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Samsung's flagship phone is king of the Android market

Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930) continues on its tear in the smartphone industry.  Nearly as profitable as arch-rival Apple, Inc. (AAPL) [1][2], Samsung is on pace to sell 390 million smartphones this year, an incredible number.

Early sales numbers from the Galaxy S IV are looking healthy.  Despite criticism over its plastic-body, strong marketing appears to have come through for Samsung.  The company's co-CEO JK Shin announced to The Korea Times that the handset will hit the 10 million unit sales mark next week, a mere four weeks after its global launch.

By contrast, Samsung's last-generation flagship phone, the Galaxy S IIItook seven weeks to hit that mark.

The Samsung handset had a rather bizarre unveil:

... but appears to be keeping pace sales-wise.  It should get another little boost on June 26, when an unlocked version comes to Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Play store, priced at $649 USD.

Source: Korea Times

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RE: Context
By karlostomy on 5/17/2013 10:26:20 PM , Rating: 2
just the usual seasonal pattern and an overall upward trend.

Interesting observation.

I don't quite echo your sentiments.
I see a very large decline in sales from Q1 to Q2 in 2013.

Indeed, historically, your data shows that this is the biggest percentage drop in Q1/Q2 sales in the history of worldwide iphone sales.

The short term trend is definitely not up and the 'seasonal pattern' seems far stronger than in previous years.

Something to think about.

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