SA's data says that Samsung shipped 93.5 million handsets in Q1 2012, which is 36 percent more year-over-year. On the other hand, Nokia shipped 82.7 million handsets. Samsung also issued its financial statement for Q1 2012, saying it had Q1 2012 net income today of $4.5 billion (operating income of $5.2 billion) and sales of $40 billion, topping analysts’ estimates.
Nokia, meanwhile, had already reported a $1.8 billion first-quarter operating loss as its handset sales continue to slump.
Tom Kang, a Seoul-based research analyst at Strategy Analytics, said “Last year Samsung became No. 1 in Europe while Nokia retained the No. 1 position in most emerging markets. In the first quarter, we expect Samsung took a lot of market share from Nokia in Asia. China and India were the two biggest markets where Samsung gained.”
Earlier this month, Nokia said that its new Windows Phone smartphone line amounted to sales of more than 2 million units in Q1 2012. According to SA, that's out of 11.9 million smartphones that Nokia shipped, meaning that the lion's share of Nokia devices is still Symbian or other Nokia-developed platforms.