Report: Apple tops smartphone sales chart in Q3, Samsung gradually catching up

Strategy Analytics has revealed some interesting statistics in its latest report. According to the information which was passed on by Yonhap, Apple's smartphone revenues for the third quarter of 2017 represented 32% of the industry's combined total for that period. In terms of operating profit, Apple took up a whopping 69.9% of the market between July and September. Meanwhile, the sales and operating profits of second-placed Samsung stood at respectively 23.1% and 21.8% in Q3.
These numbers show that the difference between the two is rather large, but the Korean company is actually gradually catching up to Tim Cook & Co. Two years ago, the Q3 revenue gap between the two tech giants stood at 15.5 percentage points, while now we're seeing a difference of 8.9%. The gap in operating profits has also shrunk from 66.9 percentage points to 48.1 percentage points over the cited period. 

Samsung leads the shipment volume chart with 21.2%, followed by Apple's 11.4%. Strategy Analytics attributes this to Samsung's diversified portfolio and the delayed launch of the iPhone X.

via Yonhap



1. haruken

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Kudos to Samsung shrinking the gap with Apple's overpriced phones. Delivering good phones and investing in great technologies does pay off sometimes.

2. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Yeah, because we all know that samsung phones are under priced and good bang for your buck..

3. whatev

Posts: 2428; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Omg, the irony in your comment, I’m dying, lmao

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Samsung has a much larger price range of devices than Apple. Not to mention Samsung has a lot more models. So if Apple has 11.4% of the actual market share, then that means Android has 88.6% of the market now, and it continues to grow, whereas Apple continues to decline.

6. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

You are very smart!!!!!

4. haruken

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

9. maherk

Posts: 7029; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

So basically you're giving them props for hiking their prices up to match the price of the iPhone? Both are overpriced, and anyone defending such pricing is nothing but a blind fanboy.

11. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

This will happen only in 2017 and 2018 and no more. You know why Samsung earned this massive profit this year? That's ONLY because Apple paid them in Billions to produce 90 million units of AMOLED display units just for the iPhone X. In other years Apple pay Samsung only for RAM, CPU and Storage manufacturing. This year AMOLED display order was a bonus income for Samsung. Apple is massively investing on multiple display manufacturers in China and Japan who will solely take over future 2019 OLED display orders for iPhones and that will surely effect Samsung's revenue and profits. After Apple find such other companies to mass produce RAM and NAND flash storage Samsung will be in further trouble in the future. Samsung's whole future is dependent on Apple while Apple needs Sammy just for now.

13. rick_mobile

Posts: 359; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

History will repeat like with the car industry. Back in the day every one had a Ford car. American made. Then the asians simply engineered better cars, now look at our streets. All you see is honda, toyota, acura, lexus, ... Asian brands because they make better cars than us. Same thing will happen with phones.

7. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

As usual Apple is doing an impressive job......Normal for a company that reinvented smartphones.

8. BigBoat

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 28, 2017

Quarter 3 does not include the X. It only includes the 8 which was only on sale a few weeks in quarter 3. I swear we have this same convo every year. Quarter 4 is where it’s at!

12. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

That sounds good either way. More iPhone X sell more Samsung get paid right? Good thing Samsung slap Apple with big price tags on them Amoled screens.

10. maherk

Posts: 7029; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Are we talking about sales globally or just the US? These numbers will definitely be higher for both in the 4th quarter, with them releasing the X and Note 8. But the iPhone would definitely have a bigger increase, due to the great success Apple are enjoying with the X.

16. Jrod99

Posts: 779; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

We show them we would bite. Now the prices will keep rising.

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