[digitimes] Sales of handsets with dual-SIM cards in the global market are expected to double in 2010 after the segment registered a strong growth of 74% in 2009, according to industry sources citing data from market research firm Strategy Analytics.
Total sales of dual-SIM handsets will reach 100 million units in 2014, accounting for 7% of global handset sales, Strategy Analytics data showed.
Handset solution vendors, including MediaTek, Spreadtrum Communications, Infineon Technologies and recently Qualcomm, have all ventured into the segment, noted the sources, who also indicated that Infineon's new XMM 2138 platform is designed for the development of single- and dual-SIM handsets.
While branded handset vendors such as Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics (LGE), Motorola, HTC and Acer have already launched related dual-SIM devices, Nokia reportedly also plans to launch its first dual-SIM model in the second quarter of 2010 targeting the markets in China and Russia, the sources revealed.
Sales of dual-SIM handsets to double in 2010, sources say