Samsung More Than Quadruples Smartphone Sales; Outsells Nokia, Apple
April 27, 2012 3:16 PM
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One in every four phones (of any kind) sold is now a Samsung; company earns $4.45B USD
When it comes to smartphones it's a tale of haves and have-nots. Last year Apple, Inc. (
) and Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
) (the top Android phonemaker) accounted for 90 percent of the sales of high-end handsets. The rest of the pack was left behind, trying to peddle lower-end hardware (often lower margin), or compete for the remaining 10 percent in the high-end, high-margin market.
I. Samsung Outsells Apple in Smartphones
For companies like HTC Corp. (
) who have
watched in dismay
as Apple and Samsung gobbled up their market share, Q1 2012 sadly brought little relief. Just a week after Apple posted
a record profit of $11.6B USD
on a $39.2B USD revenue, Samsung
[PDF], posting a record $4.45B USD (5.05T Won) in profit on a $39.88B USD (45.27T Won) revenue.
In Q1 Samsung was on top of the smartphone industry, beating out Apple in unit sales.
Samsung's attractive models beat out Apple in unit sales. [Image Source: Shootspeak]
profit ($5.15B USD; 5.85T Won), $3.76B USD (4.27T Won) -- roughly three quarters -- came from the company's mobile (phones, tablets) unit.
is citing experts as stating that Samsung sold 44m smartphones for the quarter. That would put it ahead of its more-profitable rival Apple on a sales basis. Apple sold 35.1m iPhones for the quarter, placing it roughly 25 percent behind Samsung in sales.
The numbers are particularly impressive, given that a year ago Apple was estimated to outsell Samsung nearly 2-to-1 [
]. The Samsung triumph came to incredible growth. While Apple managed to double its smartphone sales on a year-to-year basis, Samsung more than quadrupled its sales -- a superhuman feat.
Samsung more than quadrupled its phone sales on a yearly basis. [Image Source: Flickr]
The strong performance by Samsung's rival wasn't altogether bad for the electronics company either. It raked in a profit of $669.6M USD (0.76T) Won -- or half of the remaining non-smartphone profit -- from its semiconductor division. With
DRAM prices plunging
to new lows, much of that profit likely comes from Samsung's
to produce Apple's CPUs. Nearly every iPhone and iPad sold today carries a CPU
produced at Samsung's Texas plant
, which is just miles away from one of Apple's largest U.S. call centers.
a legal war
and an ocean between them, the pair remains closely tied even as they compete fiercely on the smartphone market.
II. Samsung Takes the Crown of the World's Top Phonemaker
Samsung reached an important milestone in the first quarter, with total phone sales (including feature phones) of over 90 million units (93.5 million by Strategy Analytics’
). With Nokia Oyj.'s (
) sales plunging to 82.7m units (11.9m smartphones; including feature phones). Samsung is outselling Nokia's smartphones nearly 4-to-1, but it's also punishing the Finnish phonemaker in the budget market.
Nokia has tried to revitalize its budget phone lineup adding smartphone-like features, as seen in its
new Asha models
. But the carrier features a big problem in that feature phones -- a market it long dominated -- are a dying market.
In Q1 2011 Nokia sold an estimated 84.3m feature phones. In Q1 2012 it sold approximately 70.8m feature phones, a drop of over 16 percent. By contrast Samsung sold an estimated 58.1m features phones in Q1 2011, and only 49.5m in Q1 2012 -- a drop of roughly 15 percent.
It's official: Samsung is king of the phone market. [Image: Peter Jackson/Newline Cinema]
In other words, Nokia and Samsung's feature phone sales are vanishing at almost the same rate, but the key difference is that Samsung more than quadrupled its smartphone sales, while Nokia saw its smartphone sales actually fall to half their Q1 2011 values.
In other words, smartphones are what won Samsung the lead, or on the flip side of the coin, what lost Nokia the lead.
The key factor that's dragged Nokia down is the fact that it's allowed Symbian to linger around far too long. The majority of Nokia's top 20 smartphones
still run Symbian
. And yet the company has announced that the platform will
be dead soon
. Consumers don't want to buy a product that's on death row, so many are opting simply to abandon Nokia. By contrast, Samsung offers consumers one consistent option -- Android -- with the promise of long-term support.
highly anticipated Galaxy S3
about to drop, Samsung looks unlikely to fade in smartphone sales.
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Long term support?
4/27/2012 4:44:03 PM
See which samsung phones are getting ICS. Galaxy S, S+, with 512 MB are not getting it. New phones with 512 MB ram are getting it :D
Yea right, long term support.
RE: Long term support?
4/27/2012 5:09:12 PM
I think they mean Samsung is going to support Android as a platform for a long time, not individual phones. Unlike Nokia who is abandoning Symbian.
RE: Long term support?
4/27/2012 6:08:12 PM
"See which samsung phones are getting ICS"
Meh... If you want it, go get cyanogenmod. If you are waiting on carriers and manufacturers to upgrade old phones, good luck. They don't want that, they want you to buy a new phone.
If you bought a phone based on an OS upgrade that may or may not come, you arent thinking clearly. If it didn't have the features you wanted, why did you buy it at all? If you want new OS, take charge of your device and flash it yourself.
RE: Long term support?
4/30/2012 11:20:38 AM
I agree completely. Support does not equal new os upgrades. Support means patches for bugs, and security issues. Everybody whining about not getting every new thing that comes out for free is an idiot.
Buy a phone with what you want on it. Most of the people that get a phone have no idea what the os is or why it matters, and have no clue what ICS is. For those of us that do know, we can upgrade with one of the many roms out there (currently running the latest AOKP on my GNEX and loving it). That is unless you bought a locked down Motorola!
Do some research before you buy any product and get what works for you, do not plan on free upgrades for as long you own the phone.
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