Smartphone shipments up 39pc to 980m units in 2013


Shipments exceeded 280 million in Q4, with Samsung accounting for 30 per cent of all shipments made across the year 

Smartphone shipments in 2013 reached 980 million in 2013, representing year-on-year growth of 39 per cent.

This is according to estimations by analyst Juniper Research, which said shipments exceeded 280 million in Q4 alone.

Samsung accounted for 30 per cent of all shipments made last year with 300 million smartphones, up 40 per cent from 2012.

Yesterday, Apple posted a record quarter of 51 million iPhone sales for the final three months of last year, representing sequential and yearly growth of 51 per cent and seven per cent respectively.

Last week, Nokia revealed device sales had fallen 29 per cent year-on-year to £2.1 billion with Lumia smartphone sales falling from 8.8 million in Q3 to 8.2 million in Q4. However, Nokia sold more than 30 million Lumia smartphones last year, more than double what it achieved in 2012.

LG posted a record quarter, with smartphone sales up 50 per cent year-on-year to 13 million units for the first time.

Juniper Research said between them, Huawei, ZTE and Lenovo shipped over 40 million smartphones in Q4 but still face a challenge when competing against premium brands.

It added: “The emerging markets are vital to continued success and the gap between the growing emerging markets and the stagnating mature markets is what will characterise the smartphone market in the future.

“This means that many markets that will drive future growth will represent a new territory for the major smartphone players, potentially requiring a specialised, more local, approach or a local partner with intrinsic knowledge of local socio-economic conditions.

“Consequently, although these leading smartphone vendors will continue to experience an enlarged market share, it will come at the cost of much lower margins.”