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Samsung leads globally in smartphone market

Samsung is the global smartphone market leader, commanding an impressive 32.6 percent share in the second quarter of 2012, according to idc.com.

Not only that, the South Korean vendor is also leading the overall mobile device market: Samsung, which has just reported record quarterly operating profits of 6.72 trillion won (US$5.9 billion), took that spot from Nokia during the first quarter.

The table below tells the smartphone market story. What’s interesting, apart from the overall pace of growth is, Samsung and Apple combined now account for about half of the total market. The ZTE is making progress that matches its ambition.

Smartphone Shipments and Market Share, Q2 2012

Shipments in millions Q2 2012 units Q2 2012 market share Q2 2011 units Q2 2011 market share YoY change
Samsung 50.2 32.6% 18.4 17.0% 172.8%
Apple 26.0 16.9% 20.4 18.8% 27.5%
Nokia 10.2 6.6% 16.7 15.4% -38.9%
HTC 8.8 5.7% 11.6 10.7% -24.1%
ZTE 8.0 5.2% 2.0 1.8% 300.0%
Others 50.7 32.9% 39.2 36.2% 29.3%
Total 153.9 100% 108.3 100% 42.1%
Source: IDC    Note: Vendor shipments are branded shipments and exclude OEM sales for all vendors.

In the overall mobile phone segment, Samsung is the clear market leader, leaving Nokia to lick its wounds in second place.

Mobile Phone Shipments and Market Share, Q2 2012

Shipments in millions Q2 2012 units Q2 2012 market share Q2 2011 units Q2 2011 market share YoY change
Samsung 97.8 24.1% 75.4 18.8% 29.7%
Nokia 83.7 20.6% 88.5 22.0% -5.4%
Apple 26.0 6.4% 20.4 5.1% 27.5%
ZTE 17.7 4.4% 16.3 4.1% 8.6%
LG Electronics 13.1 3.2% 24.8 6.2% -47.2%
Others 167.7 41.3% 176.4 43.9% -4.9%
Total 406.0 100% 401.8 100% 1.0%
Source: IDC   Note: Vendor shipments are branded shipments and exclude OEM sales for all vendors.

(Source: lightreading.com/)

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