Samsung, already the No. 2 phone maker worldwide, is reportedly hoping to raise mobile phone shipments by 18 percent in 2011, toward a goal of 330 million units.
Samsung has plans to boost mobile handset shipments by 18 percent in
2011, toward a goal of 330 million units, according to a Dec. 7 report
. The report states
that an unnamed senior executive at Samsung told Electronic Times
Internet of the company's plans. A Samsung official told Reuters that
shipments "would exceed 300 million units," though wouldn't offer more
Currently the second-largest handset maker worldwide, Samsung
shipped 71.4 million units during the third quarter-an increase of 19
percent year on year, and up from 60.2 million units a year earlier.
Pushing past the 70 million-devices mark was a first for the company,
and also notable during the quarter
was its ability to more than double the number of smartphones it
shipped in the previous quarter, thanks to strong sales following the
release of its Android-running Galaxy S smartphone line and the
Bada-based Wave smartphone.
Also helping Samsung to earn some extra brand cred has been the
release of its tablet, the Galaxy Tab, which, all told, will be
available from 140 carriers globally, including all four of the major
U.S. carriers-Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. By Dec.
3, Samsung confirmed to eWEEK that it had already shipped more than 1 million
of the Android-running tablets.
Looking forward to the fourth quarter, Samsung is aiming "to
increase its market share and maintain double-digit operating profit by
meeting seasonal demand with an enhanced product mix of mass market
smartphones, full-touch phones and the Galaxy Tab," the company said in
its third-quarter earnings statement.
An Apple iPhone competitor, the Galaxy S features a 4-inch display
with Super AMOLED touch-technology, a six-axis motion sensor that
relies on an accelerometer and geo-magnetic sensors. Users can pinch,
tap, zoom and swipe vertically and horizontally. It runs a 1GHz
Hummingbird processor, and its Social Hub interface merges messaging,
calendar data and social networking updates into a single stream of
Samsung additionally makes the Epic 4G, the WiMax-friendly phone that Sprint credited with helping it
to post strong wireless subscriber additions during its third quarter, as well as one of its lowest churn rates to date.
In November, Samsung also began shipping the Wave II in France, with
plans to later offer it in Southeast Asia, Latin America, the Middle
East, Africa, India and China. It pairs Bada, Samsung's proprietary OS,
with a 3.7-inch TFT-LCD display, HD video recording capabilities and
QuickType, a software said to enable users to type more quickly and
Ranking ahead of Samsung during the third quarter, phone market
leader Nokia posted less than 2 percent year-on-year growth, with
shipments of 110.4 million units. Behind Samsung in third place, LG
Electronics struggled, shipping 28.4 million units, down from 31.6
million a year earlier. In January, LG had set a goal of shipping 140 million units
in 2010 and, by 2012, of overtaking either Nokia or Samsung to gain a top-two position.
During the third quarter, Samsung Vice President Robert Yi said in
the earnings statement, the company faced a "challenging business
environment," due to lowered demands for PCs and televisions, as well
as the global economic slowdown.
"Despite this," said Yi, "we achieved strong revenue growth and
profitability, which was built upon our cost competitiveness in memory
semiconductors and increased sales of cutting-edge products such as our