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  • Samsung Breaks Smartphone Sales Record in China, Doubling iPhone Sales in Q1 2013


    Samsung reportedly broke records by shipping 12.5 million handsets in the first quarter of 2013, more than doubling sales of Apple’s iPhone, which saw sales of 6.1 million units. According to market research firm Strategy Analytics, Samsung broke a smartphone sales record in the booming Chinese smartphone market during the first quarter.

    The South Korean giant boosted its share of the Chinese smartphone market by 2.2% quarter-on-quarter, leaving the Korean company with 18.5% of all sales for the three month period ending in March. This is the first quarter that Samsung has sold over 10 million smartphones in the country. Following Samsung, places two through five went to Chinese companies including Huawei, Lenovo, Coolpad and ZTE in that order. Apple landed in sixth place with 6.1 million iPhones sold during the first quarter.

    Overall, Chinese consumers purchased roughly 67.4 million smartphones from January to March, accounting for about 32% of all worldwide handset sales. Although it’s difficult but not impossible to make comparisons between sales and shipments, Strategy Analytics’ findings are somewhat in line with shipping estimates which were previously released by Canalys. The report claimed overall Chinese smartphone shipments came out to 82 million units, with Samsung holding 20% of the market, up 2.3% from the previous quarter.

    Samsung joined Apple which saw iPhone shipments good enough for sixth place, to become the only two foreign companies to earn spots on China’s top-ten smartphone manufacturer list for the first quarter. While specific numbers are disputed in the two reports, it is clear that China has become the world’s largest smartphone market, therefore becoming the next battleground for smartphone companies from around the globe.

    We’ll have to see if Apple’s future plans will change the company’s success in emerging markets such as China.

    Source: Korea Herald via The Next Web
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Samsung Breaks Smartphone Sales Record in China, Doubling iPhone Sales in Q1 2013 started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. Nikhil Gorwani's Avatar
      Nikhil Gorwani -
      Thats a good leap for Samsung
    1. tridley68's Avatar
      tridley68 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nikhil Gorwani View Post
      Thats a good leap for Samsung
      Looks like there will be a lot of unhappy China folks when they find out they bought a piece of junk.
    1. Own3d's Avatar
      Own3d -
      Quote Originally Posted by tridley68 View Post
      Looks like there will be a lot of unhappy China folks when they find out they bought a piece of junk.
      😂😂😂😂😂
    1. CaliRican415's Avatar
      CaliRican415 -
      Quote Originally Posted by tridley68 View Post
      Looks like there will be a lot of unhappy China folks when they find out they bought a piece of junk.
      Actually the Samsung is starting to look better than the iphone sine apple chooses to lock down the phone. Apple doesnt care what the consumers want which is to be able to jailbreak so we can mod our phone the way we want to.
      I agree the s3 feels cheap and the apple phone feels more solid but the iphone is starting to get old boring w/out jailbreak. I hate to say this but I might trade my I5 for a S4 if a jailbreak doesnt happen soon. I want to be an admin on my phone and have full control of something I paid for!
      Screw Apple!
      Only in time people will realize this and start to move to other phones and only old farts will buy iphones because they dont care about jailbreaking and a 5 year old can use it.

      I hope no one takes this out of content I am just venting. I had the iphone since they first came out when they didnt even have MMS and copy and paste, So slow on releasing the basics.
    1. ahayes's Avatar
      ahayes -
      iPhone SOLD 6.1 million. SOLD being the key word here. Samsung shipped 12.5 million. SHIPPED and SOLD mean two totally different things.
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by ahayes View Post
      iPhone SOLD 6.1 million. SOLD being the key word here. Samsung shipped 12.5 million. SHIPPED and SOLD mean two totally different things.
      +1! It's very misleading.
    1. iBwizzle's Avatar
      iBwizzle -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaliRican415 View Post
      Actually the Samsung is starting to look better than the iphone sine apple chooses to lock down the phone. Apple doesnt care what the consumers want which is to be able to jailbreak so we can mod our phone the way we want to.
      I agree the s3 feels cheap and the apple phone feels more solid but the iphone is starting to get old boring w/out jailbreak. I hate to say this but I might trade my I5 for a S4 if a jailbreak doesnt happen soon. I want to be an admin on my phone and have full control of something I paid for!
      Screw Apple!
      Only in time people will realize this and start to move to other phones and only old farts will buy iphones because they dont care about jailbreaking and a 5 year old can use it.

      I hope no one takes this out of content I am just venting. I had the iphone since they first came out when they didnt even have MMS and copy and paste, So slow on releasing the basics.
      Words of wisdom from a true iVeteran such as myself. Apps are great, but I prefer productivity and customization.
    1. Villebilly's Avatar
      Villebilly -
      How is the iPhone Non-productive? Funny thing is 99% of customization has nothing to do with productivity.

      In other news, Ford sold more than double the amount of cars that BMW sold.
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      The funny thing is I always hear "apple refuses to give the customer what they want" or "apple doesn't listen to its customers". It's like everyone feels that because there is a group (relatively small group compared to iPhones being used) of people that want a jail break and an open OS that that's what everyone else wants.

      It's a very rare occasion I bump into anyone that has a jail broken iPhone. And I run into a lot of people that have iPhones.

      Anyway. Good for Samsung. I personally don't like their phones but obviously other people do lol
    1. trek-life's Avatar
      trek-life -
      Quote Originally Posted by subywrex View Post
      The funny thing is I always hear "apple refuses to give the customer what they want" or "apple doesn't listen to its customers". It's like everyone feels that because there is a group (relatively small group compared to iPhones being used) of people that want a jail break and an open OS that that's what everyone else wants.

