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Old 04-27-12, 01:17 AM   #1
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World Samsung overtakes Nokia & Apple in mobile phone shipments


Samsung Electronics has overtaken Nokia to become the world's largest maker of mobile phones, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.

Nokia took the top spot in 1998 from Motorola, but in the first quarter of 2012 Samsung shipped 93m phones compared to almost 83m by Nokia.

Samsung also reported its highest quarterly profit since 2008.

Net profit was 5.05tn won ($4.5bn; £2.8bn) in the quarter ending 31 March, up 81% from 2.78tn won last year.

Samsung is also the world's biggest TV and flat screen maker.

"We cautiously expect our earnings momentum to continue going forward, as competitiveness in our major businesses is enhanced," said Robert Yi, head of investor relations at Samsung.
Bright future

The firm said its IT and mobile communications division, which manufactures the smartphones, made an operating profit of 4.27tn won during the period, as revenues in the division surged 86% from a year earlier.

Samsung will unveil the latest version of its Galaxy range of phones on 3 May.

The Galaxy range has been very popular and helped Samsung overtake Apple to become the world's biggest seller of smartphones.

"The smartphone market has almost only two players, Samsung and Apple," said Lee Sei-Cheol of Meritz Securities.

"Since its Galaxy3 phone is being unveiled in May, Samsung will keep enjoying sales growth in its mobile phone division."
Global mobile handset shipments (Q1)
Company Units (millions) Market share

Source: Strategy Analytics

Samsung


93.5


25.4%

Nokia


82.7


22.5%

Apple


35.1


9.5%

Other


156.7


42.6%
Profit call

Global demand for smartphones is expected to increase further in coming years, with research firm IDC forecasting that global smart phone shipments will rise by a third to 659.8 million units in 2012.
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Samsung's handset earnings may weaken in the latter half of this year, with the possible launch of Apple's iPhone 5”

Brian Park Tong Yang Securities

Analysts said that given its robust growth and dominance in the sector, Samsung was well placed to benefit from this growth and boost its market share.

However, given the robust growth in the sector, other smartphone makers are also keen to introduce new products and tap into the fast-growing market.

Samsung is facing stiff competition from rivals such as US-based Apple, Finland's Nokia, and Taiwan's HTC.

Apple, which said earlier this week that it sold 35 million of its iPhones in the first quarter, is expected to launch a new version of its handset later this year.

Analysts said that as more models are launched, manufacturers may have to the cut price of their handsets in a bid to attract consumers, a move that may see profit margins shrink.

"Samsung's handset earnings may weaken in the latter half of this year, with the possible launch of Apple's iPhone 5," said Brian Park of Tong Yang Securities.
Chip troubles

Another area of concern for Samsung is likely to be its chip manufacturing unit, which has been hurt by slowing global demand for personal computers.
Models showing Samsung Galaxy phones The success of Galaxy range of handsets has helped Samsung offset falls in other units

The firm is one of the world's biggest makers of dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) chips, which are widely used in personal computers.

However, demand for these chips has been declining as consumers turn to tablet PCs, which mostly use flash memory chips.

At the same time, falling prices have also hurt profitability in the sector.

Samsung's memory-chip division saw its profits slide by 54% during the first quarter when compared with the same period a year earlier.

The company said it expected the demand for DRAM chips to rebound in the coming months, but warned that growing competition in the sector "will lead to a price decline".

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Old 04-27-12, 01:37 AM   #2
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Go Samsung!!
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Old 04-27-12, 01:48 AM   #3
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I doubt it iphone 5 will do any harm to samsung coz the person who will probably buy it is likely iphone 3gs/4 user
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Old 04-27-12, 02:54 AM   #4
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And i will be buying S3
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Old 04-27-12, 03:49 AM   #5
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hahaha yeah me too Galaxy S3 coming in a week or so..
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Old 04-27-12, 04:54 AM   #6
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hahaha yeah me too Galaxy S3 coming in a week or so..
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Old 04-27-12, 05:26 AM   #7
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Too bad those in US probably wont get Exynos version which is one of main interest point in samsung
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Old 04-27-12, 05:38 AM   #8
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Not surprising since Apple has a very frigid software while android is always changing and always getting better and Samsung make the best Android phones.
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Old 04-27-12, 06:13 AM   #9
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And it shows how much populairity Apple has lost, because on January this year it was reported that Apple overtook Samsung in smartphone sales. I guess a large group of people is doing away with their 'head-stuck-up-in-ass' syndrome and realises it's not worth to pay for overpriced products.
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Old 04-27-12, 06:18 AM   #10
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LoL Mobile vendor (From small phones to Smartphones) + more than 10 years in mobile business Vs. Apple only one unique smartphone hehehe how old are u guys? anyone has a analytical version?

have u analyze the main profit came from? Panels... 80% on iPad loool really stupid kids.. plus apple made more profit than samsung 4.5B Vs. Apple's 5.8B

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Old 04-27-12, 06:32 AM   #11
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Still on my galaxy S phone. Samsung is the new Sony. Great everything.
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Old 04-27-12, 06:35 AM   #12
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Heck yes, good job Samsung.
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Old 04-27-12, 06:37 AM   #13
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Quote: Originally Posted by JeJou View Post
LoL Mobile vendor (From small phones to Smartphones) + more than 10 years in mobile business Vs. Apple only one unique smartphone hehehe how old are u guys? anyone has a analytical version?

have u analyze the main profit came from? Panels... 80% on iPad loool really stupid kids.. plus apple made more profit than samsung 4.5B Vs. Apple's 5.8B

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That goes to prove the "Head stuck up in ass" syndrome L1b3rta spoke off, how people became so blind to a company that makes only 1 phone so you have no freedom to chose one the way you want unlike Samsung which has countless phones for countless users unlike Apple which is : By Apple for Apple followers

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Old 04-27-12, 09:02 AM   #14
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Galaxy S2 price keep dropping, Iphone 4S keep staying the same...
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