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Asian makers carry Q2 phone sales: Gartner

telecom | 08/18/2016 4:50 pm EDT

Asian mobile phone manufacturers helped drive global smartphone sales to a 4.3 per cent year-over-year increase in the second quarter of 2016, despite slowing overall sales, according to data released by Gartner Inc. Thursday. Only half of the top-10 mobile phone vendors increased their sales in the quarter to a total of 344 million units, though overall sales of all mobile phones contracted by 0.5 per cent, the U.K.-based company said in a press release. “Demand for premium smartphones slowed in the second quarter of 2016 as consumers wait for new hardware launches in the second...

Global smartphone sales up 15.5% in Q3: Gartner

Media | 11/18/2015 3:25 pm EST

Demand for affordable devices helped global sales of smartphones hit 353 million units in the third quarter of 2015, up 15.5 per cent from the same period a year earlier, Gartner Inc. said Wednesday.  The research company said in a press release that Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. “refreshed its flagship devices,” in order to address slowing demand for its high-end devices and compete with Apple Inc.’s large-screened iPhones. Gartner reported it sold 83.6 million units in the third quarter of this year, up from 72.9 million during the same period a year earlier. Gartner added that Apple “continued its dominance” in the marketplace with its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, and noted that its successful launch of its 6s and 6s Plus models at the end of September...