Handset Country Share Tracker

A vital tracking tool for helping companies measure the success of competitors and partners in their local markets.

May 30, 2013 18:32 khyers

Samsung on 30 May 2013 unveiled its long anticipated Galaxy S4 Mini, a smaller sibling to its Galaxy S4. According to our Country Share Tracker (CST) service we estimate that the S4 has shipped over 10 million units globally in the first month of availability following its launch, emphasizing the strong pent-up demand for Samsung’s flagship smartphone. We expect the S4 Mini to receive a strong welcome in its own right following its expected introduction in July 2013.

The S4 Mini is lightweight version of the Galaxy S4 which none-the-less manages to pack many of the same features that that have made the S4 a hit. It comes with a 4.3” qHD Super AMOLED display, 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, and 8-megapixel camera. Despite high demand for 5-inch and larger smartphones such as the S4 and the Samsung Galaxy Note II, sub-5” smartphones remain in high demand, with the S4 Mini well positioned to take considerable share in this segment.

We expect that Samsung will position the S4 Mini as a direct challenger to Apple’s iPhone 4S and its upcoming rumored low-cost iPhone Mini variant. We estimate that Samsung will aim to undercut the iPhone 4S by around 5%, making it an attractive option for consumers.

With the S4 Mini, Samsung is clearly taking the fight to Apple, challenging it across additional price tiers.


February 20, 2013 09:18 nmawston

According to the latest research from our Handset Country Share Tracker (CST) service, Apple’s iPhone 5 overtook Samsung’s Galaxy S3 to become the world’s best-selling smartphone model for the first time ever in the fourth quarter of 2012. A rich touchscreen, extensive distribution and generous operator subsidies have propelled the iPhone 5 to the top spot.

Apple’s iPhone 5 smartphone model shipped an estimated 27.4 million units worldwide during the fourth quarter of 2012. The iPhone 5 captured an impressive 13 percent share of all smartphones shipped globally and it has become the world’s best-selling smartphone model for the first time ever. A rich touchscreen design, extensive distribution across dozens of countries, and generous operator subsidies have been among the main causes of the iPhone 5’s success. In addition to the iPhone 5, Apple shipped an estimated 17.4 million iPhone 4S units for 8 percent smartphone share globally in Q4 2012. Apple’s iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S are currently the world’s two most popular smartphone models.

Apple’s iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S together accounted for 1 in 5 of all smartphones shipped worldwide in Q4 2012. This was an impressive performance, given the iPhone portfolio’s premium pricing. We estimate Samsung’s Galaxy S3 was the world’s third best-selling smartphone model and it shipped 15.4 million units globally, capturing 7 percent share in the fourth quarter of 2012. Samsung’s Galaxy S3 has long proven wildly popular with consumers and operators across North America, Europe and Asia. However, global demand for the Galaxy S3 appears to have peaked and Samsung will surely be keen to introduce its rumored Galaxy S4 upgrade in the coming weeks to fight back against Apple’s popular iPhone range.

Exhibit 1: Global Smartphone Shipments & Marketshare by Model in Q4 2012 [1]

Global Smartphone Shipments by Model (Millions of Units)
Q3 '12
Q4 '12
Apple iPhone 5
6.0
27.4
Apple iPhone 4S
16.2
17.4
Samsung Galaxy S3
18.0
15.4
Others
132.6
156.8
Total
172.8
217.0
 
 
 
Global Smartphone Marketshare by Model (% of Total)
Q3 '12
Q4 '12
Apple iPhone 5
3.5%
12.6%
Apple iPhone 4S
9.4%
8.0%
Samsung Galaxy S3
10.4%
7.1%
Others
76.7%
72.3%
Total
100.0%
100.0%

[1] Numbers are rounded. Updated total. The Samsung Galaxy S3 total does not include the S3 Mini, S2, S or any other related models. The iPhone 5 total does not include the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 or any other related models. The iPhone 4S total does not include the iPhone 5, iPhone 4 or any other related models.


November 8, 2012 09:22 nmawston

According to new research from our Country Share Tracker (CST) service, Samsung’s Galaxy S3 overtook Apple’s iPhone 4S to become the world’s best-selling smartphone model for the first time ever in the third quarter of 2012. A large touchscreen, extensive distribution and generous operator subsidies have propelled the Galaxy S3 to the top spot.

Samsung’s Galaxy S3 smartphone model shipped 18.0 million units worldwide during the third quarter of 2012. The Galaxy S3 captured an impressive 11 percent share of all smartphones shipped globally and it has become the world’s best-selling smartphone model for the first time ever. A large touchscreen design, extensive distribution across dozens of countries, and generous operator subsidies have been among the main causes of the Galaxy S3’s success. Apple shipped an estimated 16.2 million iPhone 4S units worldwide for second place, as consumers temporarily held off purchases in anticipation of a widely expected iPhone 5 upgrade at the end of the quarter.

Samsung’s Galaxy S3 has proven wildly popular with consumers and operators across North America, Europe and Asia. However, the Galaxy S3’s position as the world’s best-selling smartphone model is likely to be short-lived. The Apple iPhone 5 has gotten off to a solid start already with an estimated 6.0 million units shipped globally during Q3 2012. We expect the new iPhone 5 to out-ship Samsung’s Galaxy S3 in the coming fourth quarter of 2012 and Apple should soon reclaim the title of the world’s most popular smartphone model.

Exhibit 1: Global Smartphone Shipments & Marketshare by Model in Q3 2012 [1]

Global Smartphone Shipments by Model (Millions of Units)

Q2 '12

Q3 '12

Samsung Galaxy S3

5.4

18.0

Apple iPhone 4S

19.4

16.2

Apple iPhone 5

0.0

6.0

Others

128.0

127.6

Total

152.8

167.8

 

 

 

Global Smartphone Marketshare by Model (% of Total)

Q2 '12

Q3 '12

Samsung Galaxy S3

3.5%

10.7%

Apple iPhone 4S

12.7%

9.7%

Apple iPhone 5

0.0%

3.6%

Others

83.8%

76.0%

Total

100.0%

100.0%


[1] Numbers are rounded. Updated total. The Samsung Galaxy S3 total does not include the S3 Mini, S2, S or any other related models. The iPhone 4S total does not include the iPhone 5, iPhone 4 or any other related models.