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



1. platformwars

Posts: 86; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

Nokia still at No. 3?? Surprising.. i believe that this number is for all mobile phones including feature phones.. Release a TOP 10 manufacturers for SMART PHONES and we might see a different story

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31748; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It is...

18. maxis3G unregistered

but going down...

5. w-t-f

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 21, 2012

nope,Nokia is still NO.2 :)

10. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

Nokia is 3rd in smartphone share now, down to 6%, yikes! http://www.phonearena.com/news/IDC-Huawei-behind-Samsung-and-Apple-in-Q4-global-smartphone-market-share_id39090#2- edit: looks like tyler already beat me

8. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

totally agree... nokia sold 86Million featurephones including the asha touch... actually they already release those numbers before (on smartphones) and nokia is nowhere to be found... top 1 is samsung 2 is apple 3 is i think RIM or ZTE

9. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

21. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

this is based on global stats u are surprised since u only add USA or EU as target maybe. Nokia sales more in world then others till now samsung

25. gabrelov

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 17, 2013

Shut up ungrateful bias fandroid. If there was no nokia, i guess no one is posting here since nokia pioneered most of the technology on phones. The sole reason why telecoms company exist because NOKIA AND SIEMENS JUST INVENTED GSM TECHNOLOGY!!!!!

26. gabrelov

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 17, 2013


3. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

see how Samsung can overtake nokia for first place but they still cant beat previous nokia sales yet

4. kaliil10

Posts: 146; Member since: May 16, 2012

Nokia its the king... and it will be back to its position

23. phonemirer

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

i hope they release a l922 because it will probably be trouncing 2013 flagships like l920 did

6. cyborg009

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 17, 2011

I was surprised to read Nokia in the title...this doesn't look Ok!!!

7. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

r u ok??

13. akishakoi

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

he is definitely not ok.

11. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

im more impress on apple since they only release 1 phone every year and they sell the last 2 models on lower price(not cheaper since it is still pricey) so they only sell 3 phones with huge pricetag but they still end up on #2 spot! im not surprise with samsung since they flood the market with their gazillion feature phones and android phones so its no shocker that they will end up #1! and also on nokia, im like 50:50 since there's even cheaper phone than their own feature phone.. there's a dual core android with respectable specs (yes there's a below $100 with IPS LCD running on ICS) that has the same price with their freaking ashas..but again, nokia is a trusted brand... but for how long? since i really hate the FULL WP plan.... i like the move of samsung that they will make their own platform now called tizen so that they wont rely much on android! but nokia, they let go of the most amazing OS ever, MeeGo, they killed the most powerful OS ever which it only needs a real support now coz it actually catch up with the game, Symbian(yes, there's a lot of things that symbian can do and android/iOS/WP cant)...sad life of nokia with the parasite called elop destroying them!

12. Xperia_no1

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

OH No, I Hate China but they've done well ! Sony will take the second Prize this 2013...! I hope so...

15. papss unregistered

Always so much hate for Nokia.. People try the damn phone before you knock the OS. It all makes sense when you have a l920.. It feels right, perfect marriage. You are running out of doom and gloom comments

20. No_Nonsense unregistered

Yeah, although I'd personally wanted that phone a bit narrower and with a xenon flash rather than the dual led one.

22. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Yeah but at least they did an excellent job with the dual LED.

16. sonofzeus

Posts: 95; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Even though nokia is on the top 3,you can clearly see the drop in the number of phones shipped by nokia in 2012 when compared to 2011

17. papss unregistered

But you can clearly see they are selling more phones than 95% of all manufactures

19. jonartpop

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

Yay nokia! I'm not a fan of Nokia but before I used to use their great symbian products.

24. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I dont even know where you can get a Nokia other than the 920.

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