Move over, Apple: Samsung sold more LTE smartphones in Q2 2014

As the long-fought battle between Samsung and Apple rages on, it seems like Samsung is picking up all the traction that Apple is losing. Through numbers reported by the firm Strategy Analytics, by selling 28.6 million phones and earning a 32.2% market share in Q2 2014, Samsung has surpassed Apple and knocked it down to second place.

Apple's market share isn't to be underestimated, however -- they still held a 31.9% market share for Q2, meaning they were just trailing behind Samsung.

Apple iPhone sales grew significantly in Q1 2014 after the launch of the iPhone in China, however sales soon started to dip as prospective customers began postponing their iPhone purchases in anticipation of the new iPhone rumored to be announced in September.

Samsung's achievement can be chalked up to the release of the Galaxy S5 and all of the variations that followed. Coupled with Apple's lack of sales for mid-tier devices, it helped Samsung supercede Apple's top spot. Interestingly, however, Samsung still continues to project losses even when they're outselling their competitors.

This news comes soon after it was announced that Microsoft may be settling its legal battle with Samsung in the very near future.

Source: Chosun via GSM Arena | Image via TechCrunch

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If I am wrong, I am sorry, but you have to remember that not all people reading these articles are informed and therefore you need to be careful what you writing!

It is interesting how journalists would tweak an article to somehow make a specific product not look so bad. Now they use "LTE" as a way to make Apple look like they are still up there. Maybe next time they will say that Apple still sell the most (or almost) phones that looks like an iPhone or have a sapphire screen or phones with their camera in the corner etc etc.

For the uninformed, this article says that Apple is still selling almost as many phones as Samsung, which is nowhere close to the truth. Many people will read this article not even knowing what LTE is. So in fact this article is telling a lie by telling the truth!

You can lie by just omitting certain details. Politicians know how to use this. It is unethical. Maybe the writer did not mean it, but then he should not be a journalist. It is more likely though that he is an Apple fanb, or maybe even a Samsung fan with a twist. Same goes to say.

Please own up an apologize. Be as objective as possible please.

Are you talking about the author of the Neowin article?

Or the author of the SOURCE article?

Besides... Strategy Analytics are the ones who presented this research about "LTE" smartphones. Shouldn't they be the ones to blame?

There were plenty of articles last month about quarterly smartphone shipments.

This article, however, is a new slant on it.

While I agree that this is the first time we've seen them discuss specifically "LTE" smartphones... there's nothing nefarious going on here.

Must be those old, really efficient, 64 bit processors inside the iPhones :p In the meantime Samsung gets more profits from smartphones than apple does now, and they call Apple a one trick pony. Oh how the times have changed...

You know how I can tell you didn't read TFA?

"Interestingly, however, Samsung still continues to project losses even when they're outselling their competitors."

That's very poor reporting. Profits down and losses are completely two different things. Click on the link and read.

What? They (Samsung) said they're projecting losses. Projecting isn't reporting losses. IT'S A PROJECTION. Read that again so you understand.

Source:

http://www.neowin.net/news/samsung-q2-profit-down-25-blames-smartphone-growth-slowdown


Furthermore, this doesn't change the fact that you're wrong about Samsung making more than Apple on smartphone sales. That's what you said in your first comment, yes? Here, just in case you forgot what you typed: "In the meantime Samsung gets more profits from smartphones than apple does now." FALSE. FALSE. FALSE.

Ok I think we misunderstood each other. You are talking about Samsung loosing profits as opposed to previous quarters whereas I was talking about Samsung taking in losses. We are both right and wrong at the same time, depending on how you interpret that.

Also, when talking about profits from smartphones, I was talking about total profits from smartphones as part of total profits of a company. People were saying how most of apples profits come from smartphones, which isn't a total lie, but nowadays samsung's smartphone sales make up a larger chunk of their total profits than at Apple.

Not sure if this makes sense :0

Sorry for the misunderstanding. I get what you're saying now. :-)

Apple still does have one of if not THE highest profit margins when it comes to phones, at least, that's what I've been reading the past few years.

We need to redefine the meaning of smartphone. iPhones have less than half of the features any Android phone have but are still counted as smartphones...

amnesiality said,
We need to redefine the meaning of a car. Some cars have less than half of features other cars have but are still counted as cars.

You are close , but a smartphone is more like sport-car. Nice try tough...

DaveBG said,
We need to redefine the meaning of smartphone. iPhones have less than half of the features any Android phone have but are still counted as smartphones...

