Samsung might have sold twice as many smartphones as Apple

Samsung might have sold twice as many smartphones as Apple
For the first time in a while Apple sold significantly less iPhones than analysts expected - 26 million on projections for 28 million or more, and this might have opened the door for Samsung. The Korean company is estimated to have sold around 52 million smartphones, nearly twice as many as Apple, and that’s hugely impressive.

Just around a year ago, Samsung was playing catch up to Nokia, and now it’s clearly the world’s biggest smartphone maker, and it might be outselling Nokia by nearly 5 times, according to Juniper Research estimates. Former smartphone leaders Nokia shipped 10.2 million smartphones in Q2, and RIM delivered 7.2 million.

So far we only know for sure that Samsung shipped 10 million of its high-end Samsung Galaxy S III, and the Galaxy Note is continuing to sell well and is gearing up for launch on T-Mobile. But it’s not just about the cutting edge devices - Samsung covers everything from the ultra low end in smartphones with devices like the Samsung Galaxy Pocket and Y, to the heights with the Note and S III.

“Galaxy products hitting all price points leveraged its global brand strength and the popularity of the Android OS to drive sales of smartphones in all price tiers,” Juniper summed up.

Interestingly, the research firm suggests Sony should be one company doing better in these times as it has the global recognition and design. What do you think, could Samsung really sell twice as many smartphones as Apple?

via SlashGear

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84 Comments

1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

they outsold apple by what.. 7 million Q1 2012? So yea. If apple is on a down turn (which is normal this far in their cycle) and Samsung is having a major upswing from the SGS3, the spread should be pretty wide between em. I dont know about "double", but its going to be a fat margin none the less.

67. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

It will continue to be a fat margin until Apple ships the iPhone 5. It might even be a fat margin after the iPhone 5 ships, as Nokia and RIM continue to hemorrhage customers.

76. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

rim maybe, but nokia hmmm? i can argue with this, u probably forgot that there is something called windows phone 8 that's almost twice as featured as ios6 and nokia ships 80% of windows phone, add to that the supreme lumia designs that can match or even surpass the beauty of iphone

2. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

will have to wait and see

3. HTCFreak

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 17, 2010

Apple currently sells 2 or 3 phones while Samsung currently sells 30+ phones, so du-uh. But Apple is still doing pretty good though.

4. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

so your whining becaue samsung has the capacity to produce 30 difrent phones to about 20+ diffrent variants'? its impressive to say the least they have this kind of manufacturing and selling capability. Gs3 alone this quarter is reported to be beating iphones in sales so what about that?

7. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Not only that but it doesn't really matter that Apple only sells 2-3 phones when they have a phone at all price points. In my opinion at least...

49. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Apple still manufactures and sells 3GS 8 & 16 gig GSM i4 ,16, 32gig CDMA i4 16, 32 gig GSM i4s 16, 32, 64 gig CDMA i4s 16, 32, 64 gig So, just by that count thats, 2 + 2 + 2 + 3 + 3 = 9 different devices. + you have their ipad line which is counted in sales ipad 1 16/32 gig WIFI ipad 1 16/32 gig GSM ipad 1 16/32 gig CDMA ipad 2 ipad 3 all with the same variants. So thats 9 + 6(pad 1) + 6 ( pad2) + 6( pad 3) so thats now.. 27 different units. and are they counting the ipod touch units as well still since they run iOS? thats at least another what.. 3 units? 6 if they still make the older version? So now your talking 30+ different devices manufactured by Apple in the last quarter. Sounds exactly the same as Samsungs 30+ devices. Your point is invalid. Face it. Apple simply got out classed.

55. hitmantb

Posts: 79; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

If you count different storage options and carrier branding (CDMA vs GSM), Samsung would have 200+ devices. The only number that matters is revenue + profit, in both categories Apple beats Samsung electronics (that is chips + TVs + computers + mobile combined). You can not compare number of units sold when the cheapest iPhone is easily 3-4 times as expensive as the cheapest Samsung phone. And cheapest items are the ones that sell most units.

58. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Cheapest items are the ones that sell the most units? Like the S3 right? Good logic.

69. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

gs3 sold 10+ million which is not cheap not probably sold few millions which is not cheap the s2 probably sold few millions which is not cheap lets not forget cheapest iphone is free on contract like many of samsungs cheap phones funny thing is when apple out sold apple its alright for samsung to be compared but now that samsung outsells apple its not a fair comparison. like you said its all about the profit at the end and atm apple is the king of profit. but samsung is not exactly making small amount of billions. both are making billions from different business models and its working for both

74. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

your point is invalid as the products you mention are sold everywhere the iphone is available.. Sprint for example does not sell any ipads.. or Verizon doesn't sell any 3Gs.. so your comparison is invalid.. Samsung on the other hand Samsung phones can be found in pawn shops..

75. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Remix, you are confusing devices with variants. An Apple 4S with 32GB or 64GB is one device but 2 variants. Changing the flash memory doesn't make it a different device. A Toyota Camy has 4 bagger or 6 bagger, it's the same car but with different engines, thus different variant. Under remix's logic (a bit twisted) then a "white" iPhone is a different device from a "black" iPhone.

78. D.Aceveda

Posts: 432; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

There is only one i4s with 2 different memory sizes. Both phones are capable of GSM/CDMA.

9. s.mrabet

Posts: 147; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Apple can make 10000+ different phones if they like. But they chose not to! And that argument is not valid because no one will buy 2 different samsung smartphones.

25. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

At Walmart -- Samsung smartphones are going for as low as $80. I think the model is the Boost Replenish. Samsung Galaxy Precedent on Straight Talk is like $130. Keep in mind Nokia was the global sales leader (of cell phones) at one time, meaning sales is not the best metric. In the business world, Return in Invested Capital is the best metric.

47. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

At the three biggest carriers, the iPhone 3gs is going for as low as $0, with the iPhone 4 going for as low as $99. What's your point?

57. hitmantb

Posts: 79; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

U.S. is the only country with subsidization. We are comparing global numbers, 3GS is not offered anywhere else. Samsung is far far far behind Apple at Verizon/Sprint/AT&T, where Apple has low price devices. It is everywhere else that don't sell subsidized phones where Samsung wins the unit game with

64. nk_blu

Posts: 9; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Are you kidding me? 1. Even Canada has device subsidization. 2. 3GS is still offered somewhere else. Example: Canada and S.Korea.

71. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Thats a 2+ year device for free versus a 2012 device for free, not exactly the same thing.

62. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

LOL are you an apple fanboy or HTC? By the way, you do realize HTC has done the same thing right? HTC has a billion different phones too, or did your fanboyism blind you from that? haha

5. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Mean while back on the playground little Timmy pushes little Kwon down and says my daddy makes more money than your daddy. So there!

12. Aeires unregistered

And then Kwon's dad beats up Timmy's dad.

82. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Little Timmy has TWO dads, so watch out Kwon' s dad.

6. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Samsung: Ohh stop it youuu.. This will just make Apple more jealous and more motivated to sue us.

8. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

That's cool. Apple's lawsuits probably wont get them anywhere and all it's doing is making them look bad. I'm over it!

10. Aeires unregistered

I think most people are curious to see how many S3's are going to be sold in comparison to the newest model iPhone. If Samsung can pass Apple phone for phone, well that'll be glorious.

11. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Great news!! Less people fall into Apple "scam". Still there are millions out there who stuck in 2010 technology. The fools and misinform.

13. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 553; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

consider the prices of apple iphones as compared to samsung smartphones.definitely apple is in huge profit regarding production as compared to samsung.

14. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

Samsung has sooo many phones Thats why it sells more than Apppppleee.....HOpe some worms will come and rot that apple..

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