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Samsung Beats Nokia and Apple to Become Top Mobile Maker

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Smartphones account for the increasing success of Samsung’s handsets, largely at Nokia’s expense.

Surging sales of Galaxy smartphones mean that Samsung can now claim to be the biggest mobile phone manufacturer in the world, ousting Nokia from its 14-year position at the top.

In the first quarter of 2012, Samsung sold 93.5m handsets. According to research firm Strategy Analytics, that means one in four phones sold in the global market is a Samsung mobile.

Almost half of Samsung’s mobile income is due to the Galaxy touchscreen range. The Korean company increased its smartphone sales lead over Apple, shifting 44.5m smartphones compared to Apple’s 35.1m iPhones in the January to March period.

Samsung Galaxy Note

However, Apple’s mobile range is more limited than Samsung’s and remains pitched at the more lucrative end of the market. So, while Apple sells slightly less in volume, it makes a lot more money, although Samsung also profits from selling display-screen components to Apple. It’s certainly yet more bad news for the loss-making Nokia.

Increasing demand for Samsung’s higher end handsets, such as the Galaxy Note, the Galaxy S2 and the imminent S3 are set to continue to boost Samsung’s fortunes, so it won’t be a surprise if it holds its pole position over the coming months.

Via The Telegraph

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