IDC: Samsung topped Apple in smart connected device shipments for 2012

IDC: Samsung topped Apple in smart connected device shipments for 2012
The term "smart connected devices" refers to desktop and portable PCs, smartphones and tablets. And as you might expect, the battle for control of this market is a two-company war between Samsung and Apple. The Korean tech titan was on top for 2012 thanks to an 119.3% year-over-year increase in sales of these devices. That resulted in Samsung shipping 250 million smart connected devices last year which topped the 218.7 million units shipped by Apple in 2012. For the Cupertino based giant, that was a 44.3% year-over-year gain. In terms of market share, Samsung had 20.8% of the market compared with the 18.2% controlled by Apple.

Samsung and Apple slug it out again

Samsung and Apple slug it out again

Considering that the definition of  smart connected devices includes computers, it might not be terribly surprising that Chinese manufacturer Lenovo was third. But there was a big fall-off between the number of devices shipped by second place Apple and third place Lenovo. The latter shipped 78.3 million units last year, a gain of 61.4% on an annual basis. But not all companies enjoyed annual growth. HP and Dell were fourth and fifth respectively in smart connected device shipments, and had year-over-year declines of 8.5% and 12.9% respectively. HP shipped 58.2 million smart connected devices in 2012 and Dell shipped 38.8 million units.

Overall, 1.2 billion smart connected devices were shipped in 2012, a gain of 29.1% from 2011. As for Samsung and Apple, the former was led by strong smartphone sales (Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung GALAXY Note II) while Apple was led by sales of its tablets like the Apple iPad mini and the third and fourth-generation Apple iPad models.                            

source: AllThingsD

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26 Comments

1. GALAXY-STORM

Posts: 328; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

Good job samsung.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The numbers are slightly misleading. Actually Apple sold more per volume. The reason is that Samsung releases a new device like every week and because Samsung devices are readily available at many locations. Apple is more niche and focused. Majority of their devices are sold in their stores. Numbers don't always paint the full picture.

9. GALAXY-STORM

Posts: 328; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

Will you justify to your statement " numbers are slightly misleading" when more iPhones and we're sold than sgs3 in q4.

11. g2a5b0e unregistered

More per volume? Are you serious? You sound like Apple's PR guy trying to put a positive spin on coming in second. How about just be satisfied that they sold a ton of devices & made a lot of money. You never give up. What a joke.

16. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Butt hurt right? Yup numbers never paint true picture when Apple gets mounted by Samsung ... :)

18. lolioslol

Posts: 182; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

LMAO, can you hear the crazy coming out of your mouth? A product ceases to be "niche" when it is sold at wal mart, which your sacred iNovelties are. Also, enlighten us. Which device did Sammy release this week? and the last? and the week before that? Oh right, you're making sh*t up. My bad.

2. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Good news. :)

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't think the numbers elaborate much per volume wise.

8. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I think opposite. :)

10. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Lol must be hard for you to swallow, try water instead :)

25. lolioslol

Posts: 182; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

I'd prefer he try bleach.

3. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Muy bueno!

4. ilia1986 unregistered

Well of course Samsung has topped Apple in smart connected device shipments for 2012. It was easy. Apple doesn't have smart devices.

5. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I lol'd xD

20. jjjsong

Posts: 75; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

lol thumbed up

21. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Totally true

12. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

I think I'm with jedi on this one.... Lets not rule Apple out just yet. I have a feeling that they will be back strong in the near future!

13. ilia1986 unregistered

Absolutely. Selling toothpicks. They will call it: iTooth. And you will have to plug it to iTunes every day or it won't work. 1 iTooth for just 599$. There's an LTE version too for 1399$. Comes in white or black. And has gorilla glass all over it.

14. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

Hey>> i'm not arguing the fact that Apple has lost its magic..lol and that Samsung has great devices. I'm just saying that Apple is an extremely smart company who, not only learns from other companies mistakes, but learns from their own. I just think Apple is listing to what users are saying... - iPhone needs a larger screen - iOS need to complete redesign - More innovation ... I just think Apple will make a comeback.

15. ilia1986 unregistered

There is something you should know about Apple, then. This is coming from an ex-fan and from a person who has read Steve's biography. Apple NEVER learns from its mistakes because it believes it never does any. Apple NEVER learns from its competitors. Apple NEVER listens to its customers. Yes - Apple is that arrogant.

17. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

OK... you win. This is me waving a white flag! =P

22. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Wow, my thoughts exactly..but do not tell dark

23. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Won;'t they be release iTooth mini also?

19. nikenturd unregistered

In a couple of years time..Samsung's lead will be massive

24. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Samsung will be next Apple ... arrogant and ruthless ... :)

26. neurobiologist

Posts: 89; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Keep destroying this apple, samsung! Evil must be dead. They was stupid enough to declare a war for all IT community, while thinking they gonna monopolize cellphone market. Hope every apple, evil spread store, will be bulldoze with the ground.

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