Samsung takes the top spot for 2012 cell phone shipments, Nokia 2nd, Apple 3rd

Samsung takes the top spot for 2012 cell phone shipments, Nokia 2nd, Apple 3rd
The numbers are finally starting to come out for the mobile ecosystem, even though 2012 isn't quite over yet. IHS iSuppli has released its estimations for which cell phone manufacturers shipped the most devices in 2012, and for the first time in 14 years, Samsung has taken the top spot in cell phone shipments, pushing Nokia to 2nd place, and Apple held steady in 3rd place as far as total cell phone shipments, and 2nd in the smartphone segment.

According to the data, Samsung is expected to account for 29% of global cell phone shipments in 2012, with Nokia at 24%. This is almost a perfect reversal from last year when Nokia had 30% of cell phone shipments and Samsung had 24%. Impressively, Apple takes 3rd place on total cell phone shipments with 10%, even though Apple only makes smartphones, and no feature phones, unlike Samsung and Nokia. 

On the smartphone side of things, Samsung retains the top spot with 28% of global smartphone shipments, and that extends Samsung's lead over Apple, which held 20% of smartphone shipments. Last year, Samsung had 20% compared to Apple's 19%. The smartphone side also shows how Nokia lost its overall lead as it dropped from 16% of smartphone shipments in 2011 to just 5% in 2012. HTC and RIM also came in at 5% of smartphone shipments this year. 

The data also shows the general trends continuing to move towards smartphones. Global smartphone shipments are expected to rise by 35.5% for 2012, while overall cell phone shipments will increase by just 1%. This push by smartphones is expected to lead to 47% of the total cell phone shipments to be smartphones, which is up from 35% in 2011.

source: IHS iSuppli

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38 Comments

34. samystic

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

Nokia themselves to blame - not that going to Windows is bad, but ditching Meego and Symbian was a crime for Nokia. samystic

33. Dunknown

Posts: 84; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

The era of smartphone will be ended. Reaching to the new era of phone that is ultra smart phone. If not mistaken, Nokia will be review its ultra smart phone by 2014 from the nokia innovator website. There will be a miniature hollogram that allows supergamming and it has the brain of the current high performance laptop

28. XperiaUser unregistered

next year Samsung will face some heat with other android manufacture + Nokia(WP8) + BB10 ,

27. ray77

Posts: 126; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

what is mean that went their order .it is that their are saling the phone

24. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Samsung Now showing Nokia that they are the Best,o.k Nokia might do well with Budget Phones,but the Galaxy S3 an Galaxy Note II showing that Nokia as got to Change how Windows preforms with Customizing an Micro sd Card Slots on Smartphones,thats why Symbian was so Popular an alot of Nokia users have to Switched to Android because of they miss the Customizing of Windows Smartphones as Tiles looks so Ugly,with Galaxy S4 on the way 2013 is going to be tough for Nokia again

19. ncv144

Posts: 126; Member since: May 04, 2012

You're Welcome Samsung

17. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Apple should drop down to 5TH PLACE don't care whos #1 as long Apple drops lower n lower and their STOCKS drop too

29. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1258; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

I can understand hating apple's products but I'll never understand wanting an American company that employs thousands to fail.

7. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Smartphone sales only would be quite interesting.

10. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

I'd definitely like to see stats on sales rather than shipments.

14. Sailingmaster

Posts: 24; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

I thought that for the manufacturers, shipments _were_ sales.

20. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Nope, shipments are just devices sent to stores, and counts the devices that stay on the store shelves, unsold.

38. Sailingmaster

Posts: 24; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

But for Samsung, those are sales. They don't ship those devices to retailers and carriers on consignment. If it were a consignment based system, say like bookstores, VZW wouldn't have to discount poor sellers down to almost nothing to get them to move. They'd ship them back for refund. Anyone remember the deals that came with the purchase of a Palm Pre Plus or Pixi Plus? When Samsung says they've shipped 5 million Galaxy Note IIs, that means they've fulfilled orders for 5 million Galaxy Note IIs and shipped them to retailers and carriers. What I think we would all love to see, are aggregate sales numbers from the major retailers and carriers. That would give us numbers sold to end users. We won't get those.

6. zaryab_hussain77

Posts: 104; Member since: Jun 30, 2011

SAMSUNG the true innovator !!

13. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Nokia is a true innovator too I mean c'mon the camera,city lens,Free navigation and one of the best screens :)

16. loyals

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

i completely agree but they had problem with os before . it seems to be fine now with windows though. htc deserves better place, they make wounderful phones. build quality is way better than samsung.

31. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

the only wrong thing that nokia did with its OS, symbian, is support!!! they dont support and follow the symbian foundation!!! SF offers a new symbian,UIQ, for modernization..but nokia decline the offering and go to the old s60! and that is a huge mistake! RIP symbian!! i will always love you!

5. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Samsung and Apple is talked about so often that I thought Nokia claimed 2nd place on top of Apple. I guess that's something else... smartphone wise, Nokia is dropping like a brick...

4. kaliil10

Posts: 146; Member since: May 16, 2012

The king of Mobile is back. Nokia

9. freebee269

Posts: 543; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

the demise of Nokia has been greatly exaggerated. their stock is now over $4 up from $1.63 in july 2011.

3. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

oo ooo oooo the ifans will say one phone vs many. I say shut up!!

2. omar98

Posts: 71; Member since: Aug 28, 2011

I think Next year Nokia will rise again in the smartphone battle as the top windows phone manufacturer which it is now

11. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Yeah, Nokia will rise again. I'm talking based on facts that Nokia has made entry to huge Chinese market, signs are looking good. And the country which helped it reach the top spot always, India is yet to see the taste of WP8 lumias. I guess 620 will become pretty famous here.

22. erdpov

Posts: 67; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

it's going to fail because of Windows platform. The ms tiles are so boring. Nokia had a chance with its own platform, but now Nokia is Muppet of MS. If ms fails, Nokia will sink too.

25. omar98

Posts: 71; Member since: Aug 28, 2011

Wp8 is not a sign of failure its a beatiful OS which I really wanna get my hands on sadly there is no lumias in Egypt yet Till then Ill stick to the S2

36. jameshoe unregistered

you have no idea how live tiles looks easier and better than Android classic theme, with all-new design and features, Android has no way could over than WP but only its Play store

32. Dunknown

Posts: 84; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Nokia is the top right now. Nokia has 82% of the global windows phone that is before the Lumia 920 and 820. Now i think it will be 90%. Go Nokia. I hope Nokia will review its glases next year like it was shown in the you tube

37. RobotMan

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Not with WP.

1. androidisbaws

Posts: 74; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

Always knew Samsung was the best. Kind of weird the other two are up there considering they don't have any android phones.

8. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

It's the difference between the cell phone shipments numbers and smartphones. Nokia still ships a lot of feature phones, which gets it higher on the overall numbers.

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