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Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.

Samsung Eating Apple’s Tablet Lunch

One hopes that the Apple guys are still getting enough to eat for lunch – because Samsung is doing its best to pinch it.

Samsung is doing to Apple in tablets what it did to them in smartphones – screwing them.

 

According to analysts IDC, Samsung’s Q4 2012 market share in tablets was 15% and Apple’s was 44%.

 

In Q4 2011, Samsung’s share was 7.3% and Apple’s was 53%.

 

Samsung shipped 7.9m tablets in Q4 and Apple shipped 22.9m. In all, 52m tablets were sold in the quarter, says IDC.

 

The tablet market is mirroring the smartphone market. In 2011, Apple and Samsung were level-pegging in shipments but, in 2012, Samsung shipped 220 million smartphones and Apple shipped 130 million smartphones, say analysts Future Horizons.

Tags: eating apple, future horizons, lunch, market share, tablet market

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11 Comments

  1. SecretEuroPatentAgentMan
    March 01, 2013 12:49

    Following up my comments on thermal IR camera, I see a Kickstarter is funded for this.
    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/andyrawson/ir-blue-thermal-imaging-smartphone-accessory

  2. SecretEuroPatentAgentMan
    February 06, 2013 21:31

    It says something about rate of progress when this could easily be presented as state of the art even today. And today we certainly have the technology to make it reality.
    Show it off with a model in a futuristic outfit and most would still be impressed.
    Back in the day when I was a researcher I often wondered why tech working well in the lab took so long time to make it to the market. I still wonder.

  3. David Manners
    February 05, 2013 07:37

    Crikey SEPAM, 2003!! That was well ahead of the game. Ahead of its time even. Mote should kick themselves for not doing that.

  4. SecretEuroPatentAgentMan
    February 05, 2013 06:25

    Funnily, this now 10 year old concept by Frog Design for Motorola never made it:
    http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=9
    Inspired by Neal Stephenson?

  5. David Manners
    February 04, 2013 21:24

    Indeed Mr C, we don’t want that sticky PC price for 30 odd years to be repeated in the phone industry – another reason for avoiding Intel inside handsets.

  6. Mr Cynical
    February 04, 2013 09:01

    Gentlemen, we need more for less, the current phones have been pretty static in capability whilst the price has remained too high.

  7. Anonymous
    February 02, 2013 22:37

    Xenon Flash. My last two phones (Sony K800 and Sony Satio) have had so why has it been dropped on the latest phones ?

  8. SecretEuroPatentAgentMan
    February 01, 2013 18:36

    (part 2 – had to split it up)
    In addition to your points I’d like to suggest IR camera (near IR and thermal). The first part would be trivially simple.

  9. SecretEuroPatentAgentMan
    February 01, 2013 18:35

    I have always been sceptical about devices described as sexy with the notable exceptions of SR-71 Blackbird and Lamborghini Countach.
    (still trouble with the spam filter..)

  10. David Manners
    February 01, 2013 15:32

    Well I was wondering what the next big thing in mobiles could be, SEPAM, and thought: Could it be that people are getting fed up with sexiness as the criterion for desirability and simply want good, reliable engineering, superior RF and crystal-clear audio? If so – Nokia could be back on top again.

  11. SecretEuroPatentAgentMan
    February 01, 2013 15:22

    Funnily the pressure is now on Samsung. The Galaxy S3 is top of the line, how to top that?
    I have the S3 won’t need upgrade for quite some time.