Samsung Pulls Way Ahead of Apple in Smartphone Shipments [Chart]

Posted January 25, 2013 at 4:27pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 6733 views

Samsung has pulled way ahead of Apple in smartphone shipments up 76% year-over-year; whereas, Apple saw an increase of 29.2% year-over-year.

In the fourth quarter of 2011 Apple and Samsung were neck and neck with Apple edging out Samsung by selling 37 million units, 0.8 million more than Samsung's 36.2 million units.

However, according to a recent IDC report, Samsung has skyrocketed past Apple will sales of 64.7 million units in 4Q12. Apple reported sales of 47.8 million smartphones in the same period.

Highlights:
Samsung set a new record for the number of smartphones shipped in a single quarter and in a single year. Its broad and deep line-up of Android smartphones, particularly the Galaxy-branded Android family, combined with sustained demand for its mid-range and entry-level models to account for the remarkable shipment volumes. 2013 is shaping up to be a pivotal year for the company as its Tizen smartphone strategy takes shape. Samsung will continue to rely on Android as its primary operating system, however, as the move to Tizen will not likely take place overnight.

Apple's record iPhone shipments in the quarter were driven by successes in Greater China, where shipments more than doubled, as well as the U.S., where 6.2 million iPhones were activated on Verizon alone. Interestingly, the company's success was due in large part to older models, in particular the iPhone 4, which Apple couldn't make enough of in the quarter relative to demand. Its sales success with the older model could portend success in higher-growth emerging markets where the company has performed well.

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Jeff - January 26, 2013 at 4:17pm
Whatever. Apple rules, Samsung drools.
FanBoy - January 27, 2013 at 12:54am
Dude my Nokia 640 rules!
Mongoloid Blaster - January 26, 2013 at 5:04am
Wow, can you please drink some bleach before you type you mongoloid.
Sean - January 25, 2013 at 9:12pm
Well duh. Walmarts line of phones and metro pcs and cricket are carrying galaxy's now. So yes they will edge out apple.
Fanboy - January 26, 2013 at 4:05pm
That's the point!! Don't matter how they sell the phone. They are selling more phones the apple! Apple was good while they "just worked"! Well they still do but build quality is not what they did few years ago..
City023 - January 26, 2013 at 11:43pm
Whose sells Galaxy and at what price isn't the deal here. Wake up! The point is that more people bought Galaxy than iphone. You get that? Walmart is selling iPhone 5 for $129 w/ 2 yr contract. Some selling galaxy for free. So that's why Galaxy is winning, their giving it away. iPhone4-Life✌
Ken - January 27, 2013 at 2:11pm
It's a little misleading to just say smartphone shipment this, smartphone shipment that, and think that Samsung sold near 200 million Galaxy S3 or Note 2. Only S3 and Note 2 are comparable to the iphone, and thats no where near in volume sold. I've been to Vietnam and they have the galaxy Y, Galaxy Duos, and all these other galaxies that cost 100USD, no contract, no commitment smartphone. Therefore, a poor country like Vietnam alone can already contribute 30 million smartphones to samsung's report. Imagine with China, millions of those 100USD galaxies can be sold in days. Not really any scary fact.
lamar870 - January 25, 2013 at 7:48pm
man i can't believe people keep buying these iphones. apple sell the same junk over and over. the ip3g can't do this, so here comes ip3gs, then ip4, then ip5 quest what jailbreak and you find the first one could have done it all the time.gimmick phone
Raaj - January 25, 2013 at 7:10pm
Comparing the iPhone with all crap cheap phones is unfair. iPhone is way ahead in quality. Rest are just low cost plastic and frustrate the user!!!
lamar870 - January 25, 2013 at 7:47pm
man i can't believe people keep buying these iphones. apple sell the same junk over and over. the ip3g can't do this, so here comes ip3gs, then ip4, then ip5 quest what jailbreak and you find the first one could have done it all the time.gimmick phone
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