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Samsung revises upwards its 2011 smartphone sales estimates

updated 06:30 am EST, Mon November 28, 2011

Samsung smartphone business booming

Samsung has announced that it has revised its 2011 smartphone sales upwards following exceptionally strong sales of its Galaxy S II, which it expects to be further boosted after the positive reception to its Galaxy Nexus, Android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) flagship handset. Further, it also expects to sell at least two million of its "phablet," the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note, which will help take the company over the top.

"We are pinning high hopes...on achieving sales higher than our previous plan," A Samsung spokesperson said at a press conference, without revealing its expected sales figures.

The company recently reported on its Q3 results, which showed that its smartphone shipments were up 19 percent year-over-year at 71 million phones, shipped for the quarter. During its conference call, the company did not reveal exactly how many Galaxy S II's it had sold, but estimates pointed to the company shipping in excess of 20 million GS2s. This compared with 17.07 million iPhones sold during the same period, making Samsung the world's number 1 smartphone vendor for the quarter.

The Galaxy Nexus has so far only been released in Europe, but is expected to go on sale in the US on December 6. Although hit with a volume bug on launch, Google has said that it has worked with Samsung and fixed the bug so that handsets sold in the US can be expected to be free of the problem on its launch.

The Galaxy Note is a relatively unique product in the smartphone sector, being something of a cross-over between a smartphone and a tablet. Its centerpiece is a 5.3-inch 1280x800 Super AMOLED display that is bundled with a stylus that can be used to draw, handwrite notes and annotate screenshots.

Galaxy Note

by MacNN Staff



  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Are Phabulous! Yeah baby!

  1. bigmig

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Could this article be more wrong?

    Major errors:

    1) Samsung did NOT ship 71 million smartphones. They shipped 71 million phones, the vast majority of which were "feature phones" (i.e. dumb phones). Samsung no longer reports smartphone sales (which is itself telling).

    2) Third party estimates, for what they're worth, are that Samsung shipped over 20 million smartphones, NOT 20 million GS2s. Most of these smartphones were lower-end Android and Bada models.

    3) From Samsung's GS2 press releases, you can infer that they shipped between 6 to 7 million GS2s in Q3 2011 (3 million shipped by June 24 and 10 million shipped by Sept 30).

    4) I'm sure Samsung will ship at least 2 million of the 5.3" tablets, just liked they shipped at least 2 million Galaxy Tabs a year ago. We know how that turned out.

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