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LG’s smartphone dilemma lingers

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

LG’s smartphone dilemma lingers
News from Korea Times:

LG’s Optimus LTE phone

By Cho Mu-hyun

LG Electronics’ long-term evolution (LTE) phone sales exceeded the 3 million mark Sunday but its difficulty in the smartphone market isn’t easing as competitors show numbers that drastically outperform the Yeouido-based company.

Korea’s second largest handset manufacturer announced Sunday that its LTE phones have reached 3 million global sales, barely a benchmark compared to numbers and market share by competing companies, especially Samsung Electronics.

Earlier in Barcelona, during the Mobile World Congress in February, LG stated its goal to sell 8 million LTE phones and a total of 35 million smartphones this year.

According to Strategy Analytics, the worldwide leader in handset sales for the first quarter of 2012 was Samsung with a 25 percent market share. Nokia was the runner-up with 22.4 percent, while LG had a mere 3.7 percent.

LG’s sales have steadily declined in the past year. In the first and second quarter of 2011 it held 6.9 percent of the global market share but it dropped to 5.4 percent in the third and 4 percent in the fourth quarters. The firm currently ranks ninth among global handset makers.

In LTE phones alone, LG is third with 13 percent, but Samsung…………… continues on Korea Times

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