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Samsung continues its pace of frenzied growth

Smartphones have dominated the discussion surrounding South Korean electronics conglomerate Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KS:005930).  Samsung recently bested rival Apple, Inc. (AAPLby 65 percent in calendar Q3 2011 unit sales to seize the global lead.

But it is the company's greater phone lineup, which primarily consists of so-called "feature phones" (i.e., traditional cell phones), that Samsung was celebrating in a recent press release.  According to Samsung, its total mobile phone sales topped 300 million for the first time in the company's history.

While Apple may be Samsung's major rival in the smartphone industry, Nokia Oyj. (HEL:NOK1V) is Samsung's major nemesis in the general phone market.  In 2010, Nokia outsold Samsung by moving 453 million devices [source; PDF] compared to Samsung's 280 million. 

Samsung's did not reveal precise numbers, but sales of "over" 300 million would indicate at least a modest 7 percent growth.

That growth has come largely at the expense of Nokia.  Thus far this year Nokia has reported [1][2][3] shipping 245.9 million traditional cell phones and 57.7 million smartphones, in the first three calendar quarters of the year -- down quite a bit from last year.  Those numbers indicate that Nokia's overall cellular device sales could be down by 25 million units or more this year.

Samsung's battle with Nokia is especially fierce in China, the world's biggest feature phone and smartphone market.

The company's flagship Galaxy S II smartphone lineup recently hit the 10 million mark in sales.  That is impressive given the late fall start the Galaxy S II was pushed off to in the U.S. after its initial April launch in South Korea and summer launches on the Asian and European markets.

The Samsung Galaxy S II
The Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S II

Meanwhile, the slightly older Galaxy S lineup reported sales had reached close to 20 million, raising the cumulative Galaxy family smartphone sales mark to 30 million -- a number that trails only Apple's record of 100+ million iPhones shipped since the device's 2007 launch.

JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung's Mobile Communications Business, told Reuters, who first reported the 300+ million units sold, "We look forward to extending this success going into 2012."

Full numbers for calendar 2011 should arrive next month from Samsung.

Source: Reuters

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What's with the Nappa reference?
By quiksilvr on 12/12/2011 9:42:46 AM , Rating: 4
300 million is like Cell power levels and not Goku in the Saiyan Saga--



RE: What's with the Nappa reference?
By supermitsuba on 12/12/2011 11:03:19 AM , Rating: 2
But 300 million is still OVER 9000!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Omega215D on 12/12/2011 11:35:05 AM , Rating: 2
Apple: What? 300 Million? There's no way that can be right!

Asiam beats Americans yet again
By Mr_L on 12/12/2011 11:08:26 PM , Rating: 2
Soon Samsung will dominate the world along with other Asian brands and benefit from the battle between American brands of Microsoft, Google and Apple.

RE: Asiam beats Americans yet again
By Boze on 12/13/2011 4:47:07 AM , Rating: 2
Yeap, and I wish them well.

I'd rather bow to my Korean overlords than to the Empire of Jobs.

At least my Korean overlords give me some choice in what apps I can and cannot install.

Tony Swash must really hate this article... Samsung's sold almost double the amount of iPhones so far. I wonder how many of those 300 million phones are Android-based smartphones?

Gonna be a sad day when the Galaxy S line of phones alone outshines the iPhone, but it looks like that's quickly where we're headed.

October 2011 - 30 million Galaxy S & Galaxy S II phones sold to date? That phone line has been out, what? 14 months? 18 months?

I hope they strapped Steve-o in, he might be spinning...

By Samsung galaxy s2 on 12/13/2011 3:18:13 AM , Rating: 2
I have been looking for samsung galaxy s2 for a long time. I saw it in three Korean movies, and since than I really liked it, and I really want this phone. Here in United States of America no company has this phone I have checked all of them, and they told me that I only can get it from Europe or Korea. But I really want the Korean version, and if it is the phone as shown on the picture from above and is the Korean version, I want it and help me get it please. Also it must be new in box and to be able to use it USA. I am with AT&T company so I it needs to be working well here in USA and at the AT&T company. Please help me to get this phone, if possible I would like to buy the white color but if it’s not possible than I will get the black one. Please let me know, and help me. If you have an answer please e-mail me at Thank you and I will be waiting for your answer or comment.

By sprockkets on 12/12/2011 12:32:00 PM , Rating: 1
Wish they just tell us how many android phones were sold, cause ya know who is going to come in and be a debbie downer.

Dang, I want that white SG2, but they don't come in white on Tmob :(

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