Sony Claims Third Place in Smartphone Market

Sony has jumped three places in the global smartphone sales rankings, trailing behind technology titans Samsung and Apple. According to new research from IDC, the Japanese technology company was the third place manufacturer in Q3, 2012. Comparatively, Sony settled for sixth place during the same period in 2011.

Achieving third place saw Sony overtake the struggling trio of RIM, Nokia and HTC. Sony's market share actually fell year-on-year from 5 percent in 2011 to 4.8 percent in 2012. Nokia saw its market share of 13.6 percent in 2011 decrease to just 3.4 percent this year. HTC, meanwhile, dropped from 10.3 percent to 4.6 percent, with RIM dropping from 9.6 percent to 4.2 percent.

Elsewhere, Samsung reported a considerable increase from 22.7 percent to 31.3 percent, while Apple's share jumped from 13.8 to 14.6 percent.

As for Sony's smartphone plans for 2013, the company expects to sell 50 million Xperia handsets, while it's also preparing the rumored 1080p "Odin" device and the 5-inch "Yuga".

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  • Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer
    Sony? Just goes to show the USA isn't the whole world, because I can't think of anyone that I know with a Sony smartphone. AT&T has, like, two Sony models, both $99.99, that I didn't even look at before upgrading...
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  • jhansonxi
    freggoMore competition for the iPhone; let the slaughter commence :-)
    May the hills run red with the blood of lawyers.
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  • freggo
    More competition for the iPhone; let the slaughter commence :-)
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  • Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer
    Sony? Just goes to show the USA isn't the whole world, because I can't think of anyone that I know with a Sony smartphone. AT&T has, like, two Sony models, both $99.99, that I didn't even look at before upgrading...
    17
  • freggo
    More competition for the iPhone; let the slaughter commence :-)
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  • jhansonxi
    freggoMore competition for the iPhone; let the slaughter commence :-)
    May the hills run red with the blood of lawyers.
    17