Samsung sold twice as many smartphones as Apple in Q3, Nokia falls out of top five smartphone makers

Samsung sold twice as many smartphones as Apple in Q3, Nokia falls out of top five smartphone makers
Samsung sold 56.3 million smartphones in the third quarter of 2012, more than any other company and twice as many as its nearest competitor Apple, according to latest research by IDC. The two companies combined sold nearly a half of the total 179.7 million smartphones in the quarter.

As Samsung grew sales, though, the smartphone top 5 changed a lot and for the first time in years Nokia is not in it. The Finnish manufacturer, known for basically creating the smartphone, sold only 6.3 million smartphones.That is less than RIM, less than ZTE and less than HTC.

The dynamics of the smartphone industry change the top 5 manufacturers very rapidly, and we could well see RIM become the next company to drop out of the top 5 next quarter.

All of this happens as the overall phone market increased 2.4%, most of this due to smartphones’ exploding growth of 45.3%.

How will the rankings change in this Holiday quarter? And could RIM and Nokia make a comeback? Let us know your predictions in the comments below.

source: IDC

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51 Comments

1. natesvlogs

Posts: 40; Member since: May 15, 2012

Samsung is killing it

14. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Sammy is clearly KING, making sour Apple juice of the rest.

46. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Looks like the billion Apple is going to get from Samsung, if they do, will be their only real earning this year. Sammy is King and Apple, well is just an apple!

47. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

uh oh, i hope jealous Apple doesn't get jealous enough to sue Samsung for being WAY more successful.

30. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

it took samsung so many years or perhaps decades to overthrow nokia... its like loki overthrowing thor!

31. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Anyone wonder why Apple is suing Sammy?

32. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

coz apple said and some people think that galaxy phones looks like an iPhone.... and apple is threaten by samsung.. its like in music scene... kpop is now advancing to hollywood!

45. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Who dafuq is buying all these bbs?? its like a phone from the 90s??

48. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

looks like apple only has their lawsuits to show as achievement

2. sadaivadai

Posts: 156; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Lumia 920 coming ...

4. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

If Nokia would have gone with Samsung/Android, the Lumia 920 would've already sold 10 million since the time of their announcement... But instead they went with that confusing platform called Windows L8, and microsoft will be taken them down together... Such a pity, cause i liked Nokia. :(

5. sadaivadai

Posts: 156; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Only time will tell whether Windows 8 is a winner or not .. But it has the potential .. Give it some time .. But i don't think Nokia has the time to wait ..

20. allen83

Posts: 107; Member since: Mar 01, 2012

but Meego also has the potential, a very strong potential but they did not give it a try. Poor judgement of Nokia CEO

19. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

oh, grow up. android and nokia won't happen. but it's a sad truth that all we have to do is to accept.

24. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Tell my 4 yr old it's confusing! I gave her my old Windows Phone for games and apps and she's a Pro with it. Also how would Nokia go "Samsung"? Also Lumia 920!

38. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

If Nokia went with Android they probably wouldn't exist. Meego wasn't going anywhere. By going with Windows Phone, they enlisted Microsoft to help them out. There is more potential to make money with WP8 than with Android. I think the platform has potential, and its only getting better.

9. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

yes but 920 can not help the nokia. nokia has to move to android or keep going down...

25. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

How is Android doing for HTC? Samsung is the ONLY one making any real headway with Android. Hell they are doing better than Motorola and Google owns them.

33. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

"How is Android doing for HTC?" This is 100% HTC fault; HTC was on top of the Android world, but they got lazy. They made phones without removeable battery, they stuck with small screen, they gave up 100% on the tablet market ( View / flyer). So HTC made several mis-step just like Nokia did. If they would had did exactly like Samsung ( IMO htc has a better UI) and made bigger screen, faster processor and kept the option of the Battery..They would still be in the game. oh yea update Android faster, they would kick Samsung out of number 1 slot

37. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

...small screen? Their flagship phones are 4.7", how is that small? Larger than the Galaxy Nexus, 0.1" smaller than the GS3 on the diagonal. Are you sure you're not think of apple? The removable battery was/is an issue, I will agree, but I think there were several factors at work: people like buying what is popular, even if it isn't the best option. This is why Toyota Camry is the most popular car by sales, the ipod is the most popular mp3 player, etc, and the Galaxy series are the best-selling lineup of smartphones worldwide. So instead of buying an HTC, the customers bought a Galaxy. Along with that, HTCs have had battery life issues, as well as problems with Sense, and a bloated lineup with too many models coming out too quickly, which is why they switched to a more simplistic lineup with the One and WP8 series. That said, it is entirely probable that the most popular phones will define the platform, for sales and for mindset. IPhone for ios (duh), Galaxy for Android, and Lumia for Windows Phone. There may be other choices for consumers, but they'll just buy what "everyone else" is buying, so this is a very probable scenario.

3. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Best thing about this is that Samsung doesn't even have half of the worldwide android market. HTC, ZTE, Sony, LG, Huawei, Motorola, Asus, Acer, Panasonic, Sharp, Pantech, Alcatel, Xiaomi, etc etc - have actually shipped around 80 million android phones combined, in the last quarter

6. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

hahaha!! Nikolas.Oliver look!!!! BlackBerry is next to apple!!!!

11. The.Dark.Knight.Rises

Posts: 72; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

They are far off. Apple should be appreciated cause they sell only one phone and still are second vs others who sell a thousand phones.

17. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

That's their fault.

29. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

dont you see the list? see who's next on apple? duh....

7. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

S3!!!!!! king of smart phones.... Note 2 !!!king of phablets....

8. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i feel sorry for nokia... if they could just continue the support for symbian and meego this will never happen... if they make a device 5 years advance before with symbian before, they could do it again..... 808 pureview proves that... but they need to revamp the software... make it more advance... im pretty sure they can do it!!! nokia belle catch up in the game.. all they need to do is support it!!! belle fp2 is like ICS 4.0.4... very smooth now... nokia please listen... just give symbian a chance.. give it a major revamp.. im pretty sure it will be love!!! give it a major make over.. remake the browser and full the apps store with amazing apps and games!

10. sbr999

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Even though I love Symbian and I had about 10 Symbian smartphones, I think it lost the game when Nokia was too slow with the innovation. Nokia needs to put time and effort in this as well, they're in a bad situation. MAYBE Android is a good choice next to WP8, but I really don't see anything good to happen with Symbian, sad.

23. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

it lost the game coz of no support! as far as i know symbian foundation gave a new UI to nokia called UIQ but they completely ignore it and go for s60 instead... UIQ was optimize for touch screen--which both RIM(just for example) and nokia thinks that touch screen isnt a smartphone! the one with keypad is...but now... smartphone is a touch screen... thats why RIM is making a huge step with QNX-based OS BlackBerry 10...but still they'll make their own signature QWERTY phones that some people prefer.. back to UIQ.. they completely ignore it! s60 wasnt optimize for touchscreen! symbian foundation provided an answer but nokia just ignore this... and besides... behind android are symbian engineer coz symbian foundation collapse and google pick them up! so if nokia just listen to the foundation, this will never happen! maybe symbian is still on top... and maybe android is catching up and still dreaming to give linux a name... just look at nokia belle, it is comparable to GB... and belle fp1 is comparable to ICS while belle fp2 is like an update, more like ICS 4.0.4 which fixed bugs and add some juice to the software! and on multitasking, symbian still beat android... even running 60 apps(saw this on youtube), it is still alive and fluid...not to mention symbian phones only have 265-512 RAM... symbian isnt a battery life drainer! while android, you need the latest updates, hardware and software to make it very good to use.. and when you buy android, to make its experience good for you, you need to buy a high end or flag ships... while symbian, 701, a mid range and now below midrange price, is ok for everyone!

12. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

elop won't listen to your bickering. admit it Samsung is the new Nokia.

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