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Samsung ships 15.3M smartphones in China, Apple 3.4M

updated 07:20 am EDT, Tue August 13, 2013

Apple trailing well behind Samsung in Chinese smartphone sales

Samsung shipped 15.3 million smartphones in China during the months of April, May and June this year, reports Korea's Yonhap News. According to the latest figures, which come from Strategy Analytics, Apple sold just 3.4 million iPhones leaving Samsung with almost 20 percent of the Chinese smartphone market, while Apple trails well behind with a 4.3 percent share. The figures highlight the increasing importance that China is playing in the global smartphone market, and why Apple is rumored to be prepping the iPhone 5C, a low-cost version of the iPhone, which is thought to be targeted at developing markets.

In total, there were 78.8 million smartphones sold during the second quarter in China, which translates to around 35 percent of the global smartphone market. Among the other vendors also outselling Apple in China include, Lenovo, Coolpad, ZTE, Huawei and Xiaomi, which like Samsung, all run various versions of Google's Android mobile operating system. The result puts Apple in sixth place overall, down from its fifth place in the first quarter.

Apple is rumored to be revealing the next-generation iPhone at a special event set for September 10. The Cupertino-based giant is expected to reveal a major upgrade to the iPhone 5, widely expected to be called the iPhone 5S, which will continue with a 4-inch display. The iPhone 5C, which has been seen in numerous photo leaks, is expected to utilize a polycarbonate body and come in multiple colors. While it will also center on a 4-inch display, its internal specifications and camera are expected to be more modest, helping to make its price point more attractive. [via The Next Web]

by MacNN Staff



  1. burger

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    Joined: 09-13-00

    "Samsung shipped" vs. "Apple sold", typical misleading reporting.

  1. chefpastry

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: 11-14-05

    Strategy Analytics has been proven to be wrong many times. I don't trust any info coming from them.

  1. mojkarma

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    Joined: 10-13-11

    Some people are really funny!
    How often are you going to complain about that shipped vs sold nonsense????
    Samsung has a muuuuuuch better variety in their smartphone line. Apple offers basically one model. And an older one for a more modest price. No wonder that Samsung sells more smartphones. And if they ship 15M, I'm very much sure that they ship that amount based on some market research and what the market asks for. If Samsung would sell 1M smartphones in China till know, do you really believe that they would still ship 15M into that country?
    I don't get it. I love my iphone, but it doesn't need to be number one in the world and I don't give a sh.t how many of them Apple sold in China vs. Samsung. A good product is a good product. If Samsung is doing better, good for them. I'll not ask for some incredibly lame shipped vs. sold arguments. Gosh.

  1. prl99

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: 03-24-09

    @mojkarma Yes, Samsung has a wide variety of phones and I bet they are all lumped together in this report. How many of them are truly "smartphones" and how many are slightly upgraded old type phones that can't do anything more than make calls and text. These comparisons are like comparing cars and bikes, both provide transportation. Samsung ships/sells a lot of bikes while Apple only sells cars. Apple never said they would sell every real smartphone in the world. It's the stupid analysts who keep thinking the only way to be successful is to sell the most of everything you produce. This is just plain stupid, which fits analysts to a tee.

  1. coffeetime

    Senior User

    Joined: 11-15-06

    To be truly convinced that Samsung is #1 among stock holders, they need to ship them to the moon also. Matter of fact, they should change their name to Samship and the watch the stock shoot up. Holy ship, man!

  1. mojkarma

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    Joined: 10-13-11

    I'm pretty sure that we are talking about smartphones here. Just take a look at their smartphone palette. It's not just one model but quite a lot of derivates. Apple offers one model, the iphone 5. At a cost that half of the planet has to work for a fully month or even more to get it, even including a 2 years contract. Apple inovates, but they were never cheap. So, no wonder if somebody sells more smartphones than Apple. I'm pretty much sure that the same will happen to the tablet market. And yet, there will be some fanboys claiming that there is false reporting going on because of the shipped vs sold nonsense. It's so dead easy: if I have a new product, a store will take 10 pieces of them. If they sell like crazy, they will order thousands of them. This shipped vs sold debate is needless and completely unnecessary.

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