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Samsung Reportedly Tops Apple in Smartphones Shipped for Q3, What About Number Sold Though?

According to an industry insider that spoke with the Wall Street Journal, Samsung topped Apple for smartphone shipments in Q3 of this year at roughly 20 million units. Apple reportedly topped out around 17.1 million units sold.  Ahhh wait a minute, sold vs. shipped? Pretty sure there is a difference there. We all know that Samsung reported big time shipment numbers back when their original Galaxy Tab 7 was released only to find out later that they had not actually sold more than a couple of thousand. I’m not suggesting that’s what we have going on here, but sold vs. shipped – there is a big difference there.

Apple actually sold 17.1 million iPhones while Samsung – who doesn’t report on numbers shipped – has reportedly shipped 20 million. Sure, they could have sold 17.2 million and topped Apple, but let’s not assume anything here. We know that the Galaxy SII topped 10 million for the year just a couple of weeks ago, however, suggesting that they topped 17.1 million in a quarter across the world with their entire portfolio seems like a stretch. Until we see units sold from these Android manufacturers, we will try to avoid the celebration that seems to automatically accompany these anonymous reports.

And who knows, maybe when Sammie drops their Q3 numbers on us we will get numbers sold and then we can revisit this conversation.

Sorry if that came off like one of those Apple tech analysts. Just tryin’ to keep it real.

Via:  WSJ

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  • http://www.blackfridaydevil.com/ black friday must here

    apple !

  • Anonymous

    Yea I wish Droid Life wouldn’t let posts like these thru. It just brings us down to the troll level by saying things like my phone is better than yours bc etc. I could care less if sammy sold more phones than apple. As long as sammy keeps making great phones with Android I am happy. I’m sure I can’t be alone here in thinking this post is a bit shameful?

  • Anonymous

    I am using iPhone 4 and recently got my wife a SGSII. I have been checking lots of news, discussions, and comments on the forums. Personality of “fappleboys” and “fandroinds” are very different.

    Compare between SGSII and iPhone 4, I have to make a fair judgement here, the graphic and screen resolution on iPhone is much better than SGSII, but SGSII wins the rest. Same comparisom can apply to iPhone 4(2nd) except the same 8MP rear camera. iPhone 4(2nd) is the newest product from Apple so I can hardly believe they still use only 1.3 MP front camera on it while SGSII has 2 MP front camera. Also the same 3.5″ screen on iPhone 4(2nd).

    There is one thing I like very much on the Android. It is that the phone is synchronized with your Google account and the Market and you can save the rest on the SD card. With my iPhone 4, I have to physically connect to the computer in order to sync and back up. It leaves a window of possibility that I can loss some of my stuff in better sync. My wife never need to hook up her phone to the computer. “fappleboys”, don’t argue with me with the new iClude function with iOS 5 and the new wifi sync because it is not as good as what Android can do.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mariafe.c.oneill Maria Fe Camaya O’Neill

    If the carriers didn’t screw up the release of this phone in the US with their demands then Samsung would have easly beat out Apple for that quarter.

  • sigh

    I remember reading somewhere that a few years ago Apple changed their definition of “sold”.  From what I remember as soon as Apple ships a product to a store they consider it to be “sold”, so in this example the Apple “sold vs Samsung “Shipped” is the same thing.

  • Anonymous

    The iPhone 4S isn’t included in the Q3 numbers.  Something to consider. 

  • Anonymous

    “who doesn’t report on numbers shipped – has reportedly shipped 20 million.”

  • Anonymous

    I can say this – Samsung will sell one more phone last quarter of this year soon as they release the Nexus!

    • hatethanet

      Yeah, I think the Nexus is gonna be my next phone, too. There is still a slight glimmer of hope for the RAZR, though. As far as the Rezound, my experiences with my Thunderbolt have pushed that to a very distant third.

  • Mctypething

    Apple actually sold 17.1 million iPhones while Samsung – who doesn’t report on numbers shipped – has reportedly shipped 20 million.

    Way to go!

    • Anonymous

      Good McCatch bro!

    • OreoMan

      U mad nutbag?

    • http://www.facebook.com/TJHRULZ tjhrulz

      I think when he said that he was more referencing that they did not report this, an insider told WSJ this, so it could be inaccurate 

  • EC8CH

    Even when Samsung does sell more phones it won’t matter to fappleboys… next they’ll say that no single phone sells more, and then they’ll say nobody makes more money off of the phones they sell.  It never ends, and it never matters.

    • Mctypething

      u mad bro?

    • Jarred Sutherland

      And then I ask, why do you even care what your so called “fappleboys” think?

      • Justin Kos

        idk? what do you think fanboy?

        • Jarred Sutherland

          What do I think of you .. things I won’t say because they aren’t nice. 

          The idea that you think I am a fanboy is hilarious.

          • Anonymous

            Read through your own posts buddy. You are so obvious pro-apple and you say you are not a fanboy?

      • EC8CH

        I don’t, I just see the same arguments used so often I can predict how news of Androids growth will be reacted to by fappleboys trolling this site *see Jeff Bernard*

        • Jarred Sutherland

          If you ignore the “fappleboys”, they will eventually just go away.

          • EC8CH

            If only that were true….

            Kinda like Mctypething they keep going and going and going…

          • Jarred Sutherland

            Yeah, that guy is really annoying.

          • Mctypething

            what’s up, u mad bro?

          • Anonymous

            People do react to him though.  Simply liking his comments are enough justification to make him keep going.  What people need to do is flag pointless comments instead of replying to them. 

