Taipei, Saturday, September 5, 2015 03:54 (GMT+8)
partly cloudy
Taipei
27°C
Digitimes Research: Global smartphone shipments to reach 950 million in 2013
Luke Lin, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei [Monday 19 August 2013]

Global smartphone shipments reached 420 million units in the first half of 2013 and are expected to top nearly 950 million units for the full year, Digitimes Research has estimated.

The supply of mobile RAM and NAND flash chips, which was tight and costly in the first half of 2013 in part due to price manipulation by suppliers, will ease in the second half, but that for HD and Full HD displays will remain tight in latter half of the year.

Shipment growth in China will be limited in the second half as vendors will continue to digest their high inventories of 3.5-inch TD-SCDMA models, but shipments in India, Russia, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia and Latin America will remain robust during the period.

Some handset design houses and OEMs in China have been shifting their focus to overseas markets, alleviating price competition in the homeland. Meanwhile, the top-four telecom carriers in the US have begun offering one-year subscription contracts, which is expected to stir up demand for high-end models.

Four out of the top-10 smartphone vendors in 2013 will be China-based brands, and Taiwan-based HTC will be excluded from the top-10 ranking. Samsung Electronics, Apple and LG Electronics will be the top-three vendors, with Lenovo, Sony Mobile Communications and Huawei taking the fourth to sixth positions. ZTE will rank seventh, followed by Yulong (Coolpad), Nokia and BlackBerry, with each of the last four vendors shipping about 30 million smartphones in the year, Digitimes Research estimated.

This article is an excerpt from a Chinese-language Digitimes Research report. Click here if you are interested in receiving more information about the content and price of a translated version of the full report.

Display panels for wearable devices
Wireless broadband developments in Southeast Asia markets
The transition to 4k TV - UHD TV market forecast, 2014-2017
  • Wireless broadband developments in Southeast Asia markets

    As of 2013, the 10 ASEAN nations had a total of over 700 million mobile subscriptions, with the CAGR from 2003-2013 reaching 24%. This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the various mobile broadband markets in ASEAN and looks at the respective trends in 4G LTE development for those markets.

  • 2015 global tablet demand forecast

    This Digitimes Research Special Report provides a 2015 forecast for the global tablet market and analyzes the strategies of key market players such as Google, Apple, Intel, and Microsoft.

  • 2015 China smartphone panel trend forecast

    This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the strategies of key China-based major panel makers BOE, Tianma and IVO for attacking the different market segments through technology and pricing, and their relationship to local vendors Huawei, Lenovo, ZTE, Xiaomi and Coolpad.