Samsung records record profit for latest quarter, becomes world's top smartphone manufacturer

Samsung records record profit for latest quarter, becomes world's top smartphone manufacturer
Thanks to some hefty profits in the division that makes smartphones, Samsung hopped above Apple to become the global leader in smartphone production in the first quarter of 2012. The Korean based manufacturer had profits of $5.2 billion for the three month period. According to Strategy Analytics, for the first quarter of this year Samsung shipped 44.5 million smartphones. That topped the 35.1 million Apple iPhone units that the Cupertino based firm reported it sold during its fiscal second quarter. During the first quarter last year, it was Nokia that led all smartphone manufacturers with 24.2 million phones shipped. Apple was second with 18.6 million followed by the 12.6 million shipped by Samsung. Nokia's smartphone shipments dropped by more than half in the first quarter of 2012 to 11.8 million.

Samsung owned the largest marketshare of smartphone producers in the first quarter with a 30.6% slice of the pie. Combined with Apple's 24.1% share, the two rivals control more than half of the world-wide smartphone market.  Lee Sei-Cheol of Meritz Securities says, "The smartphone market has almost only two players, Samsung and Apple." Nokia, which had the largest marketshare in the 2011 first quarter, saw it's ownership of the global smartphone market drop from 23.5% to 8.2%.

Including featurephones, Samsung took over the top spot in the global handset business with a 25.4% marketshare. That edged out Nokia's 22.5% cut of the global handset business and allowed Samsung to take the top spot for the first time ever. Alex Spektor, associate director at Strategy Analytics said, "Five years after it captured the number-two spot from Motorola, Samsung has finally become the world’s largest handset vendor in volume terms."Apple, with its lack of featurephones, finished third in total handset marketshare with a 9.5% reading.

According to Strategy Analytics, year over year growth in smartphone shipments dropped from 86% in the first quarter of 2011 to the 41.1% growth recorded in the opening quarter of 2012. Looking at the raw numbers, 145.3 million smartphones were shipped in the first three months of 2012 compared to the prior year's 103 million. Total handset shipments globally were 368 million, ahead of the 356.4 million handsets sold in Q1 of 2011. Growth in handset sales slumped to 3.3% during this year's opening quarter from 19.4% growth last year.

source: AppleInsider


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106. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/story/2012-04-27/samsung-apple-smartphone-sales/54584550/1 this will not end until the other posts exact figures. i'd say let go of this issue and instead bet on the galaxy s3 vs iphone 5 pre orders, first day sales or first week sales!

109. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the iphone5 will win that bet. If there is a real change to this iteration like they are saying there will be, the sales should be massive. The SGS3 sales will be huge, but there are 20 other android sets its competing with as well as iOS and WindowsPhone7/8. The iphone5 just competes with the i4s and android/wp7. It doesnt have any other high end iOS devices to split sales with. If it were an even king to king battle without the extra competition, the SGS3 would win.. but thats not reality. I dont deal in singular device sales normally. I deal in OS vs OS. Market share is the true prize, not singular sales.

89. tedkord

Posts: 17536; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Here's why this was a stupid bet - Taco will never accept the results if they show Samsung sold more smartphones. If Samsung releases the numbers, he'll claim they're giving shipped, not sold. If Samsung gives the numbers as units sold, he'll say they're lying, and anyway that's not counting all the returned phones. If Steve Jobs rode down on a fiery chariot and shot lasers from his eyes to carve the words, " Samsung sold more smartphones in the most recent quarter than Apple..." in 50 foot tall letters in the side of Mount Everest - well, he might believe it then, but only because Steve Jobs said it.

90. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I provided 2 legitimate links saying Apple won

94. tedkord

Posts: 17536; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No more legitimate than the link that says Apple won. At any rate, I'm just talking about how you will not accept any evidence contrary to your world view. Even if every analyst said Samsung won, you'd claim they're just analyst estimates and don't count. I covered your other responses to different scenarios in my first post. You continue to call Android laggy. Yet reviewer after reviewer has said that ICS is on par with iOS as far as lag. I can tell you that I've got Gingerbread on a single core smartphone with Sense 3.5, and I'll put it up against iOS any day for lag. It's buttery smooth, zero lag unless I multitask a ton of apps.

96. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I have a galaxy tab 7.7 with honey comb. It's LAGGY. htc X just came out and PA's review said it was laggy. And you assume I won't honor my bet. There's no legitimacy to Samsung winning at this point.

98. tedkord

Posts: 17536; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Any lag on the OneX is from Sense, which is a memory hog. Sense is not Android. ICS on the GNex is smooth. ICS AOSP is smooth. Actually, I just read the PA review for the OneX, and it didn't say laggy. Here are some quotes directly from the review: "The good thing for us is that the handset is moving pretty swiftly now, with no hint of lag or choppy animations." "For the most part, there's nothing wrong with the handset. It has a big and beautiful screen, fluid UI and pretty much every hardware or software feature that a user may need." Fluid UI. No hint of lag.

101. tedkord

Posts: 17536; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Since you're a fan of PA reviews, then you noticed the 4S got an 8.5 rating, and the Galaxy Nexus got a 9.5.

102. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I guess that makes you feel all warm inside. Your copycat phone got a better review.