      It's a very rare occasion I bump into anyone that has a jail broken iPhone. And I run into a lot of people that have iPhones.

      Anyway. Good for Samsung. I personally don't like their phones but obviously other people do lol

      ^These are facts
    1. rickuk's Avatar
      rickuk -
      Quote Originally Posted by tridley68 View Post
      Looks like there will be a lot of unhappy China folks when they find out they bought a piece of junk.
      Weird how all my friends who have swapped Apple for Samsung are very happy with their new handsets and won't go back to Apple until the iPhone has a major upgrade (and a better camera and faster processor is not a major upgrade)
    1. CaliRican415's Avatar
      CaliRican415 -
      Quote Originally Posted by subywrex View Post
      The funny thing is I always hear "apple refuses to give the customer what they want" or "apple doesn't listen to its customers". It's like everyone feels that because there is a group (relatively small group compared to iPhones being used) of people that want a jail break and an open OS that that's what everyone else wants.
      I wouldn't say a small group. When Evasi0n released their jailbreak for 6.x.x there were over a 14 million devices that were jailbroken. If you think that's a small percentage I don't know what to tell you. For whatever reason why you don't jailbreak (voiding warranty, bricking phone, not tech savvy, scared) I respect that but for us 14 million+ people out there we like having control over our purchases.
      All I am trying to get here, we as the buyers should be able to do whatever we want with our purchases

      I had a Samsung s3 and hated it, sold it withing 3 days. I hate the feel of plastic but I had more control with the phone then I had with the iPhone but I still hated the phone.
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iBwizzle View Post
      Words of wisdom from a true iVeteran such as myself. Apps are great, but I prefer productivity and customization.
      I'm an iVeteran as well. That was until sometime last year when I bought the Galaxy S3. Fell in love after I said I would NEVER buy another Android device. Months after that, I got the Note 2. Fell in love again. I've owned Android devices in the past and they were crap. Any Android OS under 4.0 was terrible IMO. Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean are incredible. Fragmentation is pretty much gone for those worried about that. There is no lag and my Note runs just as good, if not better than my iPhone 5 did.

      No more waiting for jailbreaks for me. I can do what I want right out of the box! Customize my lock screen? Go for it! Dont like the UI? Change it! Hate the stock SMS or Email? Try one of the several alternatives on the Play Store. The options are endless.

      For those complaining about what the iOS can not do or what they wish it could, I say, get and Android device!

      Tablets, on the other hand, are a different story. Still lovin my iPad!
    1. yatezy's Avatar
      yatezy -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaliRican415 View Post
      I wouldn't say a small group. When Evasi0n released their jailbreak for 6.x.x there were over a 14 million devices that were jailbroken. If you think that's a small percentage I don't know what to tell you. For whatever reason why you don't jailbreak (voiding warranty, bricking phone, not tech savvy, scared) I respect that but for us 14 million+ people out there we like having control over our purchases.
      All I am trying to get here, we as the buyers should be able to do whatever we want with our purchases
      Of the iPhone 5 (50 mill) and 4s users (96 mill) that's only 10 percent. That's not including i4 or 3gs users which again will take that percentage down. The jailbreak community is still small enough for Apple to ignore, unfortunately.
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      Quote Originally Posted by yatezy View Post
      Of the iPhone 5 (50 mill) and 4s users (96 mill) that's only 10 percent. That's not including i4 or 3gs users which again will take that percentage down. The jailbreak community is still small enough for Apple to ignore, unfortunately.
      Was going to say this myself. Yes 14 million is a lot. But as this comment states 14 million out of 140 million is not a large number.

      That's why in my original post I put "relative" as to point out the number of jail broken iPhones to total iPhones is a small number.

      Point is apple listens to its customers but you can't please everyone. There are many businesses/corporations that appreciate how secure iOS is.

      And for the record I do jailbreak and I am apart of the 14 million that would love a more open OS. Was simply pointing out that the jail break community expecting apple to change its ways is like one person in a group of 10 expecting everyone else to change plans because they feel different. Lol
    1. BhadKarma's Avatar
      BhadKarma -
      Shipped that many units of 100 different devices. Good job.

      Apple SOLD 6million of like 3 phones ?

      Hey baggers cant be choosers... Plastic, affordable on welfare buying buyers...
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Not sure where calirican and suby are getting the 140 mill number from. Apple has sold over 550 mill devices. 14 mill are jailbroken. Do the math.

      Quote Originally Posted by rickuk View Post
      Weird how all my friends who have swapped Apple for Samsung are very happy with their new handsets and won't go back to Apple until the iPhone has a major upgrade (and a better camera and faster processor is not a major upgrade)
      Next iPhone will come with a microwave built in. /sarcasm.
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      Not sure where calirican and suby are getting the 140 mill number from. Apple has sold over 550 mill devices. 14 mill are jailbroken. Do the math.



      Next iPhone will come with a microwave built in. /sarcasm.
      I didn't come up with the number. His number sounded good so I went with it haha. Point is the jailbreak community is very small in relative to devices sold
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by subywrex View Post
      I didn't come up with the number. His number sounded good so I went with it haha. Point is the jailbreak community is very small in relative to devices sold
      I agree and that's why apple doesn't give a [...] about us. Regardless, I'd prefer a stock iPhone over S4 or Note 2.
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      I agree and that's why apple doesn't give a [...] about us. Regardless, I'd prefer a stock iPhone over S4 or Note 2.
      I agree. Android is no my cup of tea. Been there tried it and came running back haha