Strategy Analytics: Samsung Overtakes Nokia to Become World's Largest Handset Vendor in Q1 2012

BOSTON--()--According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global handset shipments grew a modest 3 percent annually to reach 368 million units in the first quarter of 2012. Samsung was the star performer during the quarter, capturing a record 25 percent marketshare to become the world’s number one handset vendor for the first time ever.

Alex Spektor, Associate Director at Strategy Analytics, said, “As volumes contracted in key developed markets like Western Europe and North America, global handset shipments grew just 3 percent annually to reach 368.0 million units in Q1 2012. Samsung was the star performer, shipping 93.5 million handsets worldwide and capturing a record 25 percent marketshare. Five years after it captured the number-two spot from Motorola, Samsung has finally become the world’s largest handset vendor in volume terms.”

Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics, added, “Nokia’s global handset shipments declined a huge 24 percent annually to 82.7 million units in Q1 2012. Volumes were squeezed at both ends, as low-end feature phone shipments in emerging markets stalled and high-end Microsoft Lumia smartphones were unable to offset the rapid decline of Nokia’s legacy Symbian business. Nokia was the world’s largest handset vendor between 1998 and 2011, for 14 years, before finally yielding top position to rival Samsung this quarter.”

Tom Kang, Director at Strategy Analytics, added, “Apple shipped a healthy 35.1 million handsets worldwide in Q1 2012, nearly doubling from 18.6 million units in Q1 2011. Apple achieved its highest ever marketshare in the overall handset category, capturing 10 percent of global shipments during the first quarter of 2012. Demand for the new iPhone 4S model remained strong in the United States and Japan, while the recent launch of the 4S in China was a timely contributor to Apple’s rapid growth. We expect Apple to grow further in the second quarter of the year, but the upcoming launch of Samsung’s new Galaxy S3 flagship model could slow iPhone’s growth in some regions if it is well received by operators and consumers.”

 

Exhibit 1: Global Handset Vendor Shipments and Market Share in Q1 2012 1

           
Global Handset Shipments (Millions of Units)       Q1 '11     Q1 '12
Samsung 68.9 93.5
Nokia 108.5 82.7
Apple 18.6 35.1
Others       160.4     156.7
Total       356.4     368.0
 
Global Handset Vendor Marketshare %       Q1 '11     Q1 '12
Samsung 19.3% 25.4%
Nokia 30.4% 22.5%
Apple 5.2% 9.5%
Others       45.0%     42.6%
Total       100.0%     100.0%
 
Global Handset Shipments Growth Year-over-Year % 19.4% 3.3%
 

The full report, Samsung Overtakes Nokia to Become World’s Largest Handset Vendor in Q1 2012, is published by the Strategy Analytics Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service, details of which can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/ck93xsu.

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1 Numbers are rounded.

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Strategy Analytics
USA:
Alex Spektor, +1 617-614-0726
ASpektor@strategyanalytics.com
or
Asia:
Thomas Kang, +82 10 2874 8133
TKang@strategyanalytics.com
or
Europe:
Neil Mawston, +44 1908 423 628
NMawston@strategyanalytics.com

Release Summary

Samsung overtook Nokia to become the world's number one mobile phone vendor in Q1 2012. Some 368 million mobile phones were shipped worldwide.

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Contacts

Strategy Analytics
USA:
Alex Spektor, +1 617-614-0726
ASpektor@strategyanalytics.com
or
Asia:
Thomas Kang, +82 10 2874 8133
TKang@strategyanalytics.com
or
Europe:
Neil Mawston, +44 1908 423 628
NMawston@strategyanalytics.com