Samsung has just won Best Smarphone and Device Manufacturer of the Year at the GSMA Mobile World Congress Awards with their Galaxy S2 being the celebrated handset largely responsible for the fantastic year for the Korean manufacturer. Despite winning with the iPhone 4 in 2011’s Mobile World Congress awards, Apple didn’t get a look-in this year.
Sharing some impressive figures, JK Shin, President of IT and Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics had this to say:
“We are pleased to receive this honor from GSMA and believe that it’s a testament to Samsung’s innovation, quality products, and attention to consumer preferences. We sold over 97 million smartphones in 2011, demonstrating that this is the right approach.”
Selling over 300m smart and feature phones in the year, it’s been a great one for Samsung since the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S2 at last years MWC. With a comparatively under-whelming show this MWC with no flagships announced however and not a single quad-core device demonstrated, Samsung look to be taking a more Apple-esque approach to flagship announcements in 2012.
Will this hurt them in future award ceremonies as it has done Apple? Only time will tell, however right now it seems clear that MWC is celebrating Samsung in a big way.