Samsung to Surpass Nokia as Biggest Cellphone Manufacturer, Extends Lead on Apple

Posted December 19, 2012 at 8:40pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 6183 views

Samsung is set to displace Nokia as the world's largest manufacturer of cellphones and extend its smartphone lead over Apple in 2012, reports iSuppli.

Samsung is expected to account for 29 percent of worldwide cellphone shipments, up from 24 percent in 2011, according to the IHS iSuppli Mobile and Wireless Communications Service at information and analytics provider IHS (NYSE: IHS). Nokia’s share this year will drop to 24 percent, down from 30 percent last year, as presented in Table 1.

A dislodged Nokia will cause Samsung to rise to first place for the full year of 2012, up from the second rank in 2011, the first time the South Korean electronics titan will occupy the top on a yearly basis. Nokia will fall to the runner-up spot, the first time since 1998 it won’t be in peak position for overall cellphone shipments during a full calendar year.


Notably, Samsung is also pulling ahead of Apple in the smartphone category. Last year, the company only had a one percentage point lead over Apple; however, by the end of the 2012 it is estimated to have extended its lead to 8%.

The two companies combined represent 49% of shipments in 2012. That's up from 39% in 2011.

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Fukran John - December 20, 2012 at 6:03am
Apple will be OEM manufacturer of Samsung soon :)
No Ma'am - December 20, 2012 at 4:06am
It's about time. Trust me, Nokia products are very cheap and poorly manufactured. Also, the customer service is about as bad as it gets. I have particular experience on these topics concerning Nokia.
Alejandro - December 20, 2012 at 3:41am
Apple makes that number only with the iPhone, Samsung needs a whole portfolio to get those numbers. So there is no comparison at all.
Lov3boyz - December 20, 2012 at 1:18am
I don have see any People Q for Samsung product when launching :), still apple was the 1st choice.
Rick - December 20, 2012 at 1:05am
Apple Losers... Tim Crook and company are looting and raping Apple fanboys wallets and these apple fanboys read losers still don't get it...You apple fanboys - time to SELL Apple before it goes back to $200 range and fall further to 2003 levels...
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