For the first time more smartphones sold than “normal” mobiles

For the first time more smartphones sold than “normal” mobiles

According to American market research agency IDC, 418.6 million mobile phones were sold in the first quarter of 2013 - and for the first time, more than half of those were smartphones. The long predicted transition of power seems to have happened.

For first time more smartphones

Samsung remains the undisputed market leader in smartphone land: the Koreans sold 70.7 million phones in the first quarter; 60.7% more than in the same period of last year. Perhaps surprisingly, Samsung sells more than the numbers two to five combined (Apple, LG, Huawei and ZTE) - and that is even before the launch of the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S4.

 

Apple only manages to sell half as much with 37.4 million units (+6.6%), but keeps its lead on number three, LG (10.3 million units, +110%). Spots number four and five go to the Chinese: Huawei sold 9.9 million smartphones (+94.1%), rival ZTE 9.1 million (+49.2%).

 

Nokia keeps dropping down the ranks: the Fins sold a quarter less units than a year ago (61.9 million). The untouchable market leader keeps running away easily (115 million units, including normal mobiles: +22.9%).

 

Tablets weigh on pc sales

Earlier in April IDC announced “the biggest drop in pc sales ever”. In the past quarter 76.3 million pc’s were sold, 13.9% less than in the first quarter of 2012. IDC says this decline is because of the ever growing popularity of tablets and smartphones and the disappointing results of Windows 8 (normally a new release gives sales a boost).

 

The top three in sales remained unchanged: HP is still number one, despite a loss of -23.7% in sales, Lenovo fortifies its second place with a status quo, while Dell stays at number three (-10.9%).

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