Sony Ericsson sold about 5 million smartphones in Q1 2011, mostly Androids

Sony Ericsson has announced its financial results for Q1 2011 (ended March 31). The company sold 8.1 million handsets during the quarter – 3.1 million less than in Q4 2010  when it shipped 11.2 million units).

The interesting part is that more than 60% of the handsets sold in the last quarter were smartphones – this means about 5 million SE smartphones. Of course, most of those are Android-based.

The average selling price (ASP) for Q1 2011 was €141, a 4% increase sequentially. Total sales for the quarter were €1,145 million, while the net income was a meager €11 million (hey, that’s still profit).

Sony Ericsson’s newest Android 2.3 smartphones – Xperia Arc, Xperia Play, and the Xperia Neo – were only launched towards the end of the quarter. Most likely, they’ll drive the sales up during Q2, despite the fact that, according to the company, “the Japan earthquake made it a challenging quarter operationally and we are experiencing some disruptions to our supply chain.”

Since Symbian is nearing EOL, and Windows Phone is now backed by the world’s largest handset vendor, I believe that virtually all of SE’s future smartphones will run Android – at least in the next few years. And if you’re thinking “hey, didn’t a SE WP7 handset appeared just recently?” – well, that’s likely just a cancelled prototype.

Via Press reelase

Author: Florin

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