Smartphones now 55 per cent of sales, Samsung Electronics still on top

Nov 25 2013, 12:17 IST
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'Global mobile phone sales are on pace to reach 1.81 billion units in 2013' (AP) 'Global mobile phone sales are on pace to reach 1.81 billion units in 2013' (AP)
Summary'Global mobile phone sales are on pace to reach 1.81 billion units in 2013'

As much as 55 per cent of all phones sold today are smartphones, according to research firm Gartner, Inc. Even as Samsung consolidated its position as the top smartphone vendor by increasing its lead over Apple, Lenovo came into the third slot with an impressive 84.5 per cent year over year growth in smartphone sales.

Worldwide mobile phone sales totaled 455.6 million units in the third quarter of 2013, an increase of 5.7 percent from the same period last year, a report released on Thursday. Of this, 250.2 million units were smartphones, up 45.8 per cent from the third quarter of 2012.

As expected, Asia/Pacific led the growth in both markets. While the smartphone segment grew 77.3 percent, mobile phones grew at 11.9 percent.

“Sales of feature phones continued to decline and the decrease was more pronounced in markets where the average selling price (ASP) for feature phones was much closer to the ASP affordable smartphones,” said Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner in a press note. “In markets such as China and Latin America, demand for feature phones fell significantly as users rushed to replace their old models with smartphones.”

Gartner analysts said global mobile phone sales are on pace to reach 1.81 billion units in 2013, a 3.4 percent increase from 2012.

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