Bluetooth-enabled handsets remained constant at 18%, while phones with an integrated camera increased from 11% to 14%. One in two handsets shipped in 3Q 2003 had a colour screen.
EMEA mobile phone punters want cameraphones – if Q3 sales are anything to go by. According to market watcher Canalys, some 4.9 mil of the devices shipped in Q3 2003 – almost as many as shipped in the first two quarters of the year combined.
Q3 cameraphone shipments were up 29% on Q2, Canalys said this week, taking the nine-month total to ten mil units. Both Sony Ericsson and Samsung saw shipments rise ahead of the average, with shipments growing sequentially by 48% and 34%, respectively. By contrast, Nokia’s shipments were down 3.2%, but it still look the lion’s share of the market – some 34.9% of cameraphones shipped during Q3 had the Nokia name stamped upon them. Sony Ericsson came in second place with 25.7% of the EMEA market. Samsung was third (11.1%), followed by Sharp (8.5%). All the rest took a combined 15.3% of the market.
Backed by rapidly growing demand in Japan and South Korea, global sales of camera phones in the period expanded to 25 M units from four million units a year before, while digital camera sales doubled to 20 M units.
Future Image Wire, a San Mateo, Calif., research firm dedicated to tracking the world of digital imaging, says that some 50 million camera phones will be sold this year worldwide. That’s 50% more than the total sales of digital cameras that the firm forecasts for 2003.
|Major Taiwanese DSC makers: August 2003 revenues|
|Premier Image Technology||2,420||15.1%||80.5%||13,497||51.3%|
Just under 3.9 million cameraphones shipped in Europe during Q2, up from just over 1.4 million in Q2 2002. Nokia took a healthy 42.6 per cent of the European cameraphone market during Q2, followed by Sony Ericsson on 22.1 per cent and Samsung on 10.5 per cent. Sharp (9.7 per cent) and Panasonic (7.4 per cent) complete the top five vendors list – all the rest account for just 7.7 per cent of the market, some 295,520 units.