Samsung Sells 50 Million Smartphones A Quarter, Twice As Many As Apple

In the second quarter of 2012, Samsung sold 50.5 million smartphones — twice as many as Apple — which sees the company extend its sales lead ahead of the iPhone.

Reuters reports that Samsung's financial review has seen it record a quarterly profit of $US5.9 billion, helped along in no small part by its strong phone sales. In total, Samsung takes 34.6 per cent of the global smartphone market, while Apple can only manage 17.8 per cent.

But it's not all good news. While its phone sales continue to amaze, Samsung's semiconductor business has seen a six per cent decline in profit. The company blames weak demand for PC DRAM chips and falling prices for NAND flash used in SSDs. But, in fairness, it doesn't need to worry too much — Samsung remains the world's top technology firm by revenue. [Reuters, Samsung]


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    No wonder apple is after them... they have Money.

    Question is why are they selling so many. Is it because of the phone itself or its not a iPhone, right place at the right time for smart phones.

      If you are asking about Samsung, then it is because they offer a range of products that cover much, much more of the market than iPhone does.

    Also, Samsung makes about a million different models of smartphones, saturating the market on every carrier in every country and at every price point. They are also much more well established in Asian markets and are generally cheaper, because I'm certain their products are aimed for a less, let's say 'discerning' customer. One of which, the Galaxy S III, could be considered a direct competitor of the iPhone 4S, which is nearly 12 months old - so in tech terms, a dinosaur.

    Apple makes ONE smartphone.

    So, realistically I would have expected Samsung to sell more phones than they did.

    In other news, Hyundai sold more cars than Ferrari this year. Where's the article on that?

      A 'discerning' customer may also research and investigate what a product offers rather than buying into hype and marketing.

      Many people feel that an iPhone suits their needs - good for them. Many people feel that an Android device suits their needs - good for them too. The competition and advocacy from consumers is stupid. It's an arrogant 'I'm better than you are' attitude and extends beyond the PC vs. Mac, iPhone vs. Android vs. WindowsPhone, this video game vs. that video game debate.

      I used Windows Mobile smart phones for years then move to Android because I like what it has to offer. When it came time to purchase a tablet, I picked an Android device as well. When I purchased a tablet for my folks? I went with an iPad because I felt that their user experience for their level of tech proficiency would be better serviced by Apple (that's not an insult to Apple owners, more a compliment to Apple's delivery of a more intuitive UI / experience).

      Who cares how many phones are sold by which company? Care about innovation instead. Want iOS to have better notifications like Android? Lobby for it. Want Android to have a more intuitive user experience for the less tech savvy? Lobby for that. I want these companies competing for my money. What I'm tired of seeing is people being competitive with each other - it's a sad decline for society.

      People really need to focus on their own experience and it the product fits their needs.
      Why do other people care what I'm using?

      "One of which, the Galaxy S III, could be considered a direct competitor of the iPhone 4S, which is nearly 12 months old – so in tech terms, a dinosaur."

      I love how you're snidely attempting to suggest the SIII is only mildly comparable to the 4S, ergo it's not a flagship because the 4S is so 'old'. They're competitors only because the 4S is currently the best iPhone on the market, not because the feature-list or specs of either is anything approaching equal. The iPhone 5 will undoubtedly upset Samsung's advantage but on a current phone-by-phone basis, almost every voice that matters, bar John Gruber says the One X or SIII is a superior phone.

    If Samsung pull too far away from Android though I can see their share drop. Especially if the rumours of ditching Android altogether for their own home grown OS version end up being true.
    As it is I've had a Galaxy S, and S2... my gf has an S3 and I'm holding off on it at the moment until my S2 dies. I like the TouchWiz on S1 and S2 because it improved on some features, like the calendar is more intuitive, and the slide to call/sms on a contact is brilliant, but I think they're starting to go too far.

      I doubt most users even know what Android is. They buy a Samsung because it is a Galaxy phone, not because its and Android phone. As Bada is based on Linux, just like Android, means they could make the experience very, very similar, such that there would be no problem switching. I imagine they could even make Android apps work in Bada without too much effort.

        The first part is mostly true. Most general buyers don't know what Android is. They do, however, care about using the same apps their friends and family are using and they've heard so much about. This means they want Angry Birds, Instagram, Words with Friends etc.

          If samsung wants to move into their own platform - would that mean that users will need to redownload or repurchase their apps?

          The problem/challenge with samsung (and most of the android borne ecosystem) is you dont really know where people's loyalty if you can call it that lies. Is it with the Android OS - or is it with the phone manufacturers.

          If samsung splits off and rallies their own OS - would users that have certain types of brand loyalty follow them outside of the Android OS? Or are most manufacturers going to be stuck under google's Android OS? Mind you its not a bad deal to begin with - but still is a constraint. Possibly akin to the windows ecosystem.

    And yet, as far as I am aware, not one single Samsung phone sells as many as a single iPhone.

      No-one's saying as such, so I'm not sure why you're so pre-emptively trying to defend the iPhone. I don't think any smartphone will ever singularly compete with the iPhone.

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