Worldwide Phone Sales Drop by 2.3 % in Q2 2012

Apple-5th-Avenue-New-CubeA new report by Research firm Gartner has said that sales of mobile phone unites, worldwide, dropped by 2.3 percent in the 2nd quarter of 2012 to reach 419 million phones units.

Report said that 36.7 percent of total sales were smartphones.

Analysts have blamed the anticipation for the next generation iPhone in Q3 for this decline in worldwide sales. As iPhone launches have already seen long queues, this reason seems valid enough.

Samsung once again dominated the quarter with sales of 90.4 million units and marketshare of 21.6 percent. Nokia was a close second with sales of 83.4 million phones and market share of 19.9 percent while Apple got the third spot with sales of 28.9 million and a marketshare of 6.9 percent.

Samsung’s marketshare increased by 5.3 percent in the last quarter. ZTE and LG came forth and fifth with sales of 17.9 million and 14.3 million and marketshares of 4.3 and 3.4 percent respectively.

Huawei, TCL, HTC, Motorola and RIM wrapped up the top ten.

Sales will most probably increase in Q3 due to the launching of iPhone 5 and Windows Phone 8 smartphones. Q3 will surely be an exciting quarter for the mobile phone industry.

Interestingly IDC, last week, published a report with almost similar stats – creating an impression that sources of data between IDC and Gartner is either shared or is too much identical.

Check below table for sale of new units for mobile phone manufacturers in second quarter of 2012.

Gartner Phone Sales


  • More and more people are buying new mobiles then why their sale is going down.
    While in pas few days a research shows us that india has more mobiles then toilets, lolz

  • JZEEK

    Samsung is bringing More And More costumer oriented products and wining the market share by a good margin i hope samsung will be going high in coming times in the mobile and tablet race as well…

  • Saeed

    Its better for Nokia to adopt Android OS to increase sales and his reputation in the smartphone market.

  • asif

    what about Q mobile android smartphone
    noir A2 is very popular and cheap but still now review of this phone
    admin plz bring reviews of Q mobile noir series

    • Mushahid Hussain

      Just for your knowledge sake, QMobile is known as Micromax in India, it’s the worlds 12th largest handset maker and most of its sales come from India.

      • Mushahid Hussain

        P.S I might be wrong about Qmobile being owned by Micromax but that’s just what I heard and there’s not much info about Qmobile online.

        • Mushahid Hussain

          but some research has told me that its owned by a local Pakistani so I guess either what I heard was wrong or Micromax has a share in Qmobile.

  • HTC is Really as they say ,Quietly Brilliant as far as the user Interface is Concerned
    But i dont know why People Like The Bullshit Interface of Samsung Galaxy series which is Almost same from Galaxy mini to Galaxy sIII
    Samsung,a Change is Really Needed…..

    • Mushahid Hussain

      I will accept that Samsung touchwiz sucks ass, its ugly but very very fast.Also Touchwiz on the S3 is far different and better than that of the mini so you probably need to get your eyes checked.

      Sense might look good but it ain’t great, its slow since its a memory hog and comes with lot of bloatware.Heck both these UIs need to be improved although HTC needs to work on the excessive noise compression on their cameras first.

      MIUI is probably the best interface on Android right now followed by stock JB/ICS experience.

  • Saim Ali

    But if Samsung is bringing more customer oriented products what about the reliability of the mobile phone? i believe in reliability not on teh new products although new features and products do matter to me..dekho site has a wide variety of mobile phones for all brands..

    • Mushahid Hussain

      reliability as in ? If you’re talking about build quality then Samsung smartphones aren’t poor, they might be made of plastic but they are strong.Plus the S3 is made of polycarbonate, the same stuff used for the N9/Lumia 800 and the One X.

  • Mushahid Hussain

    I feel really sad for Nokia, WP7 hasn’t really turned out the way they wanted but hopefully W8 might kick start their growth again.