Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Apple nets $46.33 billion revenue, Samsung gets $42 billion in Q4 2011

Tech earning season is in and we are looking at some incredible numbers out there. For Apple's Q4 2011 results, the official press release noted that the company "posted record quarterly revenue of $46.33 billion and record quarterly net profit of $13.06 billion". Of course, this was given the fact that the launch of the Apple 4S with its updated 1GHz dual-core processor, 8-megapixel camera and Siri voice interface, had helped to boost the  sales numbers tremendously. In addition, Engadget reported that Apple shipped 15.4 million iPads in the quarter, as well as just over 37 million iPhones - a 128% increase over the same quarter last year. Engadget also noted that Apple is back into the number one slot, ahead of Samsung which sold a stunning 35 million units this last quarter.

Talking about Samsung, they are doing pretty well too, with their Samsung Galaxy S2 i9100GT selling like hotcakes for the past months and also the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy Nexus have given Samsung a last push towards the end of the year, and most likely this will continue into 2012. Engadget posted that Samsung "pulled in 47.3 trillion won ($42 billion) in sales, thanks in no small part to the over 300 million phones Sammy sold last year. While mobile accounted for roughly 40 percent of company sales and half of its operating profit (2.6 trillion won, or $2.3 billion), its semiconductor business did almost as well, raking in 2.3 trillion won ($2 billion) in profit over the same period." Notably, the Samsung TV's have been selling pretty well also, and it is now generally long been acknowledged that Samsung has