Samsung shipped twice as many smartphones as Apple in 3Q
Seoul, South Korea (4E) – Samsung owned 35 percent of the smartphone market in the third quarter according to research done by Strategy Analytics. Out of the 162 million smartphones shipped worldwide, 56.9 million were by Samsung. Coincidentally, Samsung’s market share in the global market is estimated to be almost at 35 percent.
“This was the largest number of units ever shipped by a smartphone vendor in a single quarter,” Strategy Analytics’ executive director Neil Mawston said.
Samsung’s rival, Apple shipped 26.9 million iPhones in the third quarter. Apple also recently reported its financial earnings and it missed Wall Street estimates.
Samsung and Apple are the top players in the smartphone market. Nokia had a hold on the smartphone market years ago before Samsung and Apple entered the picture. Nokia only shipped 6.3 million units in the third quarter. Last year during the same period, Nokia sold 16.8 million units.
“Samsung and Apple combined now account for over half of all smartphones shipped worldwide, up from around one-third a year ago. Volumes have polarized around those two brands.
Nokia has now slipped outside the top three global smartphone rankings for the first time in history,” Strategy Analytics’ analyst Neil Shaw added.