Camera phone sales rocketing: up 166% in Q2

11 Sep 2003

According to independent research by Canalys, sales of mobile phones with integrated cameras in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) rose sharply in the three months to 30 June, bucking the trend of an otherwise flagging handset market. Sales of both high-end smart phones from manufacturers such as Nokia and Sony Ericsson fared well, as did the rising number of less expensive models arriving from Asia. In the three-month period under review total sales rose by 166% from 1,443,310 to 3,843,940, with Finland’s Nokia taking a 42.6% share (1,636,430 units), up from 40.8% (588,380) previously. Sony Ericsson took second spot with 848,160 handsets shipped, having boosted its share by ten percentage points to 22.1%. Samsung, Sharp and Panasonic recorded sales of 404,630, 374,500 and 284,700 units respectively, while the remaining 295,520 was split between smaller players.