The global shipment of OLED smartphones last year increased 33.4% compared to a year prior, according to analyst firm Omdia.
A total of 535 million units were shipped last year __ compared to 2020’s 480 million units, the firm said.
Apple accounted for 33.3% of the latest total, followed by Samsung’s 25.2% and Xiaomi’s 11.2%.
Oppo and Vivo each took fourth and fifth places, respectively, with 9.7% and 8.7%.
OLED panels were used mostly in smartphones with price tags exceeding US$751.
Apple shipped a total of 178.2 million units of OLED smartphones last year, surpassing Samsung’s 135.1 million units by a large margin last year.
It is the first time that Cupertino shipped more OLED smartphones than its South Korean rival, which was the first to introduce the technology to the market.
The iPhone maker’s shipment increased 92.6% year-on-year while Samsung’s dropped 15% over the same time period.
Cupertino first adopted OLED panels on its iPhones with the iPhone X series that launched in 2017.
In 2020, for the iPhone 12 series, all the models used OLED panels for the first time, a trend that continued in the latest iPhone 13 series.