Two separate reports released today confirmed that Samsung has now overtaken Nokia since the world’s top cellphone maker.
We were holding at odds, however, over whether Samsung or Apple may be the most-popular smartphone maker.
According to IHS iSuppli, Samsung shipped 92 million handsets inside first quarter while Nokia shipped 83 million. While Samsung’s total was a 13 percent drop in the fourth quarter of a year ago, Nokia’s total was a 27 percent drop, helping Samsung nab the superior spot after 14 many years of Nokia dominance, based on iSuppli.
Rounding out your five, based on iSuppli, was Apple with 35 million shipments, a 5 % decline from the previous quarter, LG with 14 million, and RIM with 11 million.
Strategy Analytics reported similar numbers, putting Samsung at 25.4 percent market share for global handset shipments, as well as Nokia at 22.5 percent, and Apple at 9.Five percent.
“Five years after it captured the number-two spot from Motorola, Samsung has finally end up being the world’s largest handset vendor in volume terms,” Alex Spektor, associate director at Strategy Analytics, said in a very statement.
Nokia’s drop, in accordance with Strategy Analytics executive director Neil Mawston, may be caused by a decline in low-end feature phone shipments, and also the failure in the new Windows Phone-based Lumia line to cancel out the decline of Nokia’s Symbian business.
Who’s the Smartphone Winner?
Around the smartphone front, however, iSuppli put Apple at number one, while Strategy Analytics pointed to Samsung.
According to iSuppli, Apple shipped 35 million smartphones inside the first quarter to Samsung’s 32 million. Strategy Analytics, however, said Samsung’s total was 44.5 million to Apple’s 35.One million. Nokia landed at number three on both lists with 12 percent share of the market.
“With cellular phones now accounting for over 40 % of Samsung’s overall revenue, it’s clear the company’s continued investments in smartphone hardware and software R&D are settling,” said Wayne Lam, senior analyst for wireless communications at iSuppli. “The company is not only cashing in around the market’s shift to smartphones, but can also be succeeding in other cellphone product categories, letting it to capture the general market lead.”
Lam said Samsung’s performance is perhaps all the greater impressive because its next smartphone, the Galaxy S III, has not launched. It’s supposed to unveiled with a May 3 event london. “This indicates Samsung could make further progress in share of the market in 2012,” Lam said.