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  • Apple, Samsung Claim Bulk of Smartphone Profits


    Here's a newsflash. Apple and Samsung are still - overwhelmingly - the two biggest players on the smartphone scene today, with each claiming a nearly identical dominant share of total smartphone revenue.

    According to Cannacord analyst Michael Walkley, Apple claimed 53 percent of smartphone profits in Q2 of 2013, which is down 4% from Q1. Nonetheless, Apple's share remains a handsome one in the face of stiff competition from Samsung. The South Korean tech titan saw its share of smartphone industry profits climb from 43 percent in Q1 to 50 percent in Q2.

    Sales of Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and Apple’s iPhone 5 have been especially strong during the summer months... so much so that the two companies now account for 103% of industry profits combined.
    The Financial Post reports that the only excitement in this race pertains to third place, where Nokia, BlackBerry and other Android-centered manufacturers like HTC Corp., ZTE Corp. and LG Electronics Inc. are fighting to determine who is going to be next in line to Apple and Samsung.

    To be fair, of course, the distance between third and second place isn't really a "gap." It's the Grand Canyon.

    Source: The Financial Post
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple, Samsung Claim Bulk of Smartphone Profits started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Says a lot. The main players are far ahead of the game.
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      which is why we need a 3rd player to even things out.
    1. Norb's Avatar
      Norb -
      Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post
      which is why we need a 3rd player to even things out.
      I'm surprised HTC didn't do way better than they did. I thought their phone looked pretty damn nice.
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      These numbers are interesting but I'm confused about how Samsung's profit margin is less than half of Apple's per device. I realize that Android manufactures desperately play the spec game and that drives the unit cost per device up, but not by double. These numbers make very little sense, unless the vast majority of Samsung's sales continue to be the low-margin budget market that Apple refuses to touch. Certainly Samsung's profits would be higher if they were selling more flagship devices.