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Samsung is still top smartphone producer

Dec 03,2018

Samsung Electronics managed to retain its position as the No. 1 smartphone maker in the world in the third quarter, but it may have a fight on its hands in the fourth quarter as Apple is expected to lower prices and increase production, according to a recent report from TrendForce.

The report said Samsung was the top smartphone vendor in the third quarter with quarterly shipments of 74.5 million units, or almost 20 percent of the market.

“While Samsung grew its sales by releasing its flagship Galaxy Note 9 ahead of schedule, the device was not a significant upgrade from last year’s Note 8 and made limited contribution to the brand’s total volume in Q3,” said the report.

The Galaxy J series, on the other hand, was still instrumental in sustaining the brand’s overall production, the report noted. Samsung has also been promoting the Galaxy A devices, emphasizing their improved cost-to-performance ratios and cameras since the beginning of the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter, however, iPhone production is estimated to reach around 76 million units, which would see it surpass Huawei and compete with Samsung for the top position, the report noted. Samsung’s volume in the last quarter is estimated to reach around 75 million units, in line with the company’s target for the period.

Huawei was the world’s second largest smartphone producer in the third quarter, beating Apple for the second consecutive quarter. The firm’s production volume stood at a new high of 55.5 million units. iPhone production for the third quarter totaled 47.1 million units.

“Huawei’s in-house research and development capabilities and extensive product lines across all market segments have benefitted its expansions in overseas markets during the recent years,” the report said.

BY SEO JI-EUN [seo.jieun@joongang.co.kr]