Who are the top mobile device manufacturers in Western Europe? You may be surprised.

by: Nate SwannerJune 26, 2013

Western Europe

You’ve got Samsung, Apple, and everyone else. No matter where you go, Samsung and Apple dominate the smartphone landscape. In Western Europe, there is a new challenger to the throne, and it’s one we’re happy to have.

Sony shipped the third most mobile devices during the first quarter of 2013. They moved 3.2 million handhelds, which puts them in third place. Samsung shipped a daunting 14.3 million units, and Apple checked in with 6.2 million iPhones distributed.

As for market share, Samsung commands the landscape with 45%.

While 3.2 million devices puts them in distant third, we’d like to consider their place in the smartphone market last year. This time last year, they were next to oblivion, teetering on mobile extinction. A renewed focus and dedication to their craft gave us the Xperia line, and the upcoming Xperia Z Ultra is a nice piece of hardware.

Another surprise may be LG, who shipped 2.4 million devices. If you look at sales this time last year for both Sony and LG, they have doubled up or better; moving 1.6 and 0.5 million units, respectively. HTC didn’t crack the top 5, instead being relegated to “other” along with the other smaller players in Western Europe.

As for market share, Samsung commands the landscape with 45%. Apple gets 20%, and Sony commands about 10%. That’s nearly double for Sony, but Apple shipped less units versus Q1 2012, and gave up about 5% market share. The only ones who were down this year versus last were Apple, Nokia, and the “others”–all posting double-digit differences.

The really interesting tidbit to take away might be Nokia, who shipped nearly one million less handsets. In Q1 2012 they sent 2.3 million units, and only 1.6 million this quarter. At least in Western Europe, their dedication to Windows phone seems to be working out for everyone else involved.


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  • Nick Dion

    Where’s the surprise?

    • Larkhillv

      Indeed. The only small surprise for me is that HTC wasn’t on that list. At least State side, I imagine they sell better than LG and Nokia, at least prior to the Nexus 4 for LG.

    • MasterMuffin

      I bet you were surprised when the was no surprise even though promised. Surprise!

      • Anonymousfella


        • MasterMuffin

          Something like that :D


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  • weed

    I’m so happy that HTC is out of the list, it shows that Europeans are the most quality aware buyers. People remember the defective phones and HTCs reluctance to do something about it, plus the ultra-lagging One X, possibly the worst phone of 2012, I know someone who tried to buy one but the guys in the store refused to sell him anything that crappy.

    • MasterMuffin

      What have you been smoking, weed? Pun intended :D

      • just some guy

        he is totally right he may be high but he knows what he says

        • MasterMuffin

          “Europeans are the most quality aware buyers.” that may be true, don’t know about the rest

    • Amine Elouakil

      bro are you high?