Samsung has strengthened its lead over Apple in terms of smartphone sales for Q4 2013, as the Korean tech giant sold a record-breaking 86 million smartphones in the last quarter of 2013 alone.
According to Reuters, “Samsung Electronics Co Ltd sold a record 86 million smartphones in the fourth quarter and widened its lead over Apple Inc even after the U.S. firm reached a new iPhone sales high, data from research firm Strategy Analytics showed.
“Samsung took 29.6 percent of the global smartphone market in the fourth quarter, ahead of Apple's 17.6 percent, as strong low-end market growth led by Chinese vendors continued to shake up the smartphone industry, the data showed.
“Apple sold a record 51 million iPhones in the year-end quarter although its market share slipped from the previous year's 22 percent, as Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and Lenovo Group Ltd rose to become the world's No.3 and No.4 respectively.”
Strategy Analytics analyst Linda Sui said, “There is clearly now more competition coming from the second-tier smartphone brands. Huawei, LG Electronics and Lenovo each grew their smartphone shipments around two times faster than the global industry average.
“Samsung and Apple will need to fight hard to hold off these and other hungry challengers during 2014.”
The news site added, “For the entire 2013, global smartphone shipments grew 41 percent to reach a record 990 million. Samsung sold 319.8 million units to take 32.2 percent, up from 30.4 percent in 2012.
“Apple sold 153.5 million iPhones with a 15.5 percent market share.”
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