Smartphone sales set quarterly record

Smartphone shipments from manufacturers over the last three months set a new quarterly record, according to research firm IDC.

It said 258.4 million smartphones were shipped in the third quarter, up nearly 39 percent from a year ago. That beat the previous quarterly high of 237 million smartphones shipped in the second quarter this year.

“Price points have declined significantly, driven largely by low-cost Android solutions,’ said Ryan Reith, an IDC program director in a news release. “This has helped China to become one of the fastest growing smartphone markets in the world, accounting for more than one third of all shipments last quarter. We expect this trend to continue going forward.”

Samsung was the top smartphone shipper, with 31.4 percent of the market during the most recent quarter. Apple was second with 13.1 percent. Huawei was a distant third with 4.8 percent.

Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon of Reuters


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