Smart mobile phones have seen a huge rise in popularity in the last couple of years and this is highlighted by research that states shipments of dual-core smartphones reached 60 million last year.

The first smartphones equipped with dual-core processors were initially unveiled at the start of 2011 with sales beginning in February of that year.

Preliminary data conducted by Berg Insight showed that total smartphone sales grew 59 per cent to 470 million units throughout the world.

This should come as little surprise as recent research conducted by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech showed that over 50 per cent of the UK's population now owns a smartphone.

Berg Insight found that high-end smartphones with unsubsidised retail prices above €400 (£344) and low-cost handsets priced at around the €100 mark contributed to most of the growth.

Nokia was the only major vendor that experienced a decline in unit shipments during this period and slipped to 16.4 per cent of market share.

Posted by Claire Marshall

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