“A report out today from Juniper Research [states that] Samsung was the biggest smartphone maker in terms of global shipments in Q1 2012, but when it came to making money, Apple was still on top,” Ingrid Lunden reports for TechCrunch.

“In Q1, Samsung is estimated to have shipped 46.9 million smartphones, compared to Apple’s 35.1 million iPhone devices,” Lunden reports. “When considering revenues, however, the tables turn: Apple’s mobile revenues (which include the iPad) were $29.3 billion, while Samsung’s (which include all its mobile products, including feature phones) were just over half of that amount: $17 billion.”

Lunden reports, “And while Apple is beating Samsung in terms of pure revenue, it’s likely also to be beating Samsung in terms of profitability of those devices. When Apple reported another blockbuster quarter when it released its earnings last week, it noted that its gross margin had reached 47.4 percent. Samsung’s margin, on the other hand, was at 12.9 percent.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s unit sales numbers are real and reported. Samsung’s are not and are simply estimated by various outfits such as Juniper, IDC, Gartner, IHS iSuppli, Strategy Analytics, etc.. Said estimates for Samsung’s smartphone units for Q1 2012 run the gamut from 32 million to the above 46.9 million. Quite the range. Any articles claiming Samsung leads Apple or vice versa in smartphone unit shipments are speculation and not fact. As with Amazon and their unreported Kindle unit numbers, only Samsung knows for sure and they’re not saying.

Apple dominates in smartphone profit share and has for quite some time now. Those numbers are clear. Unless Samsung releases their unit sales numbers, there is no factual measure of smartphone market, or unit, share. They are all just estimates.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

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