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Apple & Samsung lose share to smaller Chinese OEMs in Q2 smartphone shipment numbers

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Following releasing its second quarter data for tablet shipments worldwide, IDC today released its Q2 2014 report for smartphone shipments during the three month period that ended in June. The numbers line up with Apple’s fiscal Q3 earnings call that took place earlier this month where the company reported iPhone sales of 35.1 million units for the quarter. With 295.3 million units shipped total during Q2, and consumers anticipating a new iPhone this fall, IDC notes that both Samsung and Apple lost share to the smaller Chinese manufacturers:

Emerging markets supported by local vendors are continuing to act as the main catalyst for smartphone growth. Among the top vendors in the market, a wide range of Chinese OEMs more than outpaced the market in 2Q14. By far the most impressive was Huawei, nearly doubling its shipments from a year ago, followed by another strong performance from Lenovo.

While Apple shipped 35.1 million units up from 31.2 million units in the year ago quarter, it sits at 11.9% market share in Q2 compared to 13% last year. Samsung too drops in both market share in shipments with 74.3 million units and 25.2% market share for the quarter down from 77.3 million units and 32.3% share a year ago. The report does note that Apple “enjoyed continued success in the BRIC markets, a good sign that it is building its footprint in emerging markets.”

As pictured in the chart above, Samsung and Apple remain the number one and two positions for top OEM vendors worldwide followed by Huawei, Lenovo, LG and the Others category with the remaining 45.8%. Earlier this month IDC released its tablet shipment numbers with Apple grabbing 26.9% of the market (down from 33% last year) and both Samsung and Apple losing share to smaller companies much like in today’s smartphone report.


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Lenovo says it can’t make a profit on Windows tablets under 10-inches

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Lenovo’s $2.91 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility from Google is still pending regulatory approval, however it looks like the company is already mapping out a new strategy. Despite being one of the world’s largest PC makers, Lenovo is halting the development of Windows tablets under 10 inches in size and migrating its remaining inventory to markets like Brazil, China and Japan where there’s more of a need for low-cost slates.

Apple, in turn, has had a huge success with the 7.9-inch iPad Mini which quickly became one of its best sellers after its introduction almost 2 years ago.

A company spokesperson recently shared details with PC World in an email, saying “In North America, we’re seeing stronger interest in the larger screen sizes for Windows tablets and are pleased with initial customer demand for the ThinkPad 10.” It’s too early to determine exactly how big of an impact Lenovo’s decision will have on the tablet market as a whole, but from the look of things, Microsoft’s loss will likely be Apple’s and Google’s gain.

 


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Lenovo says it can’t make a profit on Windows tablets under 10-inches

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge S430

Lenovo’s $2.91 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility from Google is still pending regulatory approval, however it looks like the company is already mapping out a new strategy. Despite being one of the world’s largest PC makers, Lenovo is halting the development of Windows tablets under 10 inches in size and migrating its remaining inventory to markets like Brazil, China and Japan where there’s more of a need for low-cost slates.

Apple, in turn, has had a huge success with the 7.9-inch iPad Mini which quickly became one of its best sellers after its introduction almost 2 years ago.

A company spokesperson recently shared details with PC World in an email, saying “In North America, we’re seeing stronger interest in the larger screen sizes for Windows tablets and are pleased with initial customer demand for the ThinkPad 10.” It’s too early to determine exactly how big of an impact Lenovo’s decision will have on the tablet market as a whole, but from the look of things, Microsoft’s loss will likely be Apple’s and Google’s gain.

 


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Samsung misses analyst estimates, reports $7.1 billion in operating profit for Q2

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Photo: ibtimes.com

After warning earlier this month that Q2 didn’t “look too good,” Samsung today released its earnings preview for the second quarter of 2014. The South Korean company reported an operating profit of $7.1 billion (7.2 trillion won), missing analyst estimates of $8 billion (8.1 trillion won). This comes out to a 24 percent drop year over year (via Bloomberg).

The mobile/telecommunications unit of Samsung anticipates an operating profit of 5.1 trillion won on sales of 31 trillion won. Samsung says that it hopes to improve its earnings this quarter with a limited impact from a stronger won. For Q2, Samsung blamed its weak performance on the Korean won’s appreciation against the U.S. dollar and the euro.

In terms of smartphone shipments, Samsung shipped 78 million units in Q2, as opposed to the 87.5 million units it shipped in Q1. Many analysts believe that the slide in shipments is due in large part to Samsung’s in ability to “differentiate” its products from Chinese rivals like Xiaomi and Lenovo. This, of course, is in addition to Apple stealing higher-end customers, as well. For Q2, Samsung also said that sales of its medium and low-end smartphones were weak due to increasing competition.

Samsung does, however, note that its Galaxy S5 flagship is selling faster than any smartphone it has ever released, absorbing sales of 10 million units within the first 25 days. Apple is set to report its Q3 earnings on July 22nd.


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