in smartphone shipments globally, following the release of the iPhone 7. In the first quarter of 2017, however, Samsung retook the top position with a market share of 22.8 percent and shipments of 79.2 million, according to IDC. The company's shipment volume was flat year-over-year, however. But it's still a strong showing particularly because Samsung's newest phones, the Galaxy S8, were not yet released during Q1 and the company's most recent phone, the Galaxy Note 7, had to be taken off the market.

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