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Apple, RIM and HTC snatch 75% of Q1 cell phone operating profits

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Apple, RIM and HTC snatch 75% of Q1 cell phone operating profits
The first quarter of 2011 has spoken with the hard financial numbers and curiously enough three companies captured an overwhelming 75% of cell phone operating profits in the first trimester of 2011. Apple, RIM and HTC combined for three quarters of all the operating profits in the industry, a figure measuring the companies’ core operations, also known as earnings before interest and tax.

Analyst Horace Dediu at Asymco compiled data for both smartphones and diversified devices in the graphs below, one by volume and the other one by operating profits. The volume graph presents all manufacturers marking the ones who registered a loss in the period in blue.

Phone makers by volume

Phone makers by volume


But what’s even more notable, is the fact that those 75% of the operating profits matched only 16% of the total volume, a correlation underlining the huge added value of smartphones reflected in the second chart. This could also serve Dediu’s point of proving that in some 3 to 5 years feature phones will virtually disappear from the phone makers lineups. Do you agree with such a conclusion? Sound off in the comments below!

source: Asymco

Profitable phone makers by operating profit

Profitable phone makers by operating profit


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posted on 17 May 2011, 09:28 1

1. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Wow Apple dominating the competition.

posted on 17 May 2011, 09:30

2. bluechrism (unregistered)


IS this US data? World data? etc? Important distinction to nake here as this stuff is very different market to market.

posted on 17 May 2011, 10:04 1

3. tory black (unregistered)


how is rim above htc???? wtf

posted on 17 May 2011, 11:00 2

5. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Even though RIM has been slowing down lately they're still huge in the enterprise market and are also doing well with consumers overall. There's a lot of die hard bb users.

posted on 17 May 2011, 16:47

9. mr. droid (Posts: 278; Member since: 21 Aug 2010)


i would say the majority of blackberry users i come across are that way. its blackberry or nothing. personally, i think they are falling quite a ways behind the curve (no pun intended) BUT the way i understand it, they have a couple more models coming out, so they are still behind the 8-ball so to speak and could still put it in the pocket.

posted on 17 May 2011, 11:40

6. TheFunnyMan (Posts: 77; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


Don't forget too that most of the US Government contracts with RIM for devices because of the unique security features BlackBerry offers. Thats a hefty contract in and of itself

posted on 17 May 2011, 12:00

7. Debbie (unregistered)


Our company also uses BlackBerry's just because of the security features it offers.

posted on 17 May 2011, 10:50

4. GCHILD (unregistered)


The World market is actaully dominitated by RIM.

posted on 17 May 2011, 16:50

10. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Oh yeah!!! Nokia and RIM!!!

posted on 18 May 2011, 18:09

12. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


haha dont u love how much bigger apples portion is?

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