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Samsung Leaps over Apple, Sony in Mobile PC Sales

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    Samsung Leaps over Apple, Sony in Mobile PC Sales

    Samsung has finally dislodged Apple from the mobile PC sales rankings!

    SAN JOSE, Calif. — Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. jumped from ninth to seventh place in notebook PCs leaping over Apple and Sony, according to the latest quarterly figures from iSuppli Corp. Mobile PC shipments dropped 5.4 percent in the first three months of 2010, but still expects it will expand by 29.8 percent in 2010.

    Thanks to its strength in netbooks, Samsung's sales grew 14.6 percent to 1.9 million units in the first quarter of 2010, grabbing a 3.9 percent slice of the overall mobile PC market, iSuppli said. Fujitsu Ltd. had the biggest quarterly increase at 17.6 percent, but placed tenth overall in the rankings.

    “About 50 percent of Samsung’s mobile PC shipments in the first quarter were netbooks,” said Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst, compute platforms for iSuppli, speaking in a press release.

    “Samsung’s netbooks are enjoying strong sales to European telecommunications operators, as European consumers in the first quarter continued to snap up netbook PCs bundled with mobile broadband contracts,” he said.

    Apple and Samsung remain very close in the rankings, with only 130,000 units separating the two companies. However, Samsung now is selling mobile PCs in the U.S., opening up a huge new market opportunity for the South Korean electronics giant, Wilkins said.

    The market watcher expects the overall notebook market will grow by to 29.8 percent in 2010.

    Source: EETimes
    Last edited by Android1; Jul 7, 2010, 10:38 AM. Reason: Including benchmark rankings seemed a bit confusing, for the article is about sales rankings.