Saturday, April 27, 2013

Samsung outships Apple nearly 2:1 in Q1 2013

Apple continues to own the smartphone market in the U.S., but in terms of global shipments, Samsung far outstripped its rival in Q1 2013, according to a new market survey released on Thursday by IDC.

Juniper Research sent a similar -- though not identical -- report via email on Friday.

In IDC's report, smartphone sales outstripped feature phone sales for the first time in history, 216.2 million units vs. 202.4 million units for a grand total of 418.6 million cell phones shipped. While that was an increase from Q1 2012, when 402.4 million units shipped, it was lower than Q4 2012, when 483.2 million units shipped.

For Android fans and iOS fans, the numbers between Samsung and Apple devices are very significant. Samsung shipped nearly double the number of smartphones that Apple did, 70.7 million vs. 37.4 million. Notably, Apple is the only manufacturer to say "sold" vs. "shipped," but common sense would say it's doubtful that Samsung has 33.3 million smartphones sitting in the inventory of carrier or other retailers worldwide.

Juniper's numbers were slightly lower for Samsung. The market research firm said that Samsung shipped "only" 68 million smartphones in Q1 2013, vs. the 70.7 million that IDC estimated.

Meanwhile, on Friday, Samsung released its Q1 2013 earning report. It said it had operating profit of $7.9 billion, with revenue of $47.5 billion for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013. Its consolidated net profit for the quarter reached $6.4 billion, the Korean giant added.

The figures released on Friday were not far from the earnings guidance released earlier this month. Then, Samsung said it was expecting US$7.7 billion and revenue to be $46.2 billion.

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