The sale of smartphones plummeted with 21.9 million handsets in the past year, as customers seem to be avoiding new phones.
Experts say that the revenue in the first quarter of 2019 fell by 6.6 percent compared to the beginning of 2018.
Consumer comments show that they are tired of handsets that look, feel and perform in a similar way.
An expert says users have had enough of & # 39; marginal gain & # 39; between every generation of handsets, which does not live up to price increases every year.
Instead of buying a new device, people seem to prefer to stay with their old device.
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Experts say that a continuing fall in smart phone sales is partly due to the fact that consumers are tired of all their options fundamentally similar. The Huawei P30 pro (photo) is only slightly different from its rivals, the iPhone XS and the Samsung Galaxy S10 +
Experts say that sales fell by 6.6 percent in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the beginning of 2018. Market leaders Apple and Samsung led all companies to declining sales and Huawei was the only one that improved (see photo)
Many smartphones from major manufacturers such as Apple, Samsung, Huawei, LG and more all offer devices that are comparable in appearance, size and possibilities.
Figures from market research agency International Data Corporation, published in their quarterly report, revealed the decline.
Ben Wood, head of research at CCS Insight, explained the slowing market in an interview CNBC.
A smartphone user told CNBC: & # 39; Phones must call, text & # 39; and be connected to the world.
& # 39; I don't think I really have to pay that much to get this, because I can pay much less and am still satisfied. & # 39;
Mr. Wood explained that consumers are tired and bored of similar handsets that are expensive to buy and called it & # 39; one overarching problem & # 39 ;.
The only major company to resist this trend was Huawei, when the Chinese technology giant saw a boost in sales.
Ryan Reith, vice president at IDC, said: “The general smartphone market is still being challenged in almost all areas, but Huawei was able to expand shipments by 50 percent, which not only meant a clear number two in terms of market share, but also close the gap with the market leader Samsung.
& # 39; This new ranking from Samsung, Huawei and Apple is very likely what we will see when everything is said and done in 2019. & # 39;
However, Huawei's future sales are likely to have another hit after the international outages and commercial exile following US sanctions and the revocation of the Android license.
Rokit, a nascent technology company in the US, has approached the sale of smartphones differently and has established its success on a 3D screen (pictured) and specially cultivated content. it remains to be seen whether this will entice customers
At the start of the turn of the century, the mobile phone market was flooded with innovation and creativity that fascinated customers.
Rotating handsets, slidable keyboards and the flip phone all had moments of popularity before the arrival of the QWERTY keyboard and eventually the touchscreen dominated the sector.
In this first period of imagination, sales went through the roof, but the predictability and saturation of the market have left customers uninspired, Mr Wood said.
& # 39; The marginal gain on the different generation of products started to slow down & # 39 ;, he added.
A wealth of options are flooding the market now, while major technology companies are trying to find a way to boost their sales and increase sales.
Folding phones are announced as the next big innovation, but have faced serious hardware limitations when deployed.
The Samsung Fold was sent to reviewers before several had serious problems with the screen not working due to the stress of being bent.
Samsung then postponed the launch of the phone after this amazing revelation.
Huawei also unveiled the Mate X, its own folding phone, earlier this year at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.
Other manufacturers have focused on the screen of the phone to lure customers, with Sony launching the Xperia 1, also on MWC, which is meant for film lovers.
The X1 is the flagship model with an aspect ratio of 21: 9, the same as a cinema screen, and is specifically intended for enthusiastic TV and film lovers.
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However, some companies have emphasized the camera on their devices, with Nokia and Huawei both releasing phones specifically for the on-the-go snapper. The PureView smartphone (shown) has five camera lenses that work together to take images – a world first for a smartphone
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Rokit, a nascent technology company in the US, has approached the sale of smartphones differently and has established its success on a 3D screen and specially cultivated content.
It also hopes to differentiate with a & # 39; life services & # 39; bundle that offers insurance and protection against many practical problems.
The campaign to crack the market is led by the huge library of 3D content, but is complimented by the low prices and a number of real-world benefits, such as life insurance, funeral services and breakdowns on the road.
However, some companies have emphasized the camera on their devices, with Nokia and Huawei both releasing phones specifically for the on-the-go snapper.
The PureView smartphone has five camera lenses that work together to take images – a world first for a smartphone.
The photos taken by the device would have a resolution of up to 240 megapixels thanks to a smart combination system of the five sensors.
Huawei unveiled the P30 and P30 Pro in March, which are designed to make people take the best possible photos.
Huawei has equipped the handsets with three or four cameras, depending on the model, to improve light and image quality and to add impressive zoom and low light outputs.
Another promising benefit for telephone technology is the imminent explosion of 5G that will bring ultra-fast internet to handsets.
HOW DO THE LEADING SMARTPHONES ON THE MARKET COMPARE?
Huawei P30 Pro
6.47 in curved Full HD + OLED HDR screen
Quad Leica designed rear camera, including 20-megapixel ultra wide-angle lens, 40MP wide-angle, 8 MP, 5x optical zoom lens and time of flight (ToF) sensor, 32MP selfie camera
Enlarged camera sensors for clearer and clearer photography in low light
Super Portrait mode photos with multiple layers of bokeh (blurred background)
Face recognition and in-screen biometric security fingerprint sensor
Storage options of 128 GB and 512 GB
IP68 water resistance
iPhone XS Max
6.5 inch Super Retina OLED screen
Dual 12-megapixel telephoto and wide-angle rear camera & 7-megapixel
4K video recording at 24, 30 and 60 frames per second
Portrait mode selfies with bokeh effect (blurred background)
Face ID face recognition software
Wireless charging of the battery
Up to 25 hours of talk time
Storage options of 64 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB
IP68 water resistance
Samsung Galaxy S10 +
6.4in Quad HD + Dynamic AMOLED display
Triple lens reversing camera system – 12-megapixel telephoto
Wide angle lens and 16MP ultra wide angle lens, double 10MP selfie
8MP RGB depth camera on the front
4K ultra HD video recording at 60 frames per second
Live focus photography with bokeh effect (blurred background)
Face recognition and in-screen biometric security fingerprint scanner
Storage options of 128 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB
IP68 water resistance
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