A new report from DigiTimes suggests that global smartphone shipments for this year are expected to reach 462 million. That would be a 60 percent increase from the 288 million smartphones shipped in 2010.
According to analysts, the leading vendor will be Apple, topping the 74.4 million units expected to be shipped by Nokia. The report suggests that Apple is expected to ship 86.4 million units in 2011, which would be a significant increase from the 47.5 million iPhones the company shipped last year.
Nokia would fall to No. 2 worldwide. In 2010, Nokia shipped over 100 million smartphones, but is expected to fall while the rest of the industry sees tremendous growth. Coming in third, will be Samsung, which is involved in a heated legal battle with Apple. Samsung is expected to see its shipments increase 44 percent to 67 million units.
In all, the top five smartphone makers — Apple, Nokia, Samsung, Research in Motion and HTC — are forecast to top 333 million units. Together, they would account for 72 percent of total units shipped in 2011.
Last quarter was the best yet for Apple in terms of iPhone shipments, which reached 20.34 million, representing a 142 percent year-over-year increase. Clearly, the iPhone is “dead in the water“.