Smartphone shipments up 30pc to almost 200m in Q1

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Figure up 30 per cent on the same period from last year, with Samsung having a record quarter in accounting for more than a third 

Smartphone shipments reached almost 200 million in Q1, up 30 per cent from a year ago, according to estimates from mobile analyst firm Juniper Research.

Samsung continued its dominance of the smartphone market by shipping an estimated 68 million devices in the quarter, accounting for around 34 per cent of all smartphone shipments in the quarter.

Apple posted sales of 37.4 million iPhones in the quarter, up seven per cent from Q1 2012. Juniper said this figure was better than expected, considering Apple posted a profits fall for the first time in a decade.

LG posted its highest ever smartphone sales in a quarter, shipping 10.3 million in Q1, driven by demand for the Optimus G and Nexus 4. It’s market share now stands at five per cent.

Huawei shipped an estimated 10 million smartphones and along with Chinese rival ZTE accounted for approximately 10 per cent of the shipments market.

Nokia shipped 6.1 million smartphones in Q1 and sold 5.6 Lumia devices, up 27 per cent sequentially. In its most recent results for the three month to March 2, BlackBerry sold six million smartphones, one million of which were Z10a, its first smartphone to run its BlackBerry 10 operating system.

Juniper said that despite a positive start, both the Nokia and BlackBerry ecosystem will need some more time to grow and drive further competition and innovation within the smartphone and OS marketplace.

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