HMD’s smartphone shipment increases by 20% to 4.8 million Nokia phones in Q2


HMD Global shipped 4.8 million Nokia smartphones in the second quarter of 2019, 800,000 more than it managed over the same period last year.

The Finnish company shipped 4.8 million units in Q2 2019. Over the same period in 2018, 4 million units were shipped, and that translates into a 20% year-on-year growth. Global market share also rose from 1.1% to 1.3%.

HMD Global joined the smartphone game in 2017 and has seen plenty of success since then. The company has embraced the Android One program, with all of its devices being Android One offerings. That makes Nokia devices the first port of call for those who value stock Android and fast updates. There’s also the fact that the company has mostly focused on the mid-range, relatively high-value devices.

While HMD Global’s numbers are impressive in a vacuum, some context is needed. Shipping less than a million more devices year-on-year isn’t all that outstanding, especially considering the massive goodwill and hype that came with the brand’s reinvention back in 2017.