104. tedkord

Posts: 17536; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Copycat? Wait a minute - if it is a copy, then they're just doing what Apple did with the notification bar, and slide to unlock - taking something, improving it and using it. I guess it's OK when Apple does it, huh? No, what made me feel warm inside was showing that you were wrong about the OneX review. It clearly shows that your love of all things Apple colors your view of everything else - to the point that you can read a review that says the phone has no lag and come away with it reading the phone was laggy. If you misread that so easily, what else might you be wrong about? As for your tablet, it's on Honeycomb. I was talking about ICS, and to a small extent Gingerbread (on my phone with a great custom rom). Your argument isn't even relevant.

110. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

if the copycat gets a better review, then technically its not a copy cat, its the champion.

107. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

You have a galaxy tab 7.7 and an ipad2 eh? wow, your parents must be loaded! That tab has what? 3.0/3.1 on it and a low amount of ram? Yea... its a sucky tablet. lets put iOS5 on the iphone3g and see how well that runs eh? Honeycomb isnt the best OS, even I've admitted that. Honeycomb, however runs NOTHING like 2.3x or 4.0x ICS is butter smooth and your a fool to think otherwise. I'll put my old SGS1 with hacked ICS up against your itoys in a smooth competition.

97. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you provided 2 links that regurgitate a story from the same source.... so you only provided 1 source. im sure the debate will be ironed out in the next few days.. and not in your favor. the question is? will you honor your bet and leave? the honest answer is no.. your a child, a troll, and dishonorable.

103. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

If I lose I'll leave. If you lose we all know you won't leave. Personal attacks show you're losing the debates. That's all you have left after the facts are layed out.

108. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you have lost. you found some odd article by a no name website that says there is an 11 million smartphone sales error in Apple's favor and you think that its legit. Even if the original article was off by at bit, it wasnt off by 11 million. Thats just about a 25% swing in the opposite direction... especially since it still reports the same TOTAL sales. So samsung sold 11 million LESS smartphones and 11 million MORE flip phones?? Can you HONESTLY say you believe that? No, even i dont think your that brain dead.. and thats saying something. You wont leave. You will go away for a few days at best and come back with a different screen name.. and then knowing you, you will eventually pop back in with your normal screen name when u think people forgot about the bet. I give everyone the benefit of the doubt.. but over the last what.. 3 or 4 years you have been going after my heels like a toothless brain dead chiuhauha, you have proven over and over again that you are not a trustworthy person. If I lost would I have left? Yea, I would have made a nice goodbye post and have been gone already.. something that u should have already done.

111. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

CNN is not a no name website. This article is based on Appleinsider.com. The same "no name" website I linked to You're so delusional it's crazy. And you seem really angry to see you're about to lose. Look at you. There's two conflicting reports and of course in your mind only the one that has Samsung winning is right.

112. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

ok, i take it back, you obviously ARE that brain dead... See.. gave ya the benefit of the doubt yet again, and you again prove that to be a mistake.

113. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

So Appleinsider is a legitimate source when it's use to report Samsung wins, but is a "no name" website when it gives the 2nd report. Also CNN is a "no name" website.

115. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

taco, i was not referring to the website you got the news as noname, i was referring to the website THEY got the news from as no-name... YOU KNOW.. THE ONE THAT MADE THE PRETTY CHARTS! LEARN TO READ.

116. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Well CNN and the San Jose Mercury don't seem to think its no name.

114. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

117. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

DO you read these articles or just skim? " Apple Inc. reports its iPhone sales down to the thousands. In the January to March period, it shipped 35,064,000. South Korea's Samsung may have sold 32 million, 37.5 million or 44.5 million, depending which analyst you believe" Ok, 2 neat things you can gleam from this article. Apple SHIPPED 35 million phones..NOT sold. Samsung SOLD 32,37.5 or 44.5 million phones.. NOT SHIPPED. So even if its the lowest estimate, more than likely samsung still wins. Even if only 8% of what Apple shipped hasnt been sold and is sitting on a shelf (and we know there is plenty of stock out there for the taking) that means they tied at 32 million... and thats the LOWEST estimate. And lets be honest.. its probably not the lowest estimate.. and it may not be the highest estimate. But even the middle estimate BEATS APPLE. You LOSE. You just cant move on. Say your goodbyes and kick yourself to the curb.

118. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

In typical fashion, Taco, being obliterated by his own "proof" stops responding. Since that is how he "admits" defeat, then he knows he lost the bet. Goodbye Taco.

119. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Yet another morning where I see more taco posts after his lost bet. Like I said, honorless slimy child. Thanks for proving me right yet again.

86. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

You would be way off about it not being a contest, taco. Apple is stating in their report that iPhones sold in Q1 2012 is 37.04M, while preliminary numbers from Korea Times is reporting that Samsung sold (that's sold, not shipped) no less than 41M smartphones with a projection of up to 44M. In any event... 37 < 41. Of course there is a margin of error, but... just doesn't look good for ya.

83. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

Taco, dude you might be on your way out BUT let's wait to see how many smartphones sold! Who cares how many shipped, let's see who put more phones in the hand of customers. That should be the ONLY determinant here. I still think Samsung will probably still win though. They have smartphones and feature phones. They offer such a variety of different handsets that it's going to be hard to beat that. You probably should have bet iPhone vs Galaxy line b/c that is the iPhones only competitor in Samsungs portfolio.

85. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Galaxy vs iPhone isn't even a contest. There's two reports. One Apple wins and one they lose. However when we look at sold instead of shipped its doubtful Samsung can win.

79. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

if it's units shipped and marketshare it's got to be samsung if it's units sold and revenue it's apple now what exactly is the bet between taco and remixfa? just asking! i love reading both arguments from your sides.

80. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

It's who sold the most smartphones. Not shipped.

55. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

how hard it is to post the "actual profits" rather than giving estimates.

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