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Q3 smartphone shipments surpass 157m units

Samsung broke records by selling 56.3 million smartphones in the third quarter this year, this is double that of Apple's sales of 26.9 million units

Q3 smartphone shipments surpass 157m units
Smartphone shipments exceeded 157 million units in Q3 this year.

The number of smartphone shipments exceeded 157 million worldwide, in Q3 2012.

Samsung came out on top in terms of unit shipments, with a record total of 56.3 million smartphones, representing almost double the market share of Apple, which sold 26.9 million units.

The Samsung S3 alone accounted for nearly 18 million units sold in the third quarter. With the festive season closing in, these sales are expected to continue to increase for Samsung as well as Apple with its iPhone 5.

As for smartphone operating systems, a report according to Juniper research named Android as the OS that was able to drive smartphone sales across all price tiers.

Surprisingly, ZTE shipped 20 million smartphones over the first three quarters, with its third quarter sales exceeding both Nokia and RIM. Nokia managed to ship only 6.3 million smartphones in Q3 2012, a 63% drop compared to Q3 2011. RIM on the other hand managed to ship 7.7 million units in the same period.

Other Android smartphone manufacturers including HTC and Motorola also saw shipments fall.

LG posted a 24% quarter-on-quarter growth with 7 million smartphone shipments. While LG has posted a profit for its smartphone business, it is still facing a challenge when competing against the likes of Apple and Samsung.

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