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Smartphone shipments top 1B for 1st time; Samsung extends lead

  • World smartphone shipments topped 1B for the first time in 2013, rising 38% to 1.004B units, research firm IDC estimates.
  • Q4 shipments grew 24.2% to 284.4M.
  • Total handset volume increased 4.8% in 2014 to 1.82B units. Q4 shipments +0.9% to 488.4M.
  • "Among the top trends driving smartphone growth are large screen devices and low cost," IDC says. "Markets like China and India are quickly moving toward a point where sub-$150 smartphones are the majority of shipments."
  • Smartphone vendor shipments in 2013: Samsung (SSNGY) +42.9% to 313.9M, market share 31.3%; Apple (AAPL) +12.9% to 153.4M, market share 15.3%; Huawei +67.5% to 48.8M, market share 4.9%. (PR)
  • Other relevant tickers: GOOG, MSFT, SNE, LGEAF
Comments (8)
  • ks_droid
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    OMG Samsung is huge ...
    28 Jan, 03:54 AM Reply Like
  • Daniel Hoffman
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    Not only is Samsung huge, they just made nice with Google on patents. Samsung's executives have expressed outrage at Apple for it's legal tactics and they all have a personal vendetta against Apple. Apple products are very good, but Samsung is closing the gap on quality and they are on a mission to deprive Apple of the market share it needs to stay competitive. They will endure razor thin margins just to stick it to Apple.
    28 Jan, 06:46 AM Reply Like
  • wil3714
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    They just release the news of the LG G Flex! Looks cool and a flex screen but dont like Android but may give it a try.
    28 Jan, 07:20 AM Reply Like
  • diaboliqueguan
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    Of the 3 brands mentioned, Samsung has the broadest range of smartphones. The models can be from 5 years old to the most current one. Is there a breakdown on this number to justify their market share?
    28 Jan, 06:41 AM Reply Like
  • sbkamm
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    Did any of you guys see Samsung's earnings? Market share and profit are two different things. Their stock is in the crapper and the reason is the low cost crap they sell just to gain market share, which doesn't benefit them, but Google.
    28 Jan, 10:29 AM Reply Like
  • 426260
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    In 4Q13, Samsung operating income was $7.74B, down 6% year-over-year; the first decline in more than two years.

     

    Cellphones and telecom equipment accounted for 66% or $5.1B of total operating income. Operating margin for the division fell to 16% from 17.8%, a year earlier.
    http://bit.ly/1mYNKZh
    29 Jan, 04:45 PM Reply Like
  • wil3714
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    nice chunk of change, seems they are doing better since they just released the flex
    30 Jan, 06:54 AM Reply Like
  • jdadyfinance
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    Samsung mobile strategy depends on profits from the high end supporting everything else. The bad news is at least for now the high end is shrinking for them while another company that shall remain nameless is taking share in that market. Volume over profit it's an old story and sooner or later the story ends the same. History has many examples.
    28 Jan, 12:21 PM Reply Like
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