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The global smartphone market grew 9.1 percent in the first quarter of this year, according to tech tracker Gartner’s latest stats, and growth is being driven by a trio of Chinese device makers.

Smartphone sales in the quarter totaled 380 million units, with China’s top three mobile makers, Huawei, Oppo and Vivo, collectively carving out almost a quarter (24 percent) of those sales, according to the analyst, up seven percentage points year on year.

In contrast, Samsung’s sales declined 3.1%, to leave the smartphone maker with 20.7% marketshare, while Apple sales were flat, with their market share falling to 13.7% from 14.8% year on year.

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