Apple And Samsung Earn 98% Of The Profits In The Smartphone Market

January 23, 2013 1:20 pm

We always knew that Apple had a disproportionate share of profits in the mobile phone industry – Read ‘Apple: The Smart Smartphone Maker’. For example, Apple shipped only about 6 percent of the industry’s smartphones and tablets in Q2 2012, but captured about 43 percent of the industry’s revenue, and an astonishing 77 percent of the industry’s operating profits. (Source). In that context, what we spotted today was not a surprise – that together, Apple and Samsung now earn 98% of the profits in the smartphone market (Source).

We don’t have to digest this fact – we see Apple and Samsung smartphones everywhere we look – but that is a good number to know when we talk about the smartphone industry. And neither of them was even into making smartphones five years back.

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