Smartphone sales up

Unit shipments hit 40m in Q2 as consumers are enticed by advanced features
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Sales of smartphones rose by 27 per cent during the second quarter of the year, according to Gartner.

Unit shipments passed 40m units during the three-month period, with Gartner pointing to QWERTY and touchscreen as the technologies driving migration to more powerful mobiles.

"Touchscreen and qwerty devices remained a major driver for replacement sales and benefited manufacturers with strong, touch-focused mid-tier devices," commented research director Carolina Milanesi.

However, despite the positive figures, the analyst warned that the recession is having a clear impact on upgrades in both mature and emerging markets.