Smartphones outsell Feature phones in Q2, Samsung on top: Gartner

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By Staff /  14 Aug 2013 , 18:29

Samsung continues to be the number one smartphone manufacturer in Q2 of 2013, according to research firm Gartner, with Apple at the number two spot.

The report also states that this is the first time that smartphone sales have crossed feature phone sales.

According to the latest numbers by Gartner,worldwide mobile phone sales totalled 435 million units in the second quarter of 2013, which is a 3.6 percent increase from Q2 2012.

Smartphone sales stood at 225 million units, up 46.5 percent from the Q2 2012, while feature phone sales stood at 210 million units. This is a 21 percent decline year-on-year.

“Smartphones accounted for 51.8 percent of mobile phone sales in the second quarter of 2013, resulting in smartphone sales surpassing feature phone sales for the first time,” said Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner.

According to the report, Asia/Pacific, Latin America and Eastern Europe exhibited the highest smartphone growth rates of 74.1 percent, 55.7 percent and 31.6 percent respectively, as smartphone sales grew in all regions.

Samsung Galaxy S4 is seen in this file photo. Getty Images
Samsung Galaxy S4 is seen in this file photo. Getty Images

Samsung continues to be the number one smartphone maker with 71 million smartphones sold and 31.7 percent markets share. Apple was at number two with 32 million units sold and a 14.2 percent market share.

As far as operating systems are concerned, Microsoft overtook BlackBerry for the first time. Microsoft is at number three now with 3.3 percent market share in the second quarter of 2013 and over 7.4 million devices shipped.

As far as vendors the report noted that Nokia’s sales were 61 million units. In Q2 of 2012, Nokia sold 83 million units. The slowing demand of feature phone sales across many markets worldwide, and fierce competition in the smartphone segment, affected Nokia’s mobile phone sales, says the report.

However, Nokia’s Lumia sales grew 112.7 percent in the second quarter of 2013 thanks to its expanded Lumia portfolio such as Lumia 520 and Lumia 720.

“With the recent announcement of the Lumia 1020, Nokia has built a wide portfolio of devices at multiple price points, which should boost Lumia sales in the second half of 2013,” said Anshul Gupta.

In terms of numbers, Gartner confirmed what IDC had reported earlier stating the Nokia and Windows Phone 8 are emerging as a strong and viable third-ecosystem to the Android and iOS dominated smartphone market.


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