Nokia drops out of top five phone makers, says report

Nokia has lost its place among the world’s top five phone manufacturers, new figures suggest.

Statistics firm IDC claims that the Finnish firm lost its place among the elite to Research in Motion, whose install base topped 80 million active users during the last quarter, despite an overall decline.

Nokia Lumia 820 smartphone
iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy SIII

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The BlackBerry maker sold 7.7 million smartphones between July and September, with only Apple and Samsung managing more. However, its marketshare shrank from 9.6% last year to 4.3.

Samsung emerged as the world’s leading smartphone seller, shipping 56.3 million devices during the period in question, almost double second-placed Apple’s 26.9 million.

ZTE and HTC rounded off the top five, though the latter’s quarterly results marked a sharp year-on-year downturn. The Taiwanese firm shipped 7.3 million devices during the quarter, compared to 12.7 million units in 2011.

Although Apple’s shipment figures were dwarfed by Samsung’s, the iPhone maker shipped 10 million units more than it did last year.

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