Samsung Wins Smartphone Crown In Second quarter of 2013

SEOUL – South Korean electronics giant Samsung won the title of biggest smartphone vendor globally in terms of shipments between April and June 2013, digital trends watcher International Data Corporation (IDC) has said. The company shipped 72.4 million units in the second quarter of this year, grabbing a 30.4% market share.

Samsung’s dominance on the smartphone front was unquestionable. The company’s shipments in the three months to 30 June 2013 grew 43.9% annually and were more than those of the next four vendors in the top-five list combined, according to data from IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker.

samsung logo crownSamsung cemented its market leadership as a result of the huge popularity of its flagship Galaxy S series. The company rolled out the Galaxy S4 during the quarter, which was also marked by the continued success of the Galaxy S III. The latter garnered fresh attention before the launch of the newest version as a result of discounted prices, IDC noted.

Apple retained its second position, shipping 31.2 million units, up 20% on a year earlier. The US firm thus commanded a 13.1% market share between April and June 2013.

LG came in third, more than doubling its shipments to 12.1 million units in the second quarter of this year from 5.8 million in the corresponding period of 2012, which resulted in an increase in its market share to 5.1% from 3.7%.

China’s Lenovo ranked fourth, entering the top-five list, which was rounded off by ZTE after a two-quarter absence. Lenovo’s shipments rocketed 130.6% in annual terms to 11.3 million units in the three months to 30 June 2013, driven mainly by supply to 3G operators in China, IDC said.

Overall, global smartphone shipments grew 52.3% on the year to 237.9 million units in the second quarter of 2013.

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