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World's top 10 mobile phone companies

August 21, 2013 11:30 IST

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Mobile phone sales across the world totaled 435 million units in the second quarter of 2013, a rise of 3.6 per cent from the same period last year, according to Gartner, Inc. 

The sales of smartphones worldwide reached 225 million units, up 46.5 percent from the second quarter of 2012. 

Take a look at the top 10 companies in terms of mobile phone sales in the second quarter of 2013...

Samsung

Rank: 1

Q2 2013 sales: 107 million

Market share: 24.7%

Samsung continues to dominate the mobile handset market, with sales growing at 19 per cent in the second quarter of 2013.

 “We see demand in the premium smartphone market come mainly from the lower end of this segment in the $400-and-below ASP mark. It will be critical for Samsung to step up its game in the mid-tier and also be more aggressive in emerging markets. Innovation cannot be limited to the high end,” said Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner.  

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Image: Models hold new Galaxy S III devices as they pose for photographers during an event to launch the smartphone in Seoul.
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Nokia

Rank: 2

Q2 2013 sales: 61 million

Market share: 14%

Slowing demand of feature phone sales and fierce competition in the smartphone segment have dented Nokia’s fortunes, says Gartner.

Nokia’s Lumia sales grew 112.7 percent in the second quarter of 2013 thanks to its expanded Lumia portfolio, which now include Lumia 520 and Lumia 720.

The company is facing tough competition from Android devices, especially from regional and Chinese manufacturers which are more aggressive in terms of price points, says Gartner.

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Apple

Rank: 3

Q2 2013 sales: 32 million

Market share: 7.3%

While sales continued to grow, the company faced a significant drop in the average selling price (ASP) of its smartphones. Despite the iPhone 5 being the most popular model, its ASP declined to the lowest figure registered by Apple since the iPhone's launch in 2007, according to Gartner.

The ASP reduction is due to strong sales of the iPhone 4, which is sold at a strongly discounted price. “While Apple’s ASP demonstrates the need for a new flagship model, it is risky for Apple to introduce a new lower-priced model too,” says Anshul Gupta. 

“Although the possible new lower-priced device may be priced similarly to the iPhone 4 at $300 to $400, the potential for cannibalization will be much greater than what is seen today with the iPhone 4. Despite being seen as the less expensive sibling of the flagship product, it would represent a new device with the hype of the marketing associated with it,” he added.

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LG Electronics

Rank: 4

Q2 2013 sales: 17 million

Market share: 3.9%

LG Electronics also bags the third place in worldwide smartphone sales.

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ZTE

Rank: 5 

Q2 2013 sales: 15.2 million

Market share: 3.5%

ZTE ranks among the leaders in smartphone sales. It saw sales of 9.6 million units of smartphones in the second quarter of 2013.

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Huawei

Rank: 6

Q2 2013 sales: 11.2 million

Market share: 2.6%

One of the biggest telecommunications companies, Huawei is a Chinese company headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong.

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Lenovo

Rank: 7

Q2 2013 sales: 11 million

Market share: 2.5%

Lenovo’s mobile phone sales grew 60.6 percent to reach 11 million units in the second quarter of 2013.

Lenovo’s quarter performance was bolstered by smartphone sales. Its smartphone sales grew 144 percent year-over-year and helped it rise to the No. 4 spot in the worldwide smartphone market for the first time, says Gartner.

The compnay continues to rely heavily on its home market in China, which represents more than 95 percent of its sales.

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TCL Communication

Rank: 8

Q2 2013 sales: 10.13 million

Market share: 2.3%

TCL Corporation is a Chinese multinational electronics company headquartered in Huizhou, Guangdong, China.

In April 2004, TCL and Alcatel announced the creation of a mobile phone manufacturing joint venture - Alcatel Mobile Phones.

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Sony Mobile Communications

Rank: 9

Q2 2013 sales: 9.5 million

Market share: 2.2%

Founded in 2001, Sony Mobile is a multinational mobile phone manufacturing company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. 

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Yulong

Rank: 10

Q2 2013 sales: 9.9 million

Market share: 1.8%

Yulong Telecommunication founded in 1993, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Wireless Technologies Ltd.

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Q2 2013 sales: 153 million

Market share: 35.1%


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