Samsung Galaxy S outsold Apple iPhone in Japan during Q1 2011

By on May 26, 2011, 12:00 PM

The Samsung Galaxy S outsold the Apple iPhone in Japan during Q1 2011, and helped place Samsung in the ranks of the top four handset vendors of Japan for the first time. This is part of a bigger trend: Android smartphones are now outselling iOS smartphones in Japan, according to Strategy Analytics.

Japan has always been a difficult market to crack for foreign vendors. All previous attempts failed as the Japanese chose to buy phones from their own local companies. With smartphones, however, this trend has been broken. First, Apple shook up the market with the iPhone, and now, for the first time, Samsung is shipping more handsets than most local vendors, including NEC, Casio, and Kyocera.

"Strategy Analytics believes that the healthy demand for the Android-powered Galaxy S at NTT DoCoMo drove Samsung growth in Japan," Neil Mawston, Director of Strategy Analytics, said in a statement. "Samsung is the main player behind surging Android smartphone sales, followed by Sharp. Japan had always had a unique competitive landscape, but is now looking more and more like any other advanced smartphone market in the world as Android has flown by iOS in just three quarters."

This is a huge success for Samsung as it continues to ride the Android explosion. It's worth emphasizing that we're talking about the first Galaxy smartphone: its successor is already on its way. The Samsung Galaxy S II had over 3 million preorders as of last month. Enthusiasts might also want to know that it's been successfully overclocked to 1.5GHz.

The Galaxy S II runs Android 2.3 (codenamed Gingerbread) and is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor. It is the first handset to offer Samsung's Super AMOLED Plus screen technology (4.27-inch display, 800x480 resolution), and is the company's thinnest phone at 8.49mm, with a weight of just 116g. The device also features an 8MP primary camera with 1080p video capture, and a 2MP camera in the front, as well as integrated NFC support on some versions. It also has BlueTooth 3.0+HS and HSPA+ connectivity.

The device's new Live Panel allows you to aggregate web, social networking, and app content to a single customizable home screen. You'll be able to switch between three adjacent home screens by simply pressing and holding on the screen. The phone will come with four new content and entertainment hubs: music, games, e-reading, and social networking. For more information, read our review.




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H3llion H3llion, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Oh nice one, happy for Samsung with their great progress. Now it is my turn to scramble money and order one of these :P Or wait for the Win7.1 Phone :S

example1013 said:

An Asian company outsold an American company in Asia. Color me surprised.

mejoppa said:

i understand why, i have had both these phones and prefer the galaxy s over the iphone.

Guest said:

In other TechSpot news, Samsung Galaxy S dominated iPhone in sales from the Samsung Store in on Zowe St., Korea yesterday.

You can pry my iPhone out of my cold dead fingers. :)

Guest said:

"In other TechSpot news, Samsung Galaxy S dominated iPhone in sales from the Samsung Store in on Zowe St., Korea yesterday.

You can pry my iPhone out of my cold dead fingers."

Can you remove your cold, dead fingers please. They're blocking the antenna and I'm trying to make a call.

Guest said:

I love Samsung's products, and this should really not come as a surprise to anyone considering Samsung is many times the size of apple

Mizzou Mizzou said:

The iPhone has been steadily losing market share since January 2010, this is just a continuation of the same trend.

Raswan Raswan said:

Guest said:

"In other TechSpot news, Samsung Galaxy S dominated iPhone in sales from the Samsung Store in on Zowe St., Korea yesterday.

You can pry my iPhone out of my cold dead fingers."

Can you remove your cold, dead fingers please. They're blocking the antenna and I'm trying to make a call.

burn

aj_the_kidd said:

Guest said:

"In other TechSpot news, Samsung Galaxy S dominated iPhone in sales from the Samsung Store in on Zowe St., Korea yesterday.

You can pry my iPhone out of my cold dead fingers."

Can you remove your cold, dead fingers please. They're blocking the antenna and I'm trying to make a call.

me likes iSheep are a "little too sensitive" when it comes to anything slightly negative about Apple.

Guest said:

aj_the_kidd writes:

" iSheep are a "little too sensitive"... "

1 iSheep comment

5 Windoze responses

You gotta love the irony! ;)

aj_the_kidd said:

Guest said:

aj_the_kidd writes:

" iSheep are a "little too sensitive"... "

1 iSheep comment

5 Windoze responses

You gotta love the irony!

who said anything about windows?

intelinside said:

Q. what is iPhone?

A. History

...upgraded to Infuse, its just superb!!!

Guest said:

so there is intelligent life on this planet . . .

Guest said:

Q. what is Infuse?

A. Obsolete

...in 3 months you'll be stuck with your moldy old android-rarely-gets-updated-on-third-party-phones-multi-year
contract wishing so badly you had the new iPhone 5 which will of course kick ***!

Guest said:

Android users dont have to wish badly for the new iphone because 3 months later samsung, HTC or another company will release an even better phone.

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