I can "state figures" too. Ready? ... Samsung sold nine smartphones last year - nine - just nine - that's it. Now, is it a fact because I stated it?
Uh-huh. You know all those "hundreds of articles" is actually just a handful that get reposted over and over. And the handful of source pieces are guesstimates announcements by analysts who have zero actual factual information on units sold.http://www.samsung.com/us/aboutsamsu...erence_eng.pdfhttp://www.samsung.com/us/aboutsamsu...news_seq=20096
Straight from the horses' mouth. Nowhere in the releases do they actually mention how many smartphones they sold
. Hell, they don't even mention shipped
number. They just lump all their global sales of Android, Bada (of which there were at least 6 million) and Windows phones (I have no idea how many shipped) units into one pile and call them "smartphone units shipped". Then the only thing Samsung actually says is that the number of "shipped" units was up by "approximately 30%" over Q3 2011 - hence the analysts assuming
it was 36-ish million. Of course that assumption was based on the 27.8 million units from Q3, although they never actually officially said that (so it can be denied if it becomes a liability issue) and it can only be attributed to a single tweet
from a South African office, so it's hardly evidence.
So, you could quote a bunch of "analysts" who know even less than you about the facts, or you could quote Samsung, which goes out of it's way to avoid
stating actual numbers of sold units.
And I love this, it's somewhat of a tangent, it's about Galaxy Tab "sales", but it shows their M.O. The article contains quotes from Samsung about how they quoted units shipped, not sold. It's the same tack they take with the "smartphone sales ... erm ... units shipped". In a nutshell, they ship lots of units, but they don't sell many (at least not enough that they'd admit it
Lee Young-hee, Samsung:
"Well, your question was on sell-in and sell-out. As you heard, our sell-in was quite aggressive and this first quarterly result was quite, you know, fourth-quarter unit [figure] was around two million. Then, in terms of sell-out, we also believe it was quite small. We believe, as the introduction of new device, it was required to have consumers invest in the device. So therefore, even though sell-out wasn’t as fast as we expected, we still believe sell-out was quite OK.”
Lol, the number of units they sold was "quite OK" ... although not so 'OK' they they were willing to actually say what the number was. :P