Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi's shipments rose 32% year-on-year to 43.3 million units in the fourth quarter, according to IDC.
Xiaomi's share of the global cell phone market reached 11.2% by the end of the fourth quarter, ranking third in the world, the data showed.
Xiaomi ranked third for the second consecutive quarter and gradually widened the gap with OPPO which stood at fourth place.
Apple topped the global cell phone sales chart with 90.1 million units sold in the fourth quarter.
Samsung slipped to second place in the quarter, shipping 73.9 million units, up 6.2%, with a 19.1% market share.
OPPO ranked fourth on the list with 33.8 million units shipped and an 8.8% market share.
Huawei ranked fifth on the list with 32.3 million units sold and 8.4% global share due to sanctions. Huawei's cell phone shipments fell 42.4% year-on-year in the fourth quarter.
Apple and Samsung are still the giants of the cell phone industry, but Samsung has seen a slight downward trend.
Huawei saw a significant decline due to issues such as chips and systems. However, under repeated sanctions, the company still maintained the third position of global shipments in 2020.
Xiaomi's overall performance is good and shipments are steadily increasing after aiming for high-end products and the rapid expansion of offline outlets.