“Earlier this year, Samsung announced the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus smartphones, the latest entries in its flagship Galaxy S-series of smartphones,” Ashraf Eassa writes for The Motley Fool. “It looks like they haven’t sold anywhere near as well as Samsung had hoped — something that initial orders seemed to hint at.”

“According to one analyst cited by The Wall Street Journal, Lee Seung-woo with Eugene Investment and Securities, Samsung is set to ship just 31 million units of its Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus smartphones during calendar year 2018,” Eassa writes. “‘That would mark a dramatic decline from just two years ago, when the Galaxy S7 became Samsung’s best-selling phone ever, with roughly 50 million shipments,’ The Wall Street Journal reported.”

“There are several things that could be going on,” Eassa writes. “Within the premium Android smartphone market, competition continues to intensify, particularly from China-based smartphone vendors. So, not only could the premium portion of the market be shrinking, but the competition for that smaller overall business is getting fiercer. On top of that, Samsung had to contend with Apple’s iPhone X…”

iPhone X Alone Generated 35% of the Total Handset Industry Profits in Q4 2017

Apple iPhone captured 86% of the total handset market profits in Q417

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MacDailyNews Take: “Premium Android Smartphone,” as in: “High-end Sewer Content.”

Are the great unwashed finally waking up to the fact that a dog-slow fragmandroid pretend iPhone is nowhere near comparable to the real thing?

Apple’s iPhone X made 5 times the profit of 600 Android OEMs combined – April 18, 2018
Apple’s iPhone captured 86% of global handset profits in Q417; iPhone X alone took 35% of global handset profits – April 17, 2018
Apple’s iPhone X is the UK’s most popular smartphone – April 9, 2018
Apple’s iPhone X and 8 Plus offer superior battery life vs. Samsung’s Galaxy S9 – April 3, 2018
Apple’s iPhone X sales continue to disappoint, some analysts say – March 22, 2018
Ignore the iPhone X naysayers – March 10, 2018
iPhone X drives smartphone revenue dominance; Apple made more money in Q417 than the rest of the smartphone makers combined – February 16, 2018
Apple iPhone took more than half of worldwide smartphone revenue share in Q417, a new record – February 15, 2018
Will the naysayers admit they were wrong about Apple’s iPhone X? – February 5, 2018
Strategy Analytics: Apple has shipped 1.2 billion iPhones in the past 10 years; $760 billion in global revenue to date – September 8, 2017
Apple took 83% of smartphone market profits in calendar first quarter – May 16, 2017