Samsung is still in the process of rolling out its flagship Galaxy S II across the globe, but that didn’t stop the Korean manufacturer from selling a fairly ludicrous number of smartphones in Q2.
Indeed, Neil Mawston of Strategy Analytics (the guys who gave us those juicy tablet stats last week) reckons Samsung may have outsold rivals Nokia and Apple.
Neil estimates that Samsung sold somewhere in the region of 18 to 21 million smartphones in the second quarter. That’s compared to Nokia’s 16.7 million and Apple’s 20.3 million.
“Samsung’s Android portfolio is selling strongly in most regions,” observes Mawston. “Samsung stands a reasonable chance of capturing the top spot on a quarterly basis if it can continue expanding its Android portfolio across high-growth markets like China and Brazil. Samsung and Apple will be at similar levels in smartphones by the end of the year.”
There’s no love lost between Apple and Samsung. Apple is one of Samsung’s biggest clients, but has accused the Koreans of ripping off the “look and feel” of the iPhone and iPad.
Last week Apple’s CFO, Peter Oppenheimer, explained that the Californians' revenue is expected to dip slightly in Q3, as it prepares for a “product transition”. That’ll be the new iPhone, then.