Smartphone sales surpass feature phones for the first time -Gartner

Posted on Aug 17 2013 - 7:20am by Martin Gicheru


2013 has so far seen 423 million mobile phones in Q2 of 2013, this is split between 225 million smartphones and 210 million feature phones. This marks a moment when smartphones sales outgrew feature phones sales.

Smartphones grew by over 46.5% while feature phones had a decline of 21% compared to the same period last year. Huge smartphones growth was experienced in Asia Pacific, Latin America and Eastern Europe which had 74.1%, 55.7% amd 31.6% growth rates respectively.

Nokia sold a total of 61 million phones which is a decline from the 83 million sold the previous year. This is as a result of slowing demand for feature phones globally.

Samsung mainteined the lead in smartphones sales with a 31% market share, this was a growth from 29.7% in the previous year, second placed Apple did 10.2% with 32 million smartphones in second quarter.

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