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1.6 billion phones shipped in 2012, Samsung, Apple and Nokia are top three makers

1.6 billion phones shipped in 2012, Samsung, Apple and Nokia are top three makers
A couple of weeks after 2012 is over analysts have had the time and numbers to give us a look back at the year, and we get some extremely interesting statistics.

First, phones continued growing throughout the year to a total of 1.6 billion mobile phones shipped (as opposed to sold) across the globe in 2012, according to Strategy Analytics. A whopping 700 million of them were smartphones, and we’d expect that it will be next year when smartphones start outselling feature phones.

Samsung, Nokia and Apple in this particular order shipped the most handsets throughout the year and when it comes to smartphones it was Samsung, Apple and Nokia on top, with the last two switching places.

“Fuelled by robust demand for its popular Galaxy models, Samsung was the star performer, shipping a record 396.5 million mobile phones worldwide and capturing 25 percent marketshare to solidify its first-place lead. However, Samsung’s total volumes for the year fell just short of the 400-million threshold,” Strategy Analytics explained.

What’s interesting is that ZTE continues staying at the fourth place, but this year it has faced tough competition in China from local companies like Coolpad, and international ones like Samsung.

Strategy Analytics is the second researcher to release yearly stats, and you can also check out IDC’s estimates, there are some slight differences.

source: Strategy Analytics

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