Sources: Reuters, Financial Times, UBS [iPhone 4S sales prediction]
quote: BNP Paribas and Korea Investment & Securities offer the most bullish estimate of the analysts, predicting that Samsung will report sales of 170 million smartphones for the year. If Samsung indeed reports such a dominant result it may blow through next year's target of 150 million units. The consensus is that Samsung likely moved 35 million smartphones, at least, over the last quarter, maintaining its global lead. The most bullish Apple predictor among the major analysts currently is Maynard Um investment bank UBS AG (UBS). UBS predicts 30 million iPhone 4S were sold in Oct.-Dec. 2011. That would bring Apple's total yearly iPhone sales to 86.06 million units (a mixture of iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S units).
quote: If both companies met their most optimistic targets, that would mean Samsung would have outsold Apple almost 2-smartphones-to-1 globally, for the year.