Samsung has big pans for next year. Really big plans. In fact, the company hopes to ship more than 510 million phones in 2013. By comparison, Samsung is on track to ship 420 million phones this year, and that includes major flagship devices such as the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II.
The South Korean phone maker expects to ship more than 390 million smartphones next year and just 120 million dumb phones (or feature phones), according to a report in The Korea Times. The news outlet didn’t cite Samsung directly, but instead relied on information passed on from Samsung’s supply chain and other sources inside Samsung.
Samsung’s mobile phone sales are expected to displace Nokia out of the top spot for the first time this year. IHS iSuppli expects Nokia’s market share to drop from 30% in 2011 to 24% this year, while Samsung’s slice of the pie climbs from 24% in 2011 to 29% this year. Nokia has been the leader in the mobile phone market since 1998.