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Friday, March 30, 2012

Over half of the world’s new mobile phones will be smartphones in 2016

Figures from ABI Research predict that worldwide smartphone sales will overtake sales of all other ‘non-smart’ mobile phones by 2016. It also expects the total number of handset shipments to increase by 29% in the next four years, from 1.7 billion in 2012 to 2.2 billion in 2016.

Total shipments of non-smartphones are expected to grow 1.08 billion in 2012 to 1.09 billion in 2016, while smartphone shipments will grow from 643 million this year to 1.1 billion.

Kevin Burden, vice president and practice director for mobile devices at ABI Research, said “This emerging scenario could become a very dangerous situation for Nokia’s handset business as the smartphone and feature phone segments will not be able to support each other in trying times.”

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