According to the latest statistics released by market research firm Gartner, almost 52 percent of mobile handset sales in the 2013 second quarter came from smartphone sales to end users from across the world.
The statistics reported by Gartner on Wednesday imply that, for the first time ever, sales of mobile handsets exceeded the sales of feature phones, thanks largely to smartphone-sales growth in Asian countries such as China.
Going by the Gartner figures, smartphone sales in the second quarter witnessed a growth of 46.5 percent to touch 225 million units; whereas the sales of feature phones saw a 21 percent year-on-year plunge to 210 million units.
As per the details shared by Gartner's chief research analyst Anshul Gupta, the notable growth in the sales of smartphones during the second quarter was largely an upshot of the fact that low-cost smartphones are ruling the roost in developing countries. Gupta further added that users in countries like China, India, Indonesia, and Philippines pay nearly $100 for their smartphones.
About the growth of smartphone sales beating feature-phone sales in the second quarter, Gupta said: "There is one stand out reason for why smartphones surpassed feature phones in the second quarter and that was Asia Pacific where sales grew by 74 percent year-on-year, and within the region countries like China and India were driving the growth."
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