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Apple Watch Delivered Best Ever Q3 Performance With 7% YoY Increase in Shipments [Report]

Apple Watch Delivered Best Ever Q3 Performance With 7% YoY Increase in Shipments [Report]

Posted December 2, 2023 at 8:08pm by iClarified
Global smartwatch shipments were up 9% year over year in Q3 2023, according to a new report from Counterpoint Research. Growth drivers were strong performance in India, led by Fire-Boltt, as well as, Huawei's rebound in China.

Research Analyst Woojin Son said, "There is significant value in examining the growth drivers of the global smartwatch market in Q3 2023. Amid a global economic slowdown, most consumer device markets like smartphones are still experiencing stagnation compared to a year ago. In contrast, the smartwatch market has recorded YoY growth for two consecutive quarters in both premium and budget segments. Notably, High-level Operating System (HLOS)* smartwatches, typically featuring higher specification and price, have grown largely driven by Huawei in Q3 2023 as the company posted its highest quarterly performance ever. Most of this surge occurred in the Chinese domestic market, coupled with the launch of new Huawei 5G smartphones."

Notably, Apple is said to have had its best ever Q3 performance with a 7% year over year increase in shipments.

Market Summary

● Apple delivered its best-ever Q3 performance, with a 7% YoY increase in shipments. This achievement is particularly noteworthy given that the latest Apple Watch, a key product in their lineup, was released slightly later than the previous year. The strong shipments of the 2nd-generation SE model significantly contributed to the growth of the industry leader.
● Huawei witnessed an impressive 56% YoY increase in overall shipments for the quarter, with HLOS smartwatches seeing a remarkable 122% surge. Its Watch 4 and 4 Pro series, released in Q2 2023, and the Watch GT 4, released in Q3 2023, have achieved good popularity. The increase in Huawei's shipments was due to the return of its smartphones and the bundled sales model induced by various sales channels.
● Samsung experienced a 19% YoY decline in shipments. However, the new products released in August exhibited only a 3% drop compared to the previous ones. In essence, the decrease in Samsung smartwatch shipments this quarter appears to be primarily attributed to a sharper decline of legacy models. Meanwhile, the proportion of the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic significantly increased compared to last year's 5 Pro, contributing to the rise in the ASP of the brand.
● Fire-Boltt reclaimed its leadership position in India after recording its all-time highest quarterly shipments. All the three major Indian brands — Fire-Boltt, Noise and boAt — are experiencing a slower growth rate than before. However, this is interpreted not as a sign of sluggishness, but rather as an indication of entering a phase of stabilization.

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More details in the full report linked below...

Apple Watch Delivered Best Ever Q3 Performance With 7% YoY Increase in Shipments [Report]

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