More Than 55 Million Smartphones Shipped In 1Q10

Thursday Jun 24th 2010 by Staff

According to ABI Research, less expensive handsets are helping spur the growth of the smartphone market.

DigiTimes: According to a new report from ABI Research, manufacturers shipped 55 million smartphones in the first quarter of this year. While that's about a million fewer units than the previous quarter, it's not as big a seasonal drop as industry watchers expected.

Analyst Michael Morgan noted, "Normally we would see a much greater decline in shipments in the first quarter; the fact that the drop was so relatively small highlights the continuing dynamic growth of the smartphone market."

The report says that the growing number of less expensive handsets is a big contributing factor to the strength of the market. For example, shipments Nokia's low-cost smartphones grew from 20.8 million units the previous quarter to 21.5 million units in the first quarter of 2010, despite seasonal impacts.

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