Nokia is back finally among the smartphone big boys – well, sort of

Figures from the first three months of 2018 suggest Nokia has broken back into the top five manufacturers.

According to the estimates from Canalys, Nokia-branded phones, built by HMD Global, shipped 1.6 million units. That’s a 3.5% share of the market.

The company trails Samsung (15.2m sales, 33.1% share), Apple (10.2m, 22.2%), Huawei (7.4m, 16.1%) and Xiaomi (2.4m, 5.3%).

Interestingly, for Xiaomi, it represents a figure represented as >999% increase in sales in Europe.

Anyway, back to Nokia. While 1.6 million sales won’t make too many headlines, it’s highly significant progress for HMD Global as it looks to put the Nokia name back on the map.

Significantly, it sold more handsets than the bigger names than Moto, LG and HTC.

HMD Global’s Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas is certainly pleased with the news.

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