Smartphones Surpass Basic Phones in Sales for the First Time

According to IDC, more than 216 million smart phones units were sold by manufacturers in the first quarter of 2013

Smart phones, smart phones that allow you to surf the Internet and install applications, representing more than half of the global sales of mobile phones for the first time, according to a new study released by consulting firm IDC. Of the total of 418.6 million cell phones sold by manufacturers in the first quarter of 2013, 216.2 million were smart phones or 51.6% of the total.

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“Mobile users want computers in their pockets. The days when mobile phones were used just to make calls and send text messages are running out, “says Kevin Restivo, an analyst with IDC research senior, said in a statement. The total number of feature phones, phones with very basic functions, came to 202.4 million units in the same period analyzed by IDC.

Samsung maintains leadership

According to, Samsung holds the first place among the biggest smart phone makers in the world. In the first quarter of 2013, the company sold more smart phones than the four placed following the rankings together. Apple, runner-up of the rankings, kept the high sales for the iPhone 5. Sales were 6.6% higher as compared to the same period in 2012.

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“Another trend of the industry are the Chinese companies, which are conquering your space among the biggest smartphone makers,” says Ramon Llamas, IDC’s Research Manager. Chinese companies like Huawei, ZTE, Coolpad and Lenovo, have gained greater participation with their products that use Google’s Android operating system.

According to IDC, the Huawei doubled the number of smartphones sold in regions outside Asia in the first quarter of 2013, as compared to the same period in 2012. The growth is due to the expansion of your line of advanced smartphones Ascend, which includes the Ascend P2, smartphone with 4.7-inch screen 13 megapixel camera and presented during the Mobile World Congress, held in February 2013, in Barcelona (Spain).

In the same way, ZTE has expanded its smartphone sales both in Asia and in North America, according to IDC, but still has a presence in Europe and Latin America shy. The company, during the Mobile World Congress, reported that plans to increase your overall revenue by selling smartphones in 30% throughout 2013. In the event, the company showed the Grand Memo , mobile and tablet hybrid with 5.7 inch Full HD screen and your first phone with FirefoxOS operating system.


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