According to MarketWatch, the Samsung Galaxy and Apple’s iPhone are two of leaders when it comes to the mobilephone market and it seems, according to recent data, that there may not be room for a third by the time the iPhone 5 rolls out.
Samsung Galaxy S3 & iPhone 5 to dominate smartphone sales alone this year
Apple and Samsung between them account for around 47% of all sales of handsets during the month of June said Mike Walkley. Left to squabble over the remaining shares of the market are Nokia, RIM and Motorola. Samsung have recently shipped almost twice as many as the 26 million iPhones that Apple sold during that period. The giant has more brands spread out over different price points and Apple customers are now waiting for the iPhone 5, which according to rumours will be revealed this fall.
Walkley figures that Samsung and Apple have captured all of the profits in the industry in that period, while their competitors all lost money. RIM and Nokia are at the moment restructuring and Google has said that Motorola should focus on less devices.
This then leaves HTC in the cross hairs and they have been given a thumbs down for their recent performance when they downgraded stock to what was equivalent to neutral ratings. While the HTC One X was launched with a great deal of promise to do well, trends for sell-through have been somewhat disappointing. Analysts are saying that the HTC are faced with an increased challenge in the short term as both Samsung and Apple have aggressively prices their older flagship handsets and are flooding the market with new products. They are at risk of significant scale disadvantage in comparison to Apple and Samsung; Samsung had a large marketing campaign for their recent Samsung Galaxy S3.
HTC is one of the best positioned second manufacturers but there is lots of uncertainty on them going forward with their economic model as Apple and Samsung are not leaving much room for them to gain decent earnings power. So it may be safe to assume that the best two smartphones of 2011 will be the Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5 in terms of sales.