Global smartphone shipments expected to be just shy of a billion in 2013

The first half of 2013 saw smartphone shipments in tune of 420 million – seemingly constrained for the fact that suppliers of RAM and NAND flash chips didn’t budge on pricing but, the second half will see shipments of nearly 530 million smartphones taking the tally of total smartphones shipped during 2013 to a whopping 950 million.

Some of the regions where shipments are expected to soar are Eastern European countries, India, Latin America, Russia and parts of Southeast Asia. Vendors wouldn’t be able to ship many devices in China considering the huge inventories of TD-SCDMA models they have at their disposal notes Digitimes Research.

Just about a week ago it was reported that global smartphone shipments have surpassed those of feature phones and with easing of prices of RAM and NAND flash chips, shipments in second half of 2013 are expected to rise by nearly 20% as compared to first half. According to a report by research firm Gartner, second quarter of 2013 registered smartphone shipments in tune of 225 million units – a 46.5 per cent rise year-on-year while the same period marked a fall in shipments of feature phone to just 210 million units – a 21 per cent decline year-on-year.

Android devices managed a near 80 per cent share of the global smartphone market marking a near 16 per cent point jump from last year. Apple managed a market share of just 14.2 per cent and stood second – a 4.6 per cent point decrease as compared to last year.

The Digitimes report further notes that the prices of HD and full HD panels will remain high because of controlled shipments of these components. The report also notes that Samsung will remain the top vendor for 2013 while Apple will hold the second position followed by LG. Lenovo and Sony will command fourth and fifth positions respectively by end of 2013.