Samsung overtakes Nokia as top phone maker

2012-04-27 22:03

San Francisco - The bad news keeps calling for Nokia.

Just days after its debt rating was downgraded to junk status by the ratings agency Fitch, the Finnish phonemaker has lost its crown as the world's top maker of cellphones to Korean rival Samsung, according to industry reports issued Friday.

The estimates, by Strategy Analytics and iSuppli, said that Samsung sold 93 million mobile phones in the quarter, for 25.4% of the global market.

This compares to the 83 million handsets sold by Nokia, which saw a drop from the 114 million units it sold in the previous quarter.

The turnaround ended Nokia's 14-year reign as the world's top mobile phone maker.

It comes as Nokia is trying to bolster its flagging fortunes in the lucrative and fast-growing smartphone market by launching devices based on Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system, a distant third to Google's Android-based phones and Apple's iPhone.

The report said that Apple sold 35 million iPhones in the quarter, with Samsung selling 32 million smartphones. The Korean electronics giant is set to launch a new version of its popular Galaxy smartphone in the coming weeks.

"It's clear that the company's continued investments in smartphone hardware and software research and development are paying off," said Wayne Lam, senior wireless analyst at IHS.

"Samsung is likely to make further progress in market share in 2012."

  • lance.ernest - 2012-04-27 23:45


  • Sepaka C-Parker Mo'Africa Ngwane - 2012-04-27 23:46

    I see the koreans dominating the car industry in the near future.

      Iameros - 2012-04-28 07:47

      I agree

  • Mashilo - 2012-04-28 00:47

    Samsung's the best. I wish blackberry a slow and painful death.

      Burtfred - 2012-04-28 09:17

      Hell Mashilo, get a life. It's just a phone you know.

  • Barefoot - 2012-04-28 03:09

    People move to android and you continue with symbian you are going to lose sales, still Nokia doesn't listen and they move to windows, android is open source for goodness sake

      adrian.bruwer - 2012-04-28 07:45

      Samsung is also moving to Windows. It's a better OS. That's not the point though. The last Nokia I had the N97 cost R8,000 and was an unstable heep of rubbish which wasn't worth a fraction of the cost. I now have the Samsung which still blows my mind after 1 year of usage. I doubt Nokia will ever recove - its all downhill for them. Ciao ciao Nokia..

      Harley - 2012-04-28 11:52

      @adrian, am with you mate, my Galaxy S2 is simply amazing, tons of features, easy to use, only negative is it does not make me coffee in the morning, lol

  • KallieHungBal - 2012-04-28 04:39

    After 16 years of Nokia I got a Samsung a month ago. Best move ever.

  • katlego.molefe.12 - 2012-04-28 06:57


  • Zolisa - 2012-04-28 06:57

    SAMSUNG overtakes NOKIA . very interesting .This is my second phone from SAMSUNG.What I like about Samsung is its ' privacy lock' U have many options .can lock messages/images/phonebook while if u r using Nokia u have to lock everything.SAMSUNG is one the top brands. SAMSUNG Microwaves and televison sets!

  • Sechaba - 2012-04-28 07:26

    Eish I just ordered Nokia E7

      adrian.bruwer - 2012-04-28 07:48

      Cancel bro, cancel!!

      Zachia - 2012-04-28 07:57

      all of the best.Maybe it'll change with you

  • Zachia - 2012-04-28 07:52

    I'm using Nokia.I use to tell people that with Nokia you wont go wrong and now I feel I should reverse every good statement I've uttered.It keeps on going to sleep by its own,it delete app without permission,it delete msg without prompting,its a night mare.Maybe these decline in sale will serve as a wake up call

      Zachia - 2012-04-28 08:02

      I cant wait to get rid of this burden

      ningisthole - 2012-05-06 16:36

      Yes Zachia nokia deleted all of my photos without any notice n sometymz it turns blank not knowing who is calling....i thank nokia im gonna look for another type *dissapointed*

  • wayne.beetge - 2012-04-28 10:18

    I can a merger coming soon with Nokia being swallowed up someone

  • Ewan - 2012-04-28 13:53

    I've used Nokia since the beginning, i.e. early 1990's. I liked the user interface, but now that they are moving to Windows, their 'advantage' is gone (at least to me). I have just cancelled my order for a Galaxy IIs - I am waiting for the Galaxy IIIs instead. RIP Nokia and Microsoft

  • Stanford - 2012-04-30 08:41

    i've checked out the galaxy S2 and Nokia N9 and there is just something more fun about the galaxy compared to the nokia. The User interface and applications on the S2 seem to be more youth oriented and the nokia is just more grown up and business like. Shame nokia is going down, i was wishing that on RIM.

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