Blackberry dropping out of smartphone top 10 brands in Q1, replaced by Chinese CoolPad

Blackberry dropping out of smartphone top 10 brands in Q1, replaced by Chinese CoolPad
Times are a-changin’. And doing so quickly. BlackBerry, the world’s second largest smartphone maker in 2010, has now dropped out of the global top 10 smartphone makers list and is replaced by a company you may have never heard of - Chinese CoolPad, according to ex-Nokia executive and now analyst Tomi Ahonen.

In terms of smartphone units sold in the past first quarter of 2013, CoolPad sold more than Nokia and BlackBerry and is likely to enter the top 10 of world’s manufacturers at number 9 with 6.8 million smartphones sold, above Nokia. This would mean that BlackBerry with sales of around 6 million is left out of the top 10.

And if you look at the top 10 ranking right now, it’s dominated by Asian brands. There are four Chinese smartphone makers alone - Huawei, ZTE, Lenovo and now CoolPad. Of course first comes the South Asian giant Samsung, and LG is also in a surprisingly strong position recently, having sold 10.3 million smartphones in Q1 2013.

What’s also interesting is that Nokia which is often said to have technically created the smartphone and which dominated smartphones for years on, is now likely to be at the last place in the top 10 list and it’s even possible to see it drop out of the list soon, if Lumia sales don’t pick up pace.

As for the Chinese phone makers, it seems they have only started their growth and have plenty of possibilities to expand in the future ahead.

source: Communities Dominate Brands



1. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Good bye BlackBerry, you were really a legend....

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Don't worry, BB will make a comeback soon! Wish all the best to you BB! :)

5. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

The only thing Blackberry is doing to make a comeback is is is nothing...they are done and its only a matter of time

7. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

You said that because you hate BlackBerry, if BlackBerry really make a comeback, you will be smashing your head with a hammer.

11. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Blackberry will never make a comeback. They continue to fail everyday and it's great!

8. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

oh what a sad life you have.... you do know that life is like a wheel, right? you dont always stay on top! for example, apple was not even a market holder before even on PCs but now they have respectable shares but that shares are slowly going down again! also, nokia was on top of everyone before yet they became so down in the past years yet they are making a big comeback! so again that will also happen on BlackBerry! i mean they sell 1 million Z10 in just half of the quarter! and that number will grow!! you do know that CoolPad, Lenovo, ZTE, Huawei sell coz they are extremely cheap, right? android is cheap! and china is huge! and they dont earn as big as a 1st world people! and the only place that samsung sells there cheap looking device is on the US! coz east people spend money wisely! i mean we can all have an android phone with almost similar spec of the S4 (almost coz its not octa or whatever propaganda samsung offers) so why would we pay $800 if we can get the same thing just for $300? and i also read that android users wants to change phones everytime coz they think that their phone is outdated coz they see something better in their eyes! in order to not to hurt your pocket, better buy those chinese phones with same specs of the S4.. i mean you're just buying the name of samsung if you buy s4 coz you can, again, have the same spec and quality there in china! while BlackBerry, they offer their own device their own software!

12. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Why don't you learn how to speak and type English first. That is your first lesson of the day. And the second is get your specs right on the phones. Blackberry junk is nowhere near the S4. The S4 is superior in every way possible. The Blackberry junk is on part with the S2 which is several years old. You failed!

15. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

first of all dont act as if your english is the best! english is not my mother tongue and i cant express my self that much on english! second spec matters, you're right but the software running on that hardware matters the most! i have an 808 PureView with an ancient chip the ARM11, a decade old chip but its a tad faster than my android phone with dual core! i only buy this android phone coz of apps and i love playing on it but heck, it lags all the time! the software and hardware is not united!

18. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

wow that's a nice grammar you got there son

10. jsdechavez

Posts: 814; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

I'm getting a Blackberry curve next week but I don't think there's hope for Blackberry. Blackberry's a little too late to the party.

13. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

you're wrong! they just announce that they got 100,000 apps for BB10 and the BlackBerry Live is just days away so i think they will announce again how many apps are available for BB10 and i'm guessing 150,000, on contrary, WP still stuck at 135,000!

16. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

and what the heck, you're just buying a curve, its not even a bold or a torch! curve are entry level phones!! and do you think entry level android is good as well? lol IT LAGS ALL THE TIME!!! navigation on the phone LAGS, games LAGS everything LAGS! and besides BlackBerry now has a new OS with BB10 which is modern and has a lot of developers support! its actually normal that BB will lost quite a number coz they now use a new OS and those BB7 device cant be upgraded to BB10, just like what happen to nokia, they lost yet they gain back!

19. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

that escalated quickly...

24. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

What in the world is coz coz coz...learn how to speak and then type. Have fun with your junk of Blackberry. You will need a new phone soon because they will not be in business.

3. wendygarett unregistered

I really enjoy for this article, and I wish Apple dropping out as well, together with moto and Nokia...

4. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I hope they will make an enormous comeback you make Samsung look bad -_-

17. windroid unregistered

The more brands you bash the more Samsung pays you? Thought Samsung stopped financing trolls...

6. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

This is great great news. I love it!

9. smartcelladam

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

If it's a competition between BB and Coolpad, BB will win out. The Coolpad Quattro was Coolpad's debut to the U.S. and if it offers ANY foreshadowing, the U.S. Won't be seeing any more of this manufacturer any time soon.

14. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

and also its a freaking chinese company with sub par quality (but comparable to samsung's quality which is also s**tty) and im guessing they sell phones with $100 below pricetag and uses mediatek, via, rocketchip and allwinner as a chip inside powering their devices! coz a lot of people will just settle for something that cost less but with spec almost the same as what samsung can have(coz seriously, samsung make same plastic phone like these chinese manufacturer but price a tad higher than them!)

20. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

who cares?

21. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Nothing new here. Everyone knew at last year, that RIM = RIP. That actually happened sooner than anyone saw as they changed name :) Now the correct term is: BB = RIP.

23. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

ahaha RIM = RIP used to be my avatar,

22. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

This is like comparing the sales figures of TATA vs that of Rolls Royce.. It means nothing. A Q10 or a Z!) or a Lumia (Any) vs a iPhone knock off using Android 2.2 isnt a good comparison.

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