Fourth quarter smartphone shipments pass 200m, report



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25 January 2013 | 0

Analyst firm Juniper Research has estimated the number of smartphone shipments in the fourth quarter of 2012 exceeded 200 million units, with the annual total reaching 671 million – a growth of almost 42% year-on-year.

Samsung continued its phenomenal growth over the year shipping a record 63 million smartphones, accounting for over 30% of all smartphone shipments in the quarter. Once again, sales of the Galaxy S3 drove growth, surpassing 40 million units in November 2012.

Despite the release of the iPhone 5, Apple posted lower than expected sales at around 47.8 million units, still a record quarter for the company.

Nokia shipped 4.4 million Lumia phones, twice that of its Symbian range, which accounted for 2.2 million units. Overall, the Finnish company made a $3 billion loss for the year, but posted a profit of $586 million for Q4 2012. Smartphone shipments reached 35 million in 2012 compared to just over 77 million in 2011, down 54%.




RIM’s recent results – which run to a different financial schedule – are expected to account for almost 6.7 million smartphone shipments for the fourth quarter and over 31 million for the year. With the release and launch of BlackBerry 10 and a new line of smartphones just a few days away, the Canadian company will struggle to gain back a significant market share in 2013.

Huawei posted impressive sales in 2012, with the introduction of a range of new smartphones and tablets, with sales revenues of over $35 billion. The company introduced over 23 models of smartphone devices and is estimated to have shipped almost 20 million smartphones in 2012.

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