Samsung aiming to sell 200 million smartphones in 2012

Samsung aiming to sell 200 million smartphones in 2012Not content with becoming the world’s number one mobile manufacturer in Q1 in terms of volume shipped (based on Strategy Analytics’ estimates, at least), Samsung has set some lofty goals for the remainder of space year 2012AD.

This year, Samsung hopes to grab an even bigger slice of the global mobile pie, and sell - yes sell, according to MarketWatch - a ludicrous 200 million smartphones.

It’s estimated that Samsung shipped 44.5 million smartphones in the first quarter, so it's already on course to hit that target. Er, that's assuming people are actually buying the things.

The Samsung Galaxy S III was finally launched on Thursday, so Sammo will be expecting to punt a fair few of them, we imagine.

JK Shin, Samsung’s mobile bigwig, reckons the Galaxy S III should – all going well – manage to stay out of the courtroom. "Features that were identified in previous lawsuits aren't in this new model. We've created and invented many technologies," he explains.

Ultimately, Samsung hopes to secure a 23-24% share of the global mobile market, up from 21.1% in 2011. However, it faces stiff competition from Chinese manufacturers like Huawei and ZTE, who are out to make a name for themselves at the expense of the big boys.

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Pondlife  May. 6, 2012 at 19:02

Seems possible then, will depend what else they've got up their sleeves for rest of year.

Part of articles reminds me meant to link this on mobot the other day.

corgi74  May. 6, 2012 at 19:10

That's only 1 of each phone in the Galaxy range isn't it?

JanSt / MOD  May. 6, 2012 at 19:49

Quite possible: practically every network in the world has a couple of really cheap entry level
Samsung Android devices, and not to mention the flood of mid-rangers... WP seems to be going nowhere and is outsold by, yep, Samsung's Bada. Judging by the release schedule of the Nokia PureView 808, Symbian won't be enjoying a significant revival, BBs are drip-dropping until "10" is out... Ah, yes, HTC. Maybe it's my not really being crazy about Android, but while using the ONE S and X I have been missing this wow-thing. The X especially. Yes, the camera is great, as is Sense 4, but somehow it's as if whatever is great about it just highlights the weaknesses of ICS rather than overplay them. o_O Can't yet put my finger on it - but the HTC One X lacks whatever makes a gadget an instant classic. I'm sure the SGS3 will outsell it big time.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 6, 2012 at 21:02

I've just bought an HTC One X, it's arriving on Tuesday (and likely is going up for sale again the same day), I just want to play with one for longer than I can standing in a shop. The One X isn't going to be a future classic, that's for sure, but it may well be a bargain top end smartphone which undercuts the SGS3 and iPhone 5, price-wise, by a considerable margin (considering I just bought a brand new one for £350).

I'm probably going to give the SGS3 a miss (apart from possibly buying one on the cheap to sell it on), and wait for the...dare I say it...iPhone 5 with iOS 6...

Pondlife  May. 6, 2012 at 21:47

I spent an hour playing with a tablet in cpw the other day lol. Had time to kill waiting for someone to go for a meal. Created a google account and started downloading apps to it. Quite useful time playing with it, more so if they'd actually had any stock maybe.
Not sure anything will be that classic any more, maybe the 808 could be a quirky one.

Jim988  May. 7, 2012 at 00:38

The HTC One x is a decent phone but has its problems..namely
software bugs, shoddy hardware builds (alot of problems..might has a dodgy notification led), overheating..

All in all its pretty good, the software just feels like a beta to me with all the bugs but that should be sorted once i take all of this sense crap off and put pure aosp on

Either way, glad i didnt get the galaxy s3 since its now the Iphone of the android world, and will probably sell a decent amount.


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