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New Mobile Phone Market Players Heading to the Top? Q1 Sales Impressive!

IDC analysts have just published the handset sales for the first quarter of 2011, with quite impressive results, to be honest. However, the top 5 vendors are not the focus of these results, as lower placed companies have also scored important sales. The total number of devices sold in Q1 is 371.8 million, in case you’re wondering.

Feature phone makers performed quite well, making big players lose some of their market share, according to Kevin Restivo, Senior Research Analyst with IDC’s Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker. Nokia is still at the top, with 108.5 million units sold, followed by Samsung with 70 million and LG with 24.5 million.

Apple is fourth with 18.7 million handsets, an impressive growth from the 8.7 million in Q1 2010. Fifth comes¬† ZTE with 15.1 million units, while the “Others” category gets a total of 36.3% of the market share, with 135 million phones. This section includes players like Micromax, Huawei, TLC-Alcatel and RIM, who are beginning to make a difference in the big picture.

Will Motorola and Sony Ericsson be able to also join the top contenders?