Apple To Ship More iPhones Than All Nokia Smartphones Together In 2011

Apple was officially declared as the leading smartphone manufacture in the world back in July. Today another report by DigiTimes claims Apple will also become the largest smarphones vendor in terms of shipment volume, overtaking the collective sales of all Nokia smartphones in the year 2011. Digitimes research states that by the end of 2011, Apple will have sold approximately 86.4 Million iPhone handsets, a number even higher than the best sales figures of Nokia smartphones. Meanwhile, Chinese manufacturer Huawei Technologies‘ sales will also rise, closing its gap with Sony and Motorola.

According to the report:

Apple’s smartphone shipments are projected to top 86.4 Million units in 2011, up 82% from 47.5 million units in 2010. In contrast, Nokia’s smartphone shipments in 2011 will decline to 74.4 Million units from over 100 million in 2010, said Luke Lin, analyst for Digitimes Research.

Huawei and ZTE will be two rising stars in the global smartphone market in 2011. Huawei, in particular, is expected to enjoy an over 400% rise in shipments.

Following Nokia and Apple, Samsung Electronics has been declared as the third largest smartphone brand, which is also expected to enjoy the highest shipment growth in 2011 with a projected sale of about 67 Million smartphone units worldwide. According to the same research, the total number of smartphone shipments from world’s top-5 smartphone brands will exceed 333 Million units by the end of this year. Wow!

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  • Anonymous

    Ok, that’s just smartphones.  Nokia is still shipping more phones overall.  Not everyone on the planet is using  (or can use) smartphones.

  • Brian

    Most people on the planet will be using smartphones in the near future, and that’s where the money is made and therefore market share is most important. Who is the leading CRT television manufacturer? Maybe they can team up with Nokia.

  • Anonymous

    That may be something you can predict for the North American / European market, but a lot of emerging markets in Central / South America, Africa, Southeast Asia, etc will have neither the infrastructure or support for smartphones for a long while.  Therefore the “dumb” phone or “feature” phone is still going to be a fixture for a long time to come.

    Come to one of those places sometime, I bet they would love to show you the CRT TV that they use.

  • ADC

    Samsung’s huge growth is impressive. Shows that, whatever Apple haters tell us, marketing is not everything. Put out a product that stands head and shoulder above the rest like the iPhone 4 when it came out or the Galaxy S II, and people will buy it, period.

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  • Brian

    The CRT television they use is probably from 1996, along with their call phones. I bet Nokia is glad to be dominating that market. They must be literally raking in dozens of pennies per year from that market share, haha