Smartphones accounted for 51.8 per cent of global handset sales in the quarter while it is still just above 27 per cent in the region.
In the MEA, the overall market grew just 1.23 per cent to 46.09 million compared to 45.53 million units during the same period last year but the smartphone market soared 31.89 per cent to 12.53 million compared to last year's 9.50 million units.
Worldwide handset sales totalled 435 million units in the second quarter, an increase of 3.6 per cent from the same period last year, according to
"The biggest noteworthy part is that BlackBerry was able to come back in the top-five vendors list mainly due to the slashing of prices of older models. They were selling a BlackBerry Curve model for
She said sales of Q10 were OK but sales were coming in from older models. They have even slashed prices of Z10.
"We did not except the news of sale of BlackBerry devices and we are now debating internally about the company's future. MEA is their last resort of good sales. There is lot of speculation at the moment," she said.
"We anticipate that the proliferation of mobile broadband networks and greater economies of scale realised in the market will encourage steady growth of the segment in the third quarter," said Ashraf Fawakherji, vice-president of Huawei Device Middle East.
Following the pace set in the first half of the year,
Samsung maintained its No 1 position in the global and regional smartphone market, as its share of global smartphone sales reached 31.7 per cent compared to 54 per cent in the MEA.
"It will be very difficult for
Low-cost smartphones, which are now priced under
More and more low-smartphone vendors are entering the region with
Market intelligence firm
"We see the rapid uptake of smartphones over feature phones continuing to drive down the price of smartphone technologies with a wider variety of models also becoming available within the mid-range and low-end smartphone segments. That diversification is unprecedented in the smartphone space as global vendors are now pressured more than ever to set themselves apart from the competition through unique hardware & software packages, alliances with third-party media & entertainment houses, and more competitive pricing strategies," Fawakherji said.
Unbranded Chinese vendors sold around six million units in the second quarter in the MEA.
"We are on track with the mobile phone market for the next two quarters and will see a continual fall in feature phones and a continual rise in smartphones in the region," she said.
In the third quarter,
"We expect around 47 million handsets to be sold, out of which around 13-13.5 million are likely to be smartphones," Zimmermann said.
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