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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Samsung Shipped More Smartphones Than Other Vendors Combined In Q1 2014


Although Apple remains the top smartphone maker in the U.S., Samsung is the undisputed king worldwide, as the Korean company shipped more smartphones than the next four vendors combined in Q1 2014.

According to the lates data released by IDC, Samsung began 2014 exactly where it started and finished 2013: as the worldwide leader in the smartphone market. By the end of the quarter, Samsung had shipped more smartphones than the next four vendors combined -- Apple, Huawei, Lenovo, and LG.
While the company relied on its high-end smartphones within mature markets and its deep selection of entry and mid-range models in emerging markets, Samsung unveiled and launched its flagship Galaxy S5 within select markets.

During the same period, Apple reached a new first quarter record, breaching the 40 million unit mark. The company saw double-digit growth in Japan as well as across multiple developing markets, including Brazil, China, India, and Indonesia, IDC found. Still, this made for the lowest year-over-year improvement among the leading vendors. What remains to be seen is when - not if - Apple's rumored large-screen models will arrive on the market, filling a gap in the company's portfolio that has been exploited by the competition.

Huawei kept its third place position worldwide, beating out Lenovo by fewer than a million units. Huawei's aim for 2014 is to ship 80 million smartphones worldwide, and contributing to that is the company's increasing emphasis on large-screen smartphones. Huawei revealed its latest addition, the Ascend Mate 2 4G, which features a 6.1-inch screen.

Lenovo posted the largest year-over-year increase among the leading vendors, with continued success in Asia/Pacific and a nominal presence elsewhere This will quickly change once the acquisition of Motorola is completed, thereby giving the company a footprint in markets - including North America and Western Europe - where it has been notably absent.

LG continued as the number five vendor worldwide and its 12.3 million units were enough to stave off multiple Chinese vendors, including Coolpad, Xiaomi, and ZTE. Driving the company's success was its emphasis on LTE-powered smartphones, including the G2, Nexus 5, and the G Flex. At the same time, the company saw the continued success of its mid-range F-series and entry-level L-series devices.

Top Five Smartphone Vendors, Worldwide Shipments, and Market Share, Q1 2014 (Preliminary Results, Units in Millions)

Vendor

1Q14 Shipment Volumes

1Q14 Market Share

1Q13 Shipment Volumes

1Q13 Market Share

Year-Over-Year Change

Samsung

85.0

30.2%

69.7

31.9%

22.0%

Apple

43.7

15.5%

37.4

17.1%

16.8%

Huawei

13.7

4.9%

9.3

4.3%

47.3%

Lenovo

12.9

4.6%

7.9

3.6%

63.3%

LG

12.3

4.4%

10.3

4.7%

19.4%

Others

113.9

40.5%

84.2

38.5%

35.2%

Total

281.5

100.0%

218.8

100.0%

28.6%

Source: IDC Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker, April 30, 2014

Top Five Mobile Phone Vendors, Shipments, and Market Share, Q1 2014   (Preliminary Results, Units in Millions)

Vendor

1Q14 Shipment Volumes

1Q14 Market Share

1Q13 Shipment Volumes

1Q13 Market Share

Year-Over-Year Change

Samsung

108.9

24.3%

109.3

25.3%

-0.3%

Nokia

50.5

11.3%

61.9

14.3%

-18.4%

Apple

43.7

9.7%

37.4

8.7%

16.8%

LG

16.0

3.6%

16.2

3.8%

-1.2%

Huawei

14.6

3.2%

10.9

2.5%

33.8%

Others

214.9

47.9%

196.1

45.4%

9.6%

Total

448.6

100.0%

431.8

100.0%

3.9%

Source: IDC Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker, April 30, 2014

IDC added that the worldwide smartphone market began the year with an expected retrenchment from holiday quarter shipment volumes, but still posted a year-over-year increase in the first quarter of 2014 (1Q14). Vendors shipped a total of 281.5 million smartphones worldwide, up 28.6% from the 218.8 million units in 1Q13 but down -2.8% from the 289.6 million units shipped in 4Q13.

IDC expects total smartphone shipment volumes to reach 1.2 billion units in 2014, up 19.3% year over year from the 1.0 billion units shipped in 2013. This marks a slowdown from the 39.2% growth seen in 2013.



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