Strategy Analytics has a new report out that estimates that Samsung has once again become the number one smartphone manufacturer by units shipped. Although Samsung doesn’t officially report unit numbers, the analytics firm is estimating 83 million smartphones sold worldwide for the company. IDC is also reporting similar numbers.
Apple, which does report the number of iPhones it shipped, sold 61 million iPhones in the last quarter. This is a new record for Apple (which became the #1 manufacturer during the previous quarter with the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus) but is clearly outstripped by Samsung’s (estimated) number by about 20 million units.
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For the first time ever, Apple took the top spot over Samsung in the final three months of 2014. There is more to smartphone market success than shipments metrics of course. Apple is probably not that bothered that it ceded the accolade to Samsung for the time being. As shown by the chart, it is comfortably at the #2 spot by units sold and continues to dominate industry profits. The next highest vendor, Lenovo, shipped 18 million units.
Apple reported a record $13.6 billion in operating profit last quarter, largely due to rising iPhone sales. For comparison, Samsung reported $5.6 billion in operating profit on $44 billion in revenue.