As Covid-19 continues to spread across the globe, people are buying fewer smartphones.

Despite our growing need to connect remotely, it looks like we’re not splashing out on mobile gadgets at the moment. New data from Strategy Analytics shows that smartphone sales were down by a staggering 39% in February, compared with the same period last year.

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Samsung has still managed to bag 18.2 million sales, giving it a hefty lead over Apple’s 10.2 million figure. But Xiaomi has only managed 6 million, Huawei 5.5 million, and Vivo’s smartphone sales dropped to just 3.6 million in February (via Sina Tech).

According to the new reports, it’s unlikely that this downward trend will be reversed in March, as coronavirus advances across both Europe and the US.


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