Saturday, July 23, 2011

Nokia drops to third position in global smartphone ranking in 2Q11

Nokia may see its ranking in the global smartphone market drop from the number one position to third place in the second quarter of 2011 after the vendor reported its smartphone shipments declined 31% sequentially and 34% on year to 16.7 million units for the quarter, according to industry sources.

Apple has announced that it shipped 20.34 million smartphones in its fiscal 2011 third quarter which ended June 25, 2011. The shipments will allow Apple to take up an over 20% of the global smartphone market for the Aprpil-June period, the sources noted.

Samsung has yet to announce its results for the second quarter, but industry watchers project that Samsung's second-quarter smartphone shipments should reach 19-20 million units, trailing after Apple but ahead of Nokia.

Although Nokia did launched a number of new models based on Symbian platform in the second quarter, Nokia's sales and market share continued to drop sharply during the quarter, indicating that Symbian has lost its appeal to consumers, commented the sources.

HTC shipped 11.5 million smartphones in the second quarter, trailing after RIM to serve as the fifth-ranked vendor in the segment. However, HTC is expected to see its shipments increase 10-15% sequentially to 13-13.5 million units in the third quarter, which could further boost its ranking, indicated the sources.

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