Nokia tops smartphone sale chart in Q4

Editor Mobile By shipping 20.8 million smartphones worldwide in the most recent quarter, Nokia increased its share of the global smartphone market in the fourth quarter of 2009, claiming 37% of the market share. The result has been attributed to stronger consumer demand and a stream of attractive new 3G models.

With the market growing by 30% in Q4 and the total shipments reaching 53 million units, Nokia itself grew 38% on-year, taking its market share to 39.2%. RIM occupied the second place by raising its unit shipments to 10.7 million from 7.6 million, giving it a 20.2% Q4 market share. Apple closed the gap on second-placed RIM in market-share terms in Q4, shipping 8.7 million iPhones, almost double the 4.4 million it shipped in the year-ago quarter, or 16.4% of the total.

According to Neil Mawston, director at Strategy Analytics, the smartphone market will become ultra-competitive in 2010 after the entry of emerging players like Dell and Huawei which are strengthening their device portfolios and courting major operators.

EditorNokia tops smartphone sale chart in Q4