iPhone vs. Galaxy sales

Lacking hard numbers (because Samsung doesn’t release them anymore) most analysts assume that the bulk of the Korean manufacturer’s mobile sales come from its low-end phones. According to Raymond James’ Tavis McCourt, Samsung’s high-end Galaxy smartphone line outsold the iPhone only once — in the summer of 2012, when many of Apple’s (AAPL) customers were holding out for the iPhone 5.

  • I don’t understand how companies like Amazon and Samsung get away with not releasing any numbers.

    • Because people realize that it’s their competitive right to do so…

      The thing that pisses me off, however, is the double standard employed towards companies’ sales numbers release whereby “journalists” and “analysts” readily accept Amazon’s (current “x” number over the previous quarter’s “x” number) but whine and shake their fists when Apple releases their ACTUAL numbers simply because they don’t include separate numbers for EVERY single iPhone and iPad model.

    • Domicinator

      I’m not 100% sure why Samsung does it, but I totally know why Amazon does it. Amazon is an up and coming player in mobile. Kindle Fire is doing OK, but its sales are not amazing. However, if they sold 1 Kindle Fire last quarter and 10 this quarter, they can tell you that they increased their sales by 10x what they were last quarter. 10x of what? Well, that’s the question they aren’t answering.

      My theory on Samsung is that they probably want to report numbers shipped just like Apple does, but their numbers shipped are not necessarily numbers sold like Apple’s are. So if they just don’t report numbers, they don’t have to differentiate.

  • Tvaddic

    The 2 will trade off the lead each quarter, considering they have complete opposite release dates.

  • BC2009

    Galaxy smartphone may have outsold the iPhone 4S only once; however, if you added in iPhone 5 sales, the Galaxy smartphones combined did not even come close to out-selling the iPhone line.

  • On the other hand, the trend line for the estimates looks to be in Samsung’s favor.

  • Pfft. If you go back to the Barron’s article, you’ll notice the original chart goes back to June 2010, but does not show sales of the iPhone 3GS (or 3G). Basically, we’re looking at Most iPhones vs. Every Galaxy. Seems somewhat unfair.