Samsung sells 86 million smartphones in Q4 to set a new record; tops Apple for the quarter and year

Samsung sells 86 million smartphones in Q4 to set a new record; tops Apple for the quarter and year
Even with Apple selling a record 51 million Apple iPhones in the calendar fourth quarter, Samsung topped the U.S. manufacturer by selling a record 86 million smartphones during the same period. The data, which comes from Strategy Analytics, shows that the Korean manufacturer owns 29.6% of the global smartphone market while Apple's slice of the pie amounts to 17.6%.

Despite a year-over-year gain in iPhone sales, Apple lost market share from last year's 22% because of the inroads made in the market by low-cost Chinese smartphone producers. Huawei sold 16.6 million smartphones in the quarter, giving the company a 5.7% market share, good enough for third place. In fourth place was Lenovo. The latter sold 13.6 million units, giving them a 4.7% market share.

For all of 2013, Samsung was on top with a global market share of 32%, after selling 319.8 million smartphones. Apple finished 2013 with 153.5 million iPhones rung up, giving it a 15.5% market share. For all of 2013, smartphone sales rose 41% to hit a record 990 million units.


source: Reuters

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83 Comments

74. iami67

Posts: 334; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I want to see how many of those Iphones where sold in America. Only in America do consumer like paying more for less and buying an Iphone. id say atleast 75 percent of Iphone users are from america. Cant blame them either they are all brainwashed by the media and the country in whole is way behind other countries when it comes to technology. Ps I am from America and love the country dont get me wrong. Just cant stand ignorrant people.

59. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2292; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

This is the market share vs profit debate. In the end, the ones with the biggest profits wins. One reason is reinvestment of technology and infrastructure. Personally, I have no value of arguing between which is better, but people have to understand that arguing market share is pointless. Secondly, their are so many Android manufacturers as you can't see how well each company is performing. To say Android is winning the market share battle is half the story. It takes money to run a business, thus for long term business you must reinvest.

70. domfonusr

Posts: 1106; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I've always said, on this question, "follow the money."

56. REXTECH

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Most of the phones that samsung sold were low end phones to third world countries.

61. Awalker

Posts: 1988; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

And if true what's wrong with that?

71. domfonusr

Posts: 1106; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Absolutely nothing. Samsung can sell phones to people that Apple can't even hope to.

50. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Let's see...Sammy sold 35 mil more phones than Apple. Sammy has like 50 different cheap phones that they sell worldwide. Not only that, they were selling on China mobile that has over 700 million subscribers. If you ask me, the 86 mil Sammy sold makes apple look good.

69. domfonusr

Posts: 1106; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

... but it really doesn't.

81. willard12 unregistered

Apple had 60% market share in the US when it was only on AT&T. It is now 43% in the US after Verizon, Sprint, Tmo, Virgin Mo, US cellular, Cricket......So, adding carriers doesn't really add market share apparently.

82. domfonusr

Posts: 1106; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Got a link to source the 60% US market share on AT&T alone claim? I have to call BS on that.

44. noteseries

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

and they included galaxy young as a smartphone?

41. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Why is anyone concerned about how many billions these companies make or billions they sell? It is not like any of us benefit from this, financially. People act like they are cheering a team, almost as bad as people who cheer for the Republican or Democratic candidate.

46. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

I too have wondered lol, fine fanboys arguing over who's phones better but arguing over which company sells more or how much money they make that you will never see lol I will never get he'll I barely understand why we bicker over which phone is better but this is another level of stupidity.

55. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

For apple fans it doesn't do much since apple just hoards their money in a bank. But the more android devices get sold the more money Google gets and they dont waste time saving it and invest it buying new products, companies to improve android. So it does benefit the consumers. Also the higher your market share the higher developer interest I that platform.

68. domfonusr

Posts: 1106; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I don't think Google makes near as much money off of Android sales as you think. We need to check the numbers on that to be sure. As for Apple hoarding money in a bank... well, I was under the impression that they were really hoarding their cash under a mattress somewhere...

