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Smart phones outpace PCs in Q4 10

Posted: 14 Feb 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:smart phones  PCs  market report 

Smart phone shipments all over the world reached 10.09 crore in Q4 2010, according to International Data Corp., more than the record the 9.21 crore PCs shipped for the same quarter. This is an increase of 87.2 per cent over Q4 2009.

For the full year 2010, vendors shipped 30.26 crore smart phones worldwide, up 74.4 per cent from 2009, according to IDC. At the same time, total PC shipments for 2010 reached 34.62 crore, an increase of 13.6 per cent from 2009.

"Android continues to gain by leaps and bounds, helping to drive the smart phone market," said Ramon Llamas, senior research analyst, mobile phone technology and trends team, IDC.

Llamas adds that Android has become the cornerstone of several vendors' smart phone strategies and has quickly become the challenger to market leader Symbian, which is backed by market leader Nokia.

Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker programme, said component suppliers will help drive sustained interest in smart phones.

"Mobile phone users will find compelling reasons to turn in their older models as new ones are launched with dual-core processors and NFC chips," he said.

IDC said it expects further gains for the smart phone market in 2011, as smart phone vendors deepen and broaden their offerings. "IDC expects vendors to provide more mid-range and low-end smart phones at lower prices to reach the mass market," said Llamas.

- Dylan McGrath
EE Times

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