Chosun: Samsung Electronics outpaced Motorola in the second quarter to become the world’s second largest mobile phone maker.
It’s the first time Samsung has been able to climb to the number two spot, and it happened thanks to Samsung’s strategy to expand sales and Motorola’s lackluster results.
Motorola said on July 19 that it shipped 35.5 million mobile phones in the second quarter, which is 1.9 million less than Samsung’s 37.4 million shipments in the same period.
Samsung’s key to overtaking Motorola was expanding sales of low-priced phones in newly-emerging markets such as India and China. In the second quarter, Sony Ericsson ranked fourth with 24.9 million worldwide shipments, followed by LG with 19.1 million. Nokia, the number one mobile phone maker, was estimated to have sold 99 million phones worldwide.