SAN FRANCISCO—Smartphone sales improved in the first quarter as the Chinese handset makers increased their market share and consumers continue to demonstrate that they would spend more for a better phone, increasing average selling prices (ASPs), according to market research firm Gartner Inc.

Smartphone sales totaled 380 million worldwide in the first quarter, up 9.1 percent compared to the first quarter of 2016, Gartner (Stamford, Conn.) said.

Chinese brands Huawei, Oppo and Vivo combined to capture nearly 24 percent of the market in the first quarter, up from about 17 percent in the same period of 2016, according to Gartner.



Smartphone Sales Grew 9% in Q1

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