Samsung Shipped Nearly Twice as Many Smartphones as Apple [IDC]


Driven by the high demand for the iPhone 5, Apple’s handset shipment volume reached a new first-calendar-quarter high, but it couldn’t outpace Samsung, which maintained the No. 1 smartphone vendor position, shipping 71 million handsets during the first three months of the year, IDC reports.


The seasonally slow first quarter recorded a 4% growth Y-o-Y, as smartphone shipments surpassed feature-phone shipments for the first time. According to the International Data Corporation, smart handsets accounted for 51.6% (or 216.2 million) of the total of 418.6 million mobile phone shipments, signalling the high demand for smart connected devices.

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“Phone users want computers in their pockets. The days where phones are used primarily to make phone calls and send text messages are quickly fading away,” said Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. “As a result, the balance of smartphone power has shifted to phone makers that are most dependent on smartphones.”

Apple has maintained its second position for the fifth quarter in a row, posting a 6.6% growth Y-o-Y, while Samsung shipped more smartphone units than Apple, LG, Huawei and ZTE combined.


  • iFone

    What’s the breakdown between high-end phones and low-end ones? I think that’s a much better picture to see how well or bad Apple is doing in contrast to the industry

  • mackman6151

    I agree completely. Compare Note 2 and Galaxy S3 sales to iPhone 5.

  • Al

    Kind of silly to use quarterly results as a market comparison for smartphone makers, given that numbers favour new phone releases during that period.

  • FragilityG4

    Agreed. This report is effectively useless since its comparing one model against however many Samsung has … I can’t keep up with their ridiculous business model that will eventually cannibalize itself.

  • Pretty amazing that they, still do the comparison, of total products with Apple’s single product line. But hey its all they got, its always amazing to me that Apple’s single product out does better then others complete product lines.

  • Anthony W

    Their “ridiculous” business model that you so called is giving customers choices. Something Apple is lacking since the beginning. It’s like going to Best Buy to get a TV and all you find is 40 inch TV.

  • FragilityG4

    This isn’t choice, this is attempting to satisfy every single customer. When you have a S3, S4, Note, Note 2, Mega Note, Jurassic Note etc. and the only difference between them all is screen size and a stylus that is not a sustainable business model.
    One of the reasons why Apple bounced back in the late nineties is because Jobs cut the line down to four products.
    It’s a cliche but its true: Less is More

    Sorry fAndroid, Samsung is on a high now but the S4 showed little to get excited about so they might have hit their plateau. Logically the next step when profits begin to fall is cut a line.

  • jabohn

    Can we see a comparison of how many smart phones ended up in consumer’s hands (and weren’t returned)?