NEW YORK (
) - The latest worldwide smartphone sales numbers have been tallied by
, and some Asian newcomers have made it into the top five - while pushing out some famous contenders in the process.
According to fourth-quarter, 2012
from the tech research firm, Chinese manufacturers
- along with Japanese giant
(SNE - Get Report)
have made it onto the list of top five smartphone sales, while
have dropped down a few notches.
In the latest numbers, Samsung has increased its lead over number two
(AAPL - Get Report)
. Samsung shipped 63.7 million units for a 29% market share in the fourth quarter. That's a year-over-year change of 76%. Apple garnered 47.8 million units for 21.8% of the market and a year-over-year 29% gain. In third place was Huawei, which shipped 10.8 million units for a 4.9% share and a whopping year-over year increase of 90%.
The two newcomers on the list are Sony and ZTE - Sony with 9.8 million units (4.5% market share), up 56% year-over-year, and close behind in fifth place is ZTE, which registered 9.5 million units shipped for a 4.3% share (a year-over-year increase of 48%).
But, more familiar vendor names still appear in IDC's list of 2012, year-end smartphone totals:
Samsung: 215.8 million units (39.6% market share)
Apple: 136.8 million units (25.1%)
(NOK - Get Report)
: 35.1 million units (6.4%)
HTC: 32.6 million units (6.0%)
Research in Motion
: 32.5 million units (6.0%)
Year over year, Samsung is up 129%, with Apple up 47%, while Nokia is down 55% and HTC down 25%. RIM shipments dropped 36%.
--Written by Gary Krakow in New York.
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