According to a recent report by Omdia’s 4Q21 smartphone model market tracker, Samsung’s Galaxy A12 surpassed Apple in the list of 10 most shipped smartphones last year. Apple has far fewer models than its competitors, which has consistently ranked first, second and highest.
Since Samsung‘s Galaxy A12 was first released in Q4 2020, and the quarterly shipments have completely exceeded 10 million units since 2021, except in the second quarter, when Samsung has been forced to stop due to the re-spread of COVID-19 in India and Vietnam.
Samsung’s Galaxy A12 surpassed Apple in most shipped smartphone
On an annual basis, it recorded a total of 51.8 million units in 2021. It is Samsung’s first model to cross 50 million in a single year with a single model and is number one in terms of shipments among the 1,000 smartphone models shipped worldwide.
As competition with Chinese companies strengthens, Samsung has been strengthening its mid-and low-end lineups, and from 2019, the lower-end J series was integrated with the A-series. Also, Samsung is continuously expanding its A-series models to adopt multi-cameras and add features that are loved by consumers.
Where Apple ranked second to fourth, in the iPhone 12, 13 and 11 shipped a total of 41.7, 34.9, and 33.6 million units, respectively. These are the common models in the series where iPhones are cheaper than Pro and Pro Max.
And the Fifth-ranked model is Xiaomi’s Redmi 9A. Xiaomi shipped a total of 26.8M Redmi 9A units and the average selling price of the model was $78 per year. However, Samsung’s Galaxy A02 ranks last in the top 10.
In the top 10, Apple has a total of seven models, Samsung two and Xiaomi one model. Compared to last year, Apple has added two more models, while Samsung has two lower models. Like last year, Xiaomi put a model in the top 10, but the ranking has risen from 9th last year to 5th this year.
Samsung Teams Up with Tech Titans for Arm’s IPO Amid Valuation Shuffle
A new report reveals that Samsung will participate as an anchor investor for Arm’s upcoming IPO after taking a conservative approach to the matter due to a perceived overvaluation and regulatory risk.
Samsung opted to make an investment in the chip designer, joining a slew of other industry players including Apple, Nvidia and Intel. Amazon, which was earlier rumored to be participating in the IPO, decided to step out.
It’s worth mentioning that the strategic investors have agreed to invest between $25 million and $100 million each. The specific amount for each company hasn’t been disclosed yet.
This means the offering price will come in between $47 and $51 per share. It makes Arm’s valuation between $50 billion and $55 billion, down from the initial estimation of $64 billion.
Arm’s IPO on Nasdaq, which is expected in September, is considered to be the biggest IPO deal of the year. The company controls a majority of the world’s application processor market, designing and licensing basic blueprints for chips.
Samsung vs Apple: The Epic Battle for Smartphone Supremacy in 2023
Market research firm TrendForce published the latest report on their analysis. The agency disclosed that after global smartphone production dropped by nearly 20% year-on-year in the first quarter, production continued to decline by about 6.6% in the second quarter, to 270 million units.
In particular, the global smartphone production in the first half of 2023 was 520 million units, a 13.3% decline compared to the same period last year. Both individual quarters and the first half of the year in total set a ten-year low.
TrendForce analysts pointed out that there are three reasons for the sluggish production performance:
- First, the lifting of epidemic prevention restrictions did not drive demand as expected;
- Secondly, the demographic dividend effect of the emerging Indian market has not effectively exerted its advantages;
- Thirdly, in 2022, brands will be deeply affected by excessive channel inventory. It was originally expected that as inventory is reduced, brands will return to production levels.
However, now affected by economic weakness, people’s consumption willingness is more conservative, resulting in poor production performance in the first half of the year. expected.
Second Quarter Market
In the second quarter, Samsung still topped the list, with Q2 output reaching 53.9 million units, a decrease of 12.4% from the previous quarter. The same period coincided with the replacement of old and new Apple models, with output of 42 million units, a decrease of 21.2% from the previous quarter.
Adding to this, the most obvious change in the smartphone market was Transsion (including TECNO, Infinix, and itel). Transsion surpassed vivo and entered fifth place in the world for the first time. Its output increased by more than 70% month-on-month to 25.1 million units.
In addition to Samsung and Apple, Xiaomi (including Xiaomi, Redmi, and POCO) produced approximately 35 million units in the second quarter, an increase of 32.1% from the previous quarter.
OPPO (realme, and OnePlus included) produced about 33.6 million units in the second quarter, an increase of 25.4% from the previous quarter. Q3 is expected to have a growth rate of about 10-15%, closely following Xiaomi.
Samsung gears up to dominate the booming GDDR market amid global gaming surge
Samsung and SK Hynix are strengthening their foray into the GDDR (Graphic Double Data Rate (GDDR) market amid the global gaming surge. The companies appear to be preparing to lead the GDDR market while gaining technological advantage in next-generation products.
Recently, IGI (Industry Growth Insights) published its new report citing that the GDDR market will grow from $3.2 billion in 2018 to $4.8 billion in 2030 with an average annual growth rate of 7.6%. It’s predicted that high-performance GDDR like GDDR6 will record a double-digit growth rate every year.
Samsung x GDDR
In July, Samsung Electronics developed GDDR7, the industry’s most advanced product, for the first time, and supplied samples to Nvidia for verification for next-generation system installation. SK Hynix also plans to complete GDDR7 development within this year.
On the other hand, Micron plans to introduce GDDR7 in the first half of next year, a step later. In this situation, Nvidia, the world’s largest customer in the GPU market, is known to preferentially review Samsung Electronics’ products instead of Micron’s next-generation products.