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RIP, feature phone: smartphones outship dumb handsets in Q1 for the first time

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RIP, feature phone: smartphones outship dumb handsets in Q1 for the first time

Last quarter marked a first for a trend that has been out ever since the iPhone was introduced in 2007 - the crusade of smartphones against feature phone handsets:

In the worldwide smartphone market, vendors shipped 216.2 million units in 1Q13, which marked the first time more than half (51.6%) the total phone shipments in a quarter were smartphones. The market grew 41.6% compared to the 152.7 million units shipped in 1Q12, but 5.1% lower than the 227.8 million units shipped in 4Q12.

What didn't change, though, is the fact that Apple and Samsung are raking in the vast majority of the profits in the industry, leaving the rest to fight for scraps. Apple is an especially interesting case here, as it keeps riding on the iPhone franchise, making $9.5 billion in the last quarter, with less than 10% of the phone market share, while Samsung made $7.9 billion in operating profit with the largest share of the phone market, which is its bread-and-butter department, too.

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posted on 26 Apr 2013, 03:07

1. FlushGordon (unregistered)


Chinese Android smartphones with TONS of features that were a standard premium 3 years ago can be had for less than $100 these days...it's really a no brainer

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 03:15 2

2. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 664; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Very interesting figures, glad LG are getting their groove back in smartphones, they really are a major threat.

Hopefully BB and Nokia will eventually make their way back upto the top 5 in smartphones.

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 06:44 4

3. HASHTAG (unregistered)


Wow. No HTC on the list? Kinda surprised.

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 07:24 6

4. XperiaPrince (Posts: 108; Member since: 25 Dec 2012)


no sony? and no HTC? for me they make the best smartphones out there.

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 09:00 1

6. shikroi (Posts: 182; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


Its important to note that some of the "smartphones" these companies sell can't really be considered as "smart" and these are the kind of phones that make up the majority of their sales. Only Samsung can be considered to be selling a lot of the true smartphones that cost a bit of money.

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 08:37 1

5. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Ouch you can't call feature phones dumb.....it's the same as calling degree holders dumb and master holders smart....they may be just feature phones...but heck! it was good enough for its time.. and smartphones then running windows mobile..weren't smart either...

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 11:16 2

7. threed61 (Posts: 116; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Not all feature phones sales are dropping, the iPhone seems to be increasing its sales ;).

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 11:53 2

8. Whateverman (Posts: 3158; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Has anyone tried finding a feature phone lately? The reason they're dying is because the carriers are killing them. My mom has zero intrest in a smartphone or touch screen device. So trying to upgrade her phone is a complete nightmare because there are only a few available that suit her needs. There's a category of people who still want to keep it simply but will be forced into a product they don't want because of carrier greed, and that sucks for those customers.

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 12:06 1

9. TheMan (Posts: 346; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


"Last quarter marked a first for a trend that has been out ever since the iPhone was introduced in 2007"

While the iPhone accelerated this trend, it certainly did not start it.

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