HP leads handheld shipments, Nokia owns 78% of smartphones

Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola and Orange manage to ship over 2 million smartphones between them, but the handheld market, at times dismissed by some as being almost saturated, managed to post a record quarter, with well over 1 million devices shipped. Highlights include HP becoming the clear leader in handheld segment, with 33% share of shipments in Q4 2003; Palm chalking up a second place with a 25% share as shipments fall 19% compared to year-ago quarter; the last quarter of 2003 becoming the first in EMEA where handhelds broke the 1 million unit barrier; and Nokia – unsurprisingly – retained smartphone leadership with 78%.

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