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Samsung triples number of smartphones sold year-over-year in Q4

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Samsung triples number of smartphones sold year-over-year in Q4
Korean manufacturer Samsung had a record fourth quarter, reporting that operating earnings for the three months ended in December rose to 5.2 trillion won ($4.5 billion USD) from 3.01 trillion won a year ago. Sales rose 12% to 47 trillion won. With 27.8 million smartphones shipped in the third quarter, Samsung leaped over Apple to become the world's top smartphone supplier while doubling its marketshare and shipping more than 3 times the number of units it did in the year-ago quarter. That figure is estimated to have risen to 35 million smartphones shipped in Q4.

For all of 2011, Samsung sold more than 300 million handsets, including some featurephones. But the big story with the Korean manufacturer was the Samsung Galaxy S II which launched in May and sold 10 million units faster than any other Samsung mobile device. Samsung has some high hopes for the Samsung GALAXY Note which is a 5.3 inch combination of a smartphone and a tablet which has done well after being launched overseas. The device is expected to be offered in the U.S. with an LTE model being prepared for AT&T.

Also expected to perform well in 2012 is the Samsung Galaxy S III. Expected to be on display at the MWC next month in Barcelona, the Galaxy S III will have to be amazing to grab the spotlight from its very successful predecessor. There is speculation that the phone will feature a 4.6 inch 720p display with a quad-core Exynos processor. We could even see on the device a 12MP camera that captures video in 1080p. The phone will offer LTE connectivity.,

Between the Samsung GALAXY Note and the Samsung Galaxy S III, 2012 looks to be a big year for Samsung's smartphones. The company could sell as many as 170 million smartphones in 2012 according to BNP Paribas and Korea Investment & Securities, up from an estimated 95 million shipped last year.

source: Reuters

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posted on 06 Jan 2012, 02:28 2

1. Doakie (Posts: 2227; Member since: 06 May 2009)

I would happily buy a Galaxy S 3 if it comes out in the US sooner after its international debut than the GS2 took to come to the US. Wasn't it released internationally in May and didn't it not come out in the US till September? That's why I didn't waste my upgrade on a Epic 4G Touch.

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 02:37 3

2. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

Well Samsung has been coming out with top-notch high quality devices this year so they definitely deserve it. Honestly, the only thing that stopped me from picking up the SGII last year was the android market.

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 03:08 4

3. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

And...why don't you like Android Market? I'm genuinely curious.

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 16:06 1

18. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

The android market isn't that great even after all its improvements. All big company applications like Pandora, ESPN, Facebook, Shazam, etc will easily be in the market but I've found on the App Store that the small and no-name companies are the golden ones (and this is everything and not just games).

For example, I've been using an app called 2Do for almost two years now.http://www.2DoApp.com/en/2Do/tips.html
They were suppose to come up with an Android version one and half years ago but its still "in progress." I don't want to wait months or years for every good application that comes out. So if I'd switch to android I'd have to downgrade my applications and use things like astrid or other simple bare bones black background with white text applications that I really hate and could never use (of course not all of them are like that). And sometimes even the same exact applications look better and/or have more functionality in app store than market like documents to go.



You have great hardware like the SGII but then sucky and ugly applications. Buying SGII would not only mean buying all my iOS apps over again, but also buying crappier versions. I had to pass

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 07:20 3

8. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

its a beautiful piece of machinery. The only thing that stopped me from buying it was that Tmobile doesnt offer a real SGS2. Accept no substitutes.

Heres to the SGS3 and high hopes that we see it by summer like the SGS1 and not by christmas like the SGS2! :)

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 07:41 2

11. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

worldwide release would be awesome but don't think its possible even for Samsung to achieve that.I get a feeling Samsung will do everything to have the US release close to the international release as close as possible.

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 12:37

16. belovedson (Posts: 1052; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)

dirt wrong once again. they will try and push the product out in time for the 2 year contract end'ees

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 15:43 1

17. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

who's claiming to be right on anything.

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 04:17 2

4. Striker (Posts: 92; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)

Let's not forget that 60% of the rise of Samsung is due to the temporary fall of Nokia, and the other 40% is due to the iOS illegal copy - Android. Still, Apple makes the biggest profit and sells tens of millions of only ONE handset in a matter of months, while Samsung sells tens of smartphones. Remember the start of 4S? Over 4 millions in a WEEKEND! Samsung sold 10 million of G2 in 7 months. By the way I had an Android phone for a year and happily got rid of it 2-3 weeks ago. I am now a happy owner of a Nokia 800 - a great phone and most importantly great os!

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 06:05 3

7. xray174 (Posts: 85; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

lol now u think it was luck keep trying

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 07:23 5

9. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

ok, to ignore your complete fanboyism.

the i4 sold 4 million in a weekend on a WORLDWIDE launch of major markets... including by far its biggest markets, the USA & Europe. The SGS2 sold 3 million in the first month in JUST SOUTH KOREA without help of its biggest markets, the USA and Europe.

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 07:38 3

10. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

....also the s2 is not the only high end android device to buy buy where as there is only one highend ios device

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 21:36

21. Johnny_Mnemonic (Posts: 240; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

Striker if you love iPhone way dont you just buy one and don't pretend you don't

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 04:27 6

5. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 474; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)

Samsung dropping bombs on all the ihaters lol

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 05:07 6

6. xray174 (Posts: 85; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

now shut up apple fanboys lol

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 08:39 4

12. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

I have been a HTC fan for a long time. I love HTC products. I have had their Windows Phones from back in the day, to the HTC Evo 3D. They are very high quality & very durable. BUT I can say this with no qualms Samsung just makes a better product.

I have a Samsung Galaxy Nexus & a Samsung Droid Charge. These phones displays are absolutely fantastic. From the 720p Super AMOLED on the Galaxy Nexus to the Super AMOLED+ of the Droid Charge there are just no substitutes.

Also the build quality is awesome, yes they are made of plastic but that is the point, they want solid light weight phones that are easy to hold & work with. Samsung could easily make a metal phone, but they choose not to. Also not to mention that Samsung makes most of its own components. Samsung is a complete company.

So I see why Samsung is selling hundreds of millions phones worldwide. The people who are buying them love what Samsung brings to the table. People just like Samsung’s innovation, products, & vision. 2012 will be huge for Samsung. Can anyone say Samsung Galaxy S III? Can we all say quad-core? Can we all say 720p Super AMOLED+ screen. I know I can! Keep up the great work Samsung, you have earned my business & my total respect. HTC still makes great phones, but Samsung just plain and simple makes a better product.

Apple better watch out because their products lately are losing their luster, & I believe it's only a matter of time before Samsung overtakes Apple in design.

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 11:16

13. iamca (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)

dont buy damsung products, they only want your money, after that u r on your own

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 11:24 2

14. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

galaxy s came out in 2010,is any other 2010 OEM putting ics on there devices,no.galaxy s has already recieved 2 os updates in 2011 with froyo and gingerbread and if you have not got gingerbread then thats your carriers fault because the international galaxy s recieved gingerbread A LONG TIME A GO and was the 1st device that was not a nexus to recieve gingerbread....now recieving 2 os updates,please explain to me how is that being left on your own,if that was the case the galaxy s would STILL BE ON ECLAIR.

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 12:27 4

15. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 660; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

its amazing what extreme ppl will go 2, just to tell other ppl not 2 buy products they dont use.

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 17:53 2

19. henrickrw (Posts: 408; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


posted on 06 Jan 2012, 21:27 1

20. Johnny_Mnemonic (Posts: 240; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

Sorry taco50 , miz, gallito, and gemini bad news iPhone will always be 2nd place and that's a fact

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