73. AntiFanBoyz unregistered

Personally, I view excessive profits as one of two things: ripping off an apathetic consumer base, or not investing enough in your people and company.

32. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

The Article doesn't bring up how many were flagship devices. We knew all along that Sammy was selling more phones. That was no surprise. The question is how many galaxy s and galaxy note devices sold. Sammy has more cheap phones for sale than fake watches in China. The majority of the 51,000,000 phones that Apple sold were the 5S.

45. Awalker

Posts: 1988; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Why does that matter to you?

49. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

It's facts my friend. Samsung marketshare world wide has been larger than Apples for a while now. This is not news. It's just a feel good story because samsung had a really bad quarter for the first time in two years.Apple had a record quarter @ 51,000,000 phones sold. Don't be fooled by Wall Street. Oh and those 86 million were shipped not sold. Tell me why Samsungs profits are down 6 percent for the quarter?

51. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

They both had record quarters, but obviously samsung trumped apple. And apple profits also went down 5% and did not meet expectation.

52. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Sorry about the mistake. Apple profits were down over 7%!

54. willard12 unregistered

Apple's numbers also refer to shipped and not sold. And I take it you have the breakdown of sales of the iphone considering the iphone 4s (thanks to presidential veto) and 5 are still being sold along with the 5c. Also, is "choice" a bad thing? Is the ability to provide different devices at different price points bad for the consumer? Considering iphone has a great deal of its market share in tne US , where it is sold subsidized, and much of the rest of the world is forced to buy phones outright, chances are people paid more for their "cheap" samsung than most Apple customers.

62. Cicero

Posts: 1167; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Samsung profit for Q4 is down for 6% because they have some "one time spend" action (paying the workers for the aniversary). Did apple payed their workers (americans)? Oh NO! Is the Foxcon who produce the iPhone! LOL

72. domfonusr

Posts: 1106; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Yes... one of the things I most dislike about Apple. I hate the idea that something I get and use has been lovingly assembled by near-slave labor in a sweatshop-style factory. This is not just a problem for Apple, though, as other manufacturers like Nokia, Sony, and others also work through Foxconn. It is hard to know whether your product is or isn't forged together in the Foxconn (or similar) suicide-netted work camps. However, there is a second side to all of this. In China, where Foxconn lives, for those who do not work at Foxconn there are few other good options - especially for women, who are generally stuck with either Foxconn, farm work (gruelling hard labor of a different kind), prostitution, or death as options. In this way, Foxconn actually is an option that lifts them out of the seedier options that they might otherwise have faced. I know that such labor practices as those at Foxconn seem downright awful, but with people throwing themselves at Foxconn to look for a 'job', they are seen as better than almost all alternatives in that part of China. It is an awful dichotomy to have to deal with. 30 hour shifts at 30 cents an hour, with suicide nets at every window, is horrible, but it may be better for some than any other possibility that meets them. And that is truly a sad tragedy. I found out that the LG Viper I recently was given by a friend was, thankfully, assembled in South Korea (and not at Foxconn), so, while I don't know the exact conditions of factory work in South Korea, my conscience is [fairly] clear.

79. iami67

Posts: 334; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Nctx where do you get your numbers. I work for a large carrier in the Us and most iphone sold now through 2013 where the iphone 4 and 4s since they were free. Even if i tried explaining how outdated it was they didint care cause they heard free iphone. they thought they were getting a great deal. Just goes to show how brainwashed iphone users are. If apple was so great how come everytime they update their Os they copy something that android had been doing for yrs?

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31816; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

24. HouTexan

Posts: 462; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

Yikes

26. Sauce unregistered

Wait whats better? 200 billion or 550 billion? Idunnomaths xD

29. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I will take $550 billion and buy Samsung with $200 billion. After that, I still have $350 billion left in my bank account. Hahahah...I'm rich! Oh, it's a dream? Okay. :/

39. darkkjedii

Posts: 31816; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

According to the Sammites, 200 mil is.

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