Samsung wants to ship 500 million handsets in 2013, likely
setting a new world record for the most mobile phones produced in
a year. According to
, the company is currently receiving 10 million panels per month
from China-based BOE. These panels come from one of many
suppliers that Samsung uses and will be employed by the tech
giant's entry-level and mid-range devices.
1.5 billion phones
were believed to have been shipped in 2012. Assuming that
cellular device shipments continue to grow, Samsung could end up
providing roughly 30 percent of the units.
Sales and shipments are two very different things, however.
While the South Korean company could flood the world with dozens
of handsets, many of them may not be sold right away.
Not all of these devices will be smartphones. While they are
commonplace in the United States, smartphones have yet to fully
replace traditional cellular devices in emerging markets.
Even so, Samsung's shipment numbers are likely to dwarf the
), Samsung's lead competitor, does not say how many iPhone units
are shipped each year. The Cupertino, California-based company
focuses squarely on sales figures.
According to Apple's
last four earnings releases
(FY2012 Q2, Q3, Q4 and FY2013 Q1), Apple sold more than 130
million smartphones in 2012. For a company that only produces one
type of smartphone, that number is extremely impressive. Even if
Apple sold five different iPhones, it would still be quite an
Apple is expected to release its next smartphone, the iPhone
5S, sometime this summer. The device could be
on June 29, 2013 -- exactly six years after the original iPhone
Samsung's next smartphone, the Galaxy S IV, was unveiled last
month. It is
50 percent faster
than the iPhone 5. Early benchmarks suggest that it is also
faster than BlackBerry's (NASDAQ:
) Z10, the first handset to utilize the company's BB10 operating
HTC, which is attempting to rebrand its business after years
of slumping sales, is getting a lot of positive buzz for the HTC
One. This device is expected to be a
to the Galaxy S IV and the next iPhone.
Both HTC and Amazon (NASDAQ:
) are rumored to be
developing a phone
for Facebook (NASDAQ:
The social networking giant has that it will develop its own
smartphone but has not specifically said whether or not it would
allow a third-party to release a Facebook-branded device.
Louis Bedigian is the Senior Tech Analyst and Features Writer
of Benzinga. You can reach him at 248-636-1322 or
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