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Smartphones have overtaken PCs by shipments

by Scott Bicheno on 9 February 2011, 12:24

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Market researcher IDC has released its latest figures for the smartphone market in Q4 2010 and for the whole year. Smartphone shipments almost doubled year-on-year to over 100 million units in Q4.

Last month IDC published its preliminary figures for global PC shipments in Q4. They grew by a mere 2.7 percent to around 92 million units.

That means, according to IDC's figures, smartphone shipments overtook those of PC for the first time in Q4 2010.

This is just a milestone, but it's a pretty significant one. Of course the definition of ‘smartphone' is open to debate, but it should encapsulate hand-held devices with Internet connectivity and computing functionality. Mini-PCs, in other words.

To put all this into perspective we've reproduced some IDC tables below, showing the smartphone, PC and total phone markets. Note smartphones should overtake PCs on a full-year basis and they remain only a small minority of total mobile phones shipped.

 

Top Five Smartphone Vendors, Shipments, and Market Share, Q4 2010 (Units in Millions)

Vendor

4Q10 Units Shipped

4Q10 Market Share

4Q09 Units Shipped

4Q09 Market Share

Year-over-year growth

Nokia

28.3

28.0%

20.8

38.6%

36.1%

Apple

16.2

16.1%

8.7

16.1%

86.2%

Research In Motion

14.6

14.5%

10.7

19.9%

36.4%

Samsung

9.7

9.6%

1.8

3.3%

438.9%

HTC

8.6

8.5%

2.4

4.5%

258.3%

Others

23.5

23.3%

9.5

17.6%

147.4%

Total

100.9

100.0%

53.9

100.0%

87.2%



Top Five Smartphone Vendors, Shipments, and Market Share, Calendar Year 2010 (Units in Millions)

Vendor

2010 Units Shipped

2010 Market Share

2009 Units Shipped

2009 Market Share

Year-over-year growth

Nokia

100.3

33.1%

67.7

39.0%

48.2%

Research In Motion

48.8

16.1%

34.5

19.9%

41.4%

Apple

47.5

15.7%

25.1

14.5%

89.2%

Samsung

23

7.6%

5.5

3.2%

318.2%

HTC

21.5

7.1%

8.1

4.7%

165.4%

Others

61.5

20.3%

32.6

18.8%

88.7%

Total

302.6

100.0%

173.5

100.0%

74.4%

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, January 27, 2011.

Note: Vendor shipments are branded shipments and exclude OEM sales for all vendors.

 

Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide PC Shipments, Fourth Quarter 2010 (Preliminary) (Units Shipments are in thousands)

Rank

Vendor

4Q10

Shipments

Market

Share

4Q09

Shipments

Market

Share

4Q10/4Q09

Growth








1

HP

17,955

19.5%

18,115

20.2%

-0.9%

2

Dell

11,140

12.1%

10,686

11.9%

4.2%

3

Acer Group

9,775

10.6%

11,505

12.8%

-15.0%

4

Lenovo

9,551

10.4%

7,888

8.8%

21.1%

5

Toshiba

5,347

5.8%

4,768

5.3%

12.1%









Others

38,308

41.6%

36,687

40.9%

4.4%









All Vendors

92,075

100.0%

89,649

100.0%

2.7%

 

Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide PC Shipments, 2010 (Preliminary) (Units Shipments are in thousands)

Rank

Vendor

2010

Shipments

Market

Share

2009

Shipments

Market

Share

2010/2009

Growth








1

HP

64,213

18.5%

60,072

19.7%

6.9%

2

Dell

43,403

12.5%

38,419

12.6%

13.0%

3

Acer Group

42,430

12.3%

38,412

12.6%

10.5%

4

Lenovo

34,182

9.9%

24,904

8.2%

37.3%

5

Toshiba

19,095

5.5%

15,837

5.2%

20.6%









Others

142,874

41.3%

127,139

41.7%

12.4%









All Vendors

346,198

100.0%

304,783

100.0%

13.6%

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, January 12, 2011

 

Top Five Mobile Phone Vendors, Shipments, and Market Share, Q4 2010 (Units in Millions)







Vendor

4Q10 Unit Shipments

4Q10 Market Share

4Q09 Unit Shipments

4Q09 Market Share

Year-over-year Change


Nokia

123.7

30.8%

126.8

37.2%

-2.4%


Samsung

80.7

20.1%

68.8

20.2%

17.3%


LG Electronics

30.6

7.6%

33.9

10.0%

-9.7%


ZTE

16.8

4.2%

9.5

2.8%

76.8%


Apple

16.2

4.0%

8.7

2.6%

86.2%


Others

133.4

33.2%

92.8

27.3%

43.8%


Total

401.4

100.0%

340.5

100.0%

17.9%


 

 

Top Five Mobile Phone Vendors, Shipments, and Market Share, 2010 (Units in Millions)






Vendor

2010 Unit Shipments

2010 Market Share

2009 Unit Shipments

2009 Market Share

Year-over-year Change

Nokia

453.0

32.6%

431.8

36.9%

4.9%

Samsung

280.2

20.2%

227.2

19.4%

23.3%

LG Electronics

116.7

8.4%

117.9

10.1%

-1.0%

ZTE

51.8

3.7%

26.7

2.3%

94.0%

Research In Motion

48.8

3.5%

34.5

2.9%

41.4%

Others

437.7

31.5%

333.5

28.5%

31.2%

Total

1388.2

100.0%

1171.6

100.0%

18.5%

Source: IDC Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker, January 27, 2011

 



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