Samsung poised to lead other manufacturers in emerging markets

Samsung poised to lead other manufacturers in emerging markets
The Korean giant may prove to be the manufacturer of choice for many in developing markets around the world if the results of a recently performed survey hold true.

Upstream sampled 1,000 adults in Brazil, India, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia, key emerging markets for mobile. The responses were a bit surprising given that manufacturers like Nokia have dedicated resources to shore up a loyal customer base through affordable equipment options.

However, Samsung topped the sampling in three of the markets, with 32% saying that their next handset would most likely be a Samsung device. Nokia was second at 22% and BlackBerry rounded out third at 10%. In the fourth market, Nigeria, Samsung does not have a notable market presence and Nokia topped that list with 37% of respondents expressing a preference for that brand.

Mobile devices are the beneficiary of what is being described as a leapfrog past the desktop era that developed nations saw in the 1990s. In these emerging markets, that scenario is not likely to unfold at all. In Nigeria, over 60% of people rely on a mobile device versus some other computing devices.

Where is Apple in this mix? It is desirable in Saudi Arabia where there is a greater concentration of wealthy consumers willing to spend more than a few hundred dollars for a new device. Other than that, its showing in the survey was not as notable because of the lack of an affordable handset for lower income markets. That is not to say that Apple is not hot on Samsung’s trail to grab at market share, however.

While we wait to see what Apple might have up its sleeve with a supposedly cheaper iPhone in the works, it is clear that these markets are in play and that Nokia and BlackBerry are still very relevant brands.

source: Forbes

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16 Comments

1. riosworos

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

In Nigeria, everyone uses a blackberry not nokia...so this report is incorrect

16. sanya_az

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 30, 2013

How could you say everyonr uses blackberry? where are u getting this info from? the largest market share in Nigeria belongs to Nokia with up to 60% though in the middle and low end category while the new lumia line has started to gain traction.

2. etuoyo

Posts: 11; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

Not sure I understand what is meant by Samsung does not have a market presence in Nigeria because I live in Nigeria and: 1. There are Samsung shops and repair centres and I don't believe any other manufacturer has these other than LG but I am sure they have more to do with air conditioners and very little to do with mobile devices. 2. Most people that have smart phones have a blackberry for BB messenger due to the ridiculously high cost of calling. However, most would have a second phone (almost a necessity because the mobile networks are unreliable so you need a backup of a second network provider otherwise you could find yourself incommunicado). In the past the second phone would usually be a smart or dumbphone from Nokia. However, since the Note came out that second phone is most likely to be a Note, S3 or Note 2. In the tablet sphere no tablet exists in any substantive sense other than ipad and Note 10.1. So whether what is being referred to is shop presence or device presence Samsung definitely has a major presence in Nigeria.

3. Andrea

Posts: 52; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

Samsung High tech products! nokia very old specs limited tech!

4. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Nokia was up to par with everyone last year with their Lumia line, even excelling in some areas. Wait until they release their next generation of Lumias.

5. yyuu1000

Posts: 260; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

nokia go andriod

6. twens

Posts: 1176; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Hehehe,about iPhones. Phone arena,Africans are very wealthy,they just don't buy iPhones cos they are crap not because they are expensive. Its time you guys stop seeing Africans like we are poor,how much is an iPhone compared to other android flagships? People down here can buy a container of iPhones if they choose,we prefer Samsung out here simple not because of price.

14. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

LOl one of my ppl from kenya and he's a business man he told me in Africa lot of people don't prefer iPhone or Android cause it's expensive and difficult to operate specially Android.

7. weedl

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

in my country almost everyone have 2 phone first is bb and second android

8. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

It's not about "affordable" it's all about "Affordable high end SPECS" Apple can never compete in that segment. And in the lower end it would have tough time competing with $200 FHD phones when profit per phone that apple wants is more than $200/Phone :)

9. aries.phills

Posts: 161; Member since: May 17, 2011

Dear phonearena, I'm a fan of your site as I always visit it every 2 hours to read the latest mobile phone news. I live in Nigeria and I can tell you that this report is incorrect. The trend of phone choices and popularity start with nokia dominating the Nigerian market with little space for samsung, lg, etc. However, that was then. Blackberry rose to sweep the market with its frenzy; Almost every student out their wanted a phone that can ping. Now, the coolest brand in Nigeria is Samsung Galaxy phones. Starting with Galaxy S2, Samsung marketers did an awesome job at making their phones much more desirable than any other brand. Samsung is the current big name in Nigerian mobile phone market.

10. TheBitterTruth unregistered

In Pakistan 7 out of 10 people have a Nokia phone.

13. Rehankhan

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

are you sure because i have not seen anybody with a nokia phone sony,samsung,htc is doing great in pakistan

15. TheBitterTruth unregistered

I am talking about Karachi.

11. ahmed_ali_yossef2010

Posts: 164; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

mmm I think this isn't true look at the badget phones where you find galaxy ace plus you find sony xperia u and xperia j nokia lumia 620 even alcatel 997 maybe this is just for the name or the supply

12. Note2waitingonNote3

Posts: 87; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

Leave it to phonearena to mislead people with a BOGUS article.

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