IDC: Huawei behind Samsung and Apple in Q4 global smartphone market share

IDC: Huawei behind Samsung and Apple in Q4 global smartphone market share
Thanks to its fearless smartphone designs, Huawei had the third largest market share in the global smartphone industry in the fourth quarter. While the Chinese manufacturer trailed Samsung and Apple, it did unveil the Huawei Ascend P1 S, which has a 6.68mm thin design to be the thinnest smartphone made. That was introduced last January. A year later, Huawei is breaking the screen barrier with the 6.1 inch Huawei Ascend Mate which will feature a massive 4050mAh battery. And Huawei is not only breaking records for the size of the screen, leaked info from @evleaks about the Huawei Ascend P2 reveals a 4.5 inch screen with a FHD resolution. That would produce a pixel density above the current record holder, the HTC M7, which has a 4.7 inch FHD screen and a 468ppi pixel density. All of this innovation can only help Huawei, which held 4.9% of the global smartphone market in the fourth quarter.

Samsung set a record for smartphones shipped in a quarter, with 63.7 million units sent out in Q4, and for the year with 215.8 million shipped. That is a 129% gain over last year. The Korean manufacturer had a 39.6% share of the global smartphone market for the year, up from 19% in 2011. For the quarter, Sammy's market share was 29% Including featurephones, Samsung was number one for the quarter shipping 111.2 million units for a 23% share.

The 47.8 million Apple iPhone units shipped by Apple in the forth quarter put it second behind Samsung in the smartphone race with 21.8% of the market. For the year, Apple shipped 136.8 million iPhones for a 25.1% slice of the pie. Including featurephones, Nokia's 86.3 million total for the quarter put it ahead of Apple. ZTE and Huawei rounded out the total mobile phone top five for the three month period.

source: IDC via TechCrunch

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1. wendygarett unregistered

The big threat from China... I can feel it...

2. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

"WhoWhy" will eat into Samsung share.

3. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

wow.. nokia is out

6. maxis3G unregistered

nokia become history... just like siemens and motorola...

4. ubuntu

Posts: 40; Member since: Jan 11, 2013

i don't like it,why not Sony or HTC

7. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

both of these companies did not meet customer demands in 2011. Putting skins over android that no one wants, not updating phones well enough, and htc putting out phones with horrible battery life. I'm optimistic about the future for both, especially sony's new flagship.

8. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

just wait!! this year will be special for both device but i hope its sony's year to climb up more

5. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I like the Huawei D2, waterproof fullHD 5"-er with excellent design, 13MP HDR camera and 3000mAh battery, the best thing IMO after the Oppo Find 5.

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