“There has been quite a bit of interesting media and headlines this last week pointing to data related to Samsung’s latest earnings and smartphone shipments. Many are making the claim that Samsung is now the number one smartphone vendor by volume,” ben Bajarin reports for Tech.pinions. “However, when we dig deeper into the numbers we find a different story.”
“First (something that shockingly needs to be continually pointed out), the numbers released in Samsung’s earnings of 27.8 million smart phones shipped is product shipped into the channel not sold to consumers,” Bajarin reports. “Another differentiating point regarding numbers is that Apple actually releases the number of products sold to consumers where many other companies [including Samsung] do not.”
Bajarin reports, “Second, the statement that Samsung is the largest “shipper” of smartphones can only apply to Samsung’s Q3 for 2011 not per anum. Apple still sells annually more smartphones than any other manufacturer.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Exactly as we said on October 20th.
Shipped vs. sold and third-party estimates vs. actual unit sales – October 28, 2011
WSJ dubiously claims Samsung beat Apple in smartphone shipments as world waited for next-gen iPhone – October 20, 2011