Latin America’s smartphone market maintains its hypergrowth by growing 26% in Q1 2024

Canalys’ latest research highlights a sustained boom in the Latin American smartphone market, with shipments increasing by 26% year-on-year to 34.9 million units in Q1 2024. This marks the third consecutive quarter of double-digit growth. Samsung retained its lead position, bolstered by strong sales of its budget-friendly A-series, witnessing a 6% increase to 11.1 million units. Motorola maintained its second-place ranking with a modest 1% growth, reaching 5.9 million units. Xiaomi, TRANSSION and HONOR also demonstrated robust growth rates of 45%, 215%, and 293%, respectively, solidifying their positions among the top five vendors with sales of 5.3 million, 3.4 million, and 2.6 million units.


“Improving economic conditions, alongside healthier channel inventory levels and a refresh cycle for devices purchased during the pandemic, have played a crucial role in sustaining the growth momentum of the Latin American smartphone market,” said Miguel Perez, Senior Consultant at Canalys. “This resurgence in demand is widespread, with nine of the top ten vendors experiencing significant annual growth in Q1 2024. Particularly notable is the strong performance in the low-to-mid-range price segments, where the most shipped models include Samsung’s low-end A-series, Xiaomi’s Redmi series and Motorola’s G series. The intense competition not only benefits consumers by offering a variety of choices but also pushes vendors to innovate and distinguish themselves as they prepare for a potential market slowdown. Strategies such as opening more branded stores, enhancing online sales platforms and expanding presence in physical retail locations are key as vendors strive to stand out in a crowded market.”LATAM smartphone market Q1 2024

“Several vendors in Latin America experiencing strong growth, are broadening their product ecosystems to secure and expand their market positions,” Perez elaborated. “Products like wearable bands, TWS and tablets are not just designed to diversify offerings but also to captivate consumer interest and differentiate brands. Such strategies are aimed at scaling revenues and increasing customer loyalty in the long term. In the short term, however, these ecosystem products are more likely to enhance brand visibility and feature prominently in promotional campaigns and bundles. This focus on ecosystem devices presents a significant, mostly untapped opportunity in the Latin American market, where the adoption rate of these devices per smartphone sold is still low compared to global averages. Moving forward, it is crucial for vendors to maintain the value of their ecosystems while avoiding the pitfalls of undermining long-term value for short-term sales gains.”

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“In Latin America, AI features and capabilities are increasingly pivotal in smartphone marketing strategies, yet the predominance of lower-priced smartphones poses a unique challenge,” noted Perez. “While advanced generative AI features are central to the marketing and product strategies for high-end devices, these technologies are slower to become accessible in the mid-to-low-end market segments that dominate the region. In Q1 2024, for instance, only 7% of smartphones sold were priced at US$800 or above, whereas a substantial 82% were priced under US$400. Consequently, while marketing campaigns might build high expectations with cutting-edge AI features, it is crucial for vendors to ensure these expectations are realistically aligned with the capabilities of lower-priced models to avoid consumer disillusionment and the high costs associated with trying to upgrade and upsell within this price-sensitive market.”