1/28/2008 5:18:00 PM
Slider mobile phones on the up as flip phones tumble
The slider format of phones surged from less than 30% to over 40% of the total market in the space of a year.
Big sellers such as the Nokia N95 and a host of Samsungs, notably the G600, have increased popularity in the form factor from the end of 2006 to the end of last year.
The statistics came from GfK and can be seen in full on Mobile’s Data and Trends section.
Share of sliders sat at 40.3% at the end of November, up from 29% the previous year. Bar phones also lifted by a couple of percent to 48%, with the flip form collapsing from 25% to 9%.
Sliders look set to dominate even further this year, as manufacturers look to make the most of the large screen size sliders offer, without bulking up the overall size.
Mobile’s most recent tracker chart showed the Nokia 6500 slider at the top, followed by Sony Ericsson’s W910i, also a slide handset, with the Samsung G600 and Nokia N95 also in the running.
Retailers cited the demise of Motorola’s Razr V3 as a big factor in the slowdown in flip phones, and have continually given top marks for slider handsets in the Retailer Review.