Global smartphone shipments this year will reach 1.38 billion devices, up 6.5% from 2020, research firm Strategy Analytics predicts. Growth will be driven by the improving global economic situation and the weakening of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as strong demand for smartphones supporting 5G networks in countries where new communication technologies are being actively introduced. In 2021, Xiaomi will take the third place in the world in terms of the number of smartphones sold in a year and will take 13% of the total sales. Samsung will retain its 20% share, while second-placed Apple will also maintain its 16% share this year. The top five smartphone market leaders will include two more Chinese companies. Vivo will have 11% of the market while OPPO will account for 10% of total sales. The share of all other players will be 30% in total.