          • Anonymous

            Wrong. Apple disciples like yourself are here trying to tell us to stop. Don’t you see the irony? Ok let me explain, stay off this board with your pro-Mac comments and we might stop, but you keep pissing everyone off.

    • Anonymous

      what he said.    EXACTLY !!!!

    • http://www.larinx.com Larinx VB

      Why do fandroids care so much?

      • Anonymous

        That’s like a guy punching you in the face and asking why you got mad at him. We care because it feels good to shove the ifans crap back in their face and knock them off their high horse.

        • Jarred Sutherland

          Yeah but then you just end up at the same level as the troll. 

          • hatethanet

            Agreed, Jarred. If someone’s reason for being a complete idiot is, “…but they started it first!” then both parties have got a serious lack of maturity.

        • Anonymous

          Except no one is punching you in the face.  It’s some 12 year old on the internet telling you that his phone is better than yours.  Hardly the same thing. 

          • http://www.larinx.com Larinx VB

            word.

          • http://www.sacramentocustomwheels.com Rims financing

            Android is pretty good, my friend love it. 

          • Anonymous

            You’re right, it’s much more annoying.

        • Anonymous

          Don’t let successful troll be successful.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly right, people act like maniacs when it comes to this stuff.

    • Anonymous

      The “fandroids” make just as many excuses.  Don’t pretend one side is worse than the other. 

      • EC8CH

        if they troll *pple sites then they’re just as bad.

        • http://www.larinx.com Larinx VB

          fandroids troll apple sites, articles about apple on the internet, and accuse anyone who doesn’t agree with them of being a troll.  Its not just as bad.  It’s far worse.

          • hatethanet

            I have to say that whenever I’m on an Engadget thread about the iPhone or iOS, I see a lot more Android fanboys hating/trolling than I see Apple fanboys on Android-related stories. In any case, fanboys on both sides are all losers imo.

        • Anonymous

          Hey! Can you grow up with all this “*pple” bullshit? It is so annoying and serves no importance just a lack of maturity.

          Unless Apple is as formidable to the DL community as, Lord Voldemort was to the wizarding community in Harry Potter.

          • EC8CH

            …says the guy who like comments on *ngadget such as:

            “Android is Junk… Plain and Simple

            Trolololololo

    • Anonymous

      That is precisely why I do not like fappleboys… it is better than everything “just because it is”. I do not really care about apple, I love Android. I wouldn’t bash apple if they didn’t constantly remind us all that they are “better”, even when no one is asking, and being “better” is a matter of opinion! Fappleboys are ever increasing on DL and as a result I read these damn posts less and less. It is the reason I stopped viewing Engadget. I want biased news!! It is called DROID-LIFE after all. So sound off trolls or not, not would be nice.

  • Gottheguds112

    Haha, dead on. Maybe they meant number shipped to consumer’s houses… :/

  • http://twitter.com/TheTechChat TheTechChat

    I don’t doubt that Samsung has sold most of those… Its performance in smartphones isn’t anything like its performance in tablets (and I’ll bet even that’s improved since the original Galaxy Tab).

  • Madcow06

    “Apple actually sold 17.1 million iPhones while Samsung – who doesn’t
    report on numbers shipped – has reportedly shipped 20 million.”

    who doesn’t report on numbers sold?

    • Anonymous

      Shady people imo

      • EC8CH

        who doesn’t report on numbers *sold*

    • Mctypething

      who doesn’t proof-read their blog posts before posting them?

  • Anonymous

    Apple still leads in number of lawsuits filed though. :-)

    • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

      Not with Samsung. Apple filed against them in the U.S. Samsung filed against Apple abroad.

      • Anonymous

        You are joking right?  Apple is attempting to halt sales of several Samsung products in various markets throughout the world.

      • Dsf3

        Read more kid.  Apple has outstanding suits against Samsung in Australia, South Korea, France, UK, and Netherlands.  That’s just off the top of my head too…there are probably more.

        • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa
          • EC8CH

            You do realize that all those suits were filed in reaction to *pple sueing samsung in all those countries.

            *pple and Microsoft are clearly the major aggressors in the mobile patent wars.

          • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

            Do you have any proof of that? Everything that I’ve read indicates that Samsung’s international counter-suits were in response to Apple’s lawsuit in America.

          • EC8CH

            *pple is blocking Samsung products in Germany and Australia, as well as attempting to in many other countries as well.  All of Samsung lawsuits have been filed in response.

          • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa
          • EC8CH

            You do understand that the article you just posted lists *pple as suing Samsung first?

          • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

            Absolutely. Apple sued first in the U.S., Samsung counter-sued abroad. The assumption has been that Apple has been starting litigation in every country, but that is not true.

          • EC8CH

            It’s true that in response to *pple’s initial suit filed in California (*pple home) Samsung started legal action in Korea (their home) and multiple countries abroad, but that doesn’t change the fact that *pple started this patent war with Samsung.

            What I think is most ridiculous is that *pple is using a design patent of a generic tablet to keep Samsung products from market.  If that absurdly general design patent is allowed to stand the patent system is in more desperate need of repair than I ever imagined.

          • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

            Right. I never suggested that Apple didn’t start it. Look at what I posted.

            I’m not a lawyer so I’ll defer to This is my next’s coverage of the patent litigation and the need for reform.

          • EC8CH

            No… your correct :-)

            The only thing I couldn’t find is when *pple started their case against Samsung that led to the German court blocking the sale of the Galaxy Tab.

          • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa
  • Jarred Sutherland

    Samsung needs to keep those shareholders happy.