Samsung overtakes Apple as world's top smartphone maker

By on October 28, 2011, 1:00 PM

Samsung leaped past Apple as the world's top smartphone maker in the July-September quarter amid a widening legal battle between the two companies. This is according to research firm Strategy Analytics, which said the industry has seen year-on-year growth of 44% in smartphone shipments to a record 117 million units.

The Korean electronics giants shipped 27.8 million smartphones last quarter, accounting for 23.8% of the market, while Apple took a 14.6% share with 17.1 million units shipped. Samsung's stellar quarter was driven by a blend of elegant hardware designs, popular Android services and extensive global distribution.

But their success isn't coming from Android handsets alone as the company also sells a range of inexpensive smartphones running the Bada platform.

Apple spent just one quarter as the world's top smartphone vendor when it shipped 20.34 million iPhone handsets in Q2 2011, surpassing former leader Nokia. The company's lead slipped as people were holding out for the iPhone 4S launch while Samsung was seeing strong sales with its Galaxy S II handsets.

It'll be interesting to see if Samsung can hold on to the top spot next quarter. Apple has said it sold 4 million iPhone 4S units in its first weekend on sale, while Samsung is expected to start selling the Galaxy Nexus in November.

When it comes to all handset sales globally, Nokia still remains top with 106.6 million shipments in Q3 2011, compared to 110.4 million the previous year. Samsung closed in with a total of 88 million handsets during the quarter, up from up from 71.4 million last year, while Chinese handset maker ZTE moved up to No. 4 with 18.5 million units shipped. Apple, which only sells the iPhone, fell to the No. 5 spot with 17.1 million units sold.




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Guest said:

Cream is finally rising to the top in the phone industry.

Guest said:

And on top of that...25% of iPhone's parts are made by Samsung. Lol!

Guest said:

Samsung is also the top oem for windows phones. Weird you'd mention nada and not that.

Tomorrow_Rains said:

whenever the samsung note comes out

samsung can have all of my money

Guest said:

Will any time Nokia be once again the leader?

mario mario, Ex-TS Developer, said:

Samsung doesn't actually provide a specific number of phones sold, they just say it grew 40 percent and according to some analysts it means 28 million devices.

And those are phones shipped not sold. So there really is nothing to compare yet, since they don't represent the same thing.

Guest said:

apple is dead long live SAMSUNG

Guest said:

Is this surprising at all? When you have a superior product, you sell more of said product.

Though all the iphones have tons of Samsung components in them, so they cash in on either sale anyway:

Inside iPhone 4S...

- A5 Application Processor: Samsung

- IPS/Retina Display: LG

- Dram/Sram Memory: Samsung

- Battery: Samsung SDI

- MLCC(Multi Layer Ceramcic Condenser): Samsung

- Chip Varistor: Amotech (Korea)

- FC(Flexible Circuitry): Interflex (Korea)

yorro said:

All because of Android.

Guest said:

In other news...The previous report was put out by Samsung dated a day before the release of the iPhone 4s.

Guest said:

And in other news... a flock of iSheep have been working overtime across numerous social networks trying to discredit anything that go against their beloved iPhone.

Guest said:

In other news...The previous report was put out by Samsung dated a day before the release of the iPhone 4s.

True, but keep in mind... Nexus Prime is out this quarter as well, so it's irrelevant to bring up iPhone 4S sales at this early stage.

Guest said:

It is nearly not fair. Samsung sells a wider range of smartphones than Apple. Samsung is more adapted to the market than Apple because it can sell not only smartphones with android, windows but it can sell smartphones covering a large range of prices: from cheaper entry ones to the luxury ones. Apple has just the Iphone. Just a thought ...

gcarter gcarter said:

Samsung do indeed make nice phones, incredible hardware etc. However for me, the cases still leave a lot to be desired... feeling very plasticky. I prefer the aluminium surrounds of HTC models myself...

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

mario said:

Samsung doesn't actually provide a specific number of phones sold, they just say it grew 40 percent and according to some analysts it means 28 million devices.

And those are phones shipped not sold. So there really is nothing to compare yet, since they don't represent the same thing.

And here is it ladies and gentleman, this is exactly how I know how much of an iSheep you really are, mario.

In case you didn't read the title, it says Samsung overtakes Apple as the top smartphone maker. Not seller. Maker. Not quite the same thing.

Although units shipped are not precisely indicative of units sold, usually the gap between them is little. The higher the units shipped, the higher the demand. Higher demand means higher production, and consequently, higher profit. Economics 101.

Only units manufactured and fully shipped to retailers are being put into this article's equation. So please, just please...

katoDRAGON said:

Guest said:

And on top of that...25% of iPhone's parts are made by Samsung. Lol!

Thats what i was thinking, iphones could drop dead if sammy decided that it didn't want to support apple anymore, although i dont know why it would cuz thier making good money off it

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