40 million quad-core smartphones were sold last year

40 million quad-core smartphones were sold last year
According to market researcher Berg Insights, sales of smartphones powered by quad-core processors rose to 40 million units in 2012. Total smartphone sales amounted to 690 million units last year, up 47% from the 470 million sold in the prior year.  Breaking down the data even more, we find that most of the increase in smartphone sales last year came from top-shelf models with unsubsidized pricing of €400 ($535 USD) and higher or €100 ($134 USD) and lower.

Last year, high-end smartphone sales rose from 150 million phones to 250 million, although Berg believes that future growth in smartphone sales will come from increases in the low to mid-range category. The researcher says that by 2017, nearly all of the 1.5 billion smartphones that will be sold that year, will be equipped with at least a dual-core processor and the majority will be powered by a quad-core processor.

It seems like yesterday when the first Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz processor was showing up in models like the Nexus One. We blinked our eyes and quickly, dual-core models like the Motorola ATRIX were being launched. And then came the quad-core powered devices. It all started with the LG Optimus 4X HD, powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 3. And now we have 40 million quad-core devices getting shipped in 2012.

source: BergInsights via BGR

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12 Comments

1. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

We know none of these were iphones. :) Nor wp8

12. Trex95

Posts: 2315; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Still can't beat Apple devices 600 million.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 30682; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

And most lagged due to subpar software/hardware optimization. I think this year it'll improve.

3. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Iphones lag to and I think apple has great software and hardware

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30682; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Occasionally it does too.

4. PermanentHiatus

Posts: 267; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Hopefully the iPhone 7 will have finally caught up and have quad-core by 2017. *crosses fingers*

5. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

And atleast widgets....live wallpapers....more ram... Hey maybe apple will be open source by then haha.

6. ihatesmartphone unregistered

Trust me. It will never happen.

8. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Lol your right

9. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

And Apple continues to hold back progress just like they did with LTE and are currently doing with NFC

10. joajok

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

30 million were galaxy s3 and 10 million were others lolz

11. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Don't forget the U.S. variant of the S3 came with the Snapdragon S4 Plus, a dual-core processor.

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