They're called smartphones because they're smartphones. No amount of goal post moving is going to change that.

DaveBG said,
We need to redefine the meaning of smartphone. iPhones have less than half of the features any Android phone have but are still counted as smartphones...

Right, because more features equals better, right?...
I prefer quality over quantity.

Astra.Xtreme said,

Right, because more features equals better, right?...
I prefer quality over quantity.


Wow, finally someone is holding his iPhone correctly! :)

Astra.Xtreme said,

2010 called and it wants it's cliche phase back.


Your right I should have pointed the more recent apple maps joke... :D

DaveBG said,

Your right I should have pointed the more recent apple maps joke... :D

Haha, I think most of can accept that Apple Maps is crap, and still is.
I'm still thankful that Google made their maps app free. I would have paid $20 or more to have something reliable. :)

Astra.Xtreme said,

2010 called and it wants it's cliche phase back.

2007 called and it wants to know why you are using the same phone... ;)

"Samsung outsells old iPhone (with new iPhone imminent) with newer devices"

Shock!!

I'm sure the same thing was posted last year right before iPhone release?

While it may not be an incredible shock, it is still the first time a single company has out sold apple (regardless of the quarter) in smartphone sales for sometime, so it's pretty significant.

Hmmm... this is a metric I've never seen used before...

LTE smartphones?

Last month there were reports of Samsung selling 74 million "smartphones" compared to Apple's 35 million in Q2 2014.

And now they are breaking it down to just "LTE smartphones" ?

Interesting...

But it actually makes sense. A "smartphone" can mean anything from a cheapo Android phone sold in developing nations all the way up to a flagship phone. I think the definition of a "smartphone" has become somewhat devalued these days. Maybe it's time to create different categories of smartphones.

The big takeaway from this news is that Samsung sold 28 million "LTE" smartphones out of 75 million total smartphones.

That leaves 47 million 3G smartphones sold by Samsung last quarter... most likely cheap throwaway Android phones.

People have always wondered how many of Samsung's Android phones are "premium" phones... and I think we just got a big clue.

On another note... I think it's funny how the article paints the picture of Apple getting "knocked down to 2nd place"

Apple was already in 2nd place in total smartphone units shipped.

Especially with the fact you can get a new "smartphone" for dirt cheap off contract and on contract they're giving away most smartphones away. We need a new name for the more powerful smartphones, it's like calling a netbook a gaming laptop.....

Overpriced shitphone may be a good name. You know, sometimes you just need a 500+ EUR hardware to run a stupid OS without it stuttering.

There is nothing wrong with calling a 50 EUR device a smartphone which can do everything that a 500+ EUR device can do.

Michael Scrip said,
Hmmm... this is a metric I've never seen used before...

LTE smartphones?

Last month there were reports of Samsung selling 74 million "smartphones" compared to Apple's 35 million in Q2 2014.

And now they are breaking it down to just "LTE smartphones" ?

Interesting...

Why is that so interesting? Last I checked, all currently sold iphones are LTE phones. To say that Samsungs LTE only phones sold more than the iphone is meaningful. It makes it even more meaningful that Samsung then sells even more non LTE phones which makes their market share far surpass that of Apple. Very meaningful indeed.

SJTWD said,

Why is that so interesting? Last I checked, all currently sold iphones are LTE phones. To say that Samsungs LTE only phones sold more than the iphone is meaningful. It makes it even more meaningful that Samsung then sells even more non LTE phones which makes their market share far surpass that of Apple. Very meaningful indeed.

Yes... Samsung is still "beating" Apple. And they have been for years. No one is questioning that.

I've just never seen analysts break it down into "LTE smartphones" before.

Whenever we get quarterly numbers from Strategy Analytics, IDC, Gartner, etc... it's always been "smartphones" and "all mobile phones"

But this is the first time I've seen them talk specifically about "LTE smartphones"

There's gotta be a reason why they did that, right?

I'm not an Apple fan by any metric, but this has everything to do with Apple having a 9+ old phone out there for sale and Samsung having a brand new phone out there.

Raa said,
I didn't realise the iPhone 5s & 5c were 9 years old...

Most of their innards are probably 9 years old. /s

evacc44 said,
I'm not an Apple fan by any metric, but this has everything to do with Apple having a 9+ old phone out there for sale and Samsung having a brand new phone out there.

The first iPhones being sold on Ebay doesn't count...

I would also think, that perhaps people are waiting for the iPhone 6. Why buy or renew a service with an iPhone 5s if the 6 is right around the corner? If you want an iPhone that is..