Samsung ‘is’ the new smartphone king, if the analysts numbers are right. The right usage would be, Samsung might have surpassed Apple and Nokia and is inching towards the smartphone crown. As per Bloomberg, Samsung might have sold 18 million to 21 million, Nokia has sold 16.7 million and Apple have sold 20.3 million smartphones.
From the estimates, only the Samsung estimate is wide enough, leaving much for us to interpret. There is a likelihood of Samsung selling lesser smartphones than Apple, but that seems like a remote possibility given the number of devices Samsung launched in the April-June quarter. Of course, Apple is dealing with the Samsung deluge with just the iPhone.
Also the Bloomberg analyst talks about sales and not shipments. That is very interesting because shipment figures precede sales figures and we haven’t heard any shipment figures yet from any of the analysts.
This estimate shouldn’t come as a revelation because it was already predicted. In the first quarter, Apple has sold 13 million iPhones and Nokia has sold 27.6 million Symbian powered phones. Samsung stood between Apple and Nokia in the sale of smartphones. If Samsung has sold 21 million smartphones, it is a great quarter on quarter increase. Apple’s growth is much better because, it has sold only 13 million phones the previous quarter and is now looking at a 20 million sales figure. That’s impressive for a company which sells just one phone model. But we are here to celebrate Samsung’s success and not Apple’s.
Samsung might already be the new smartphone king. If not, it will be Apple. The only thing we know for sure is, Nokia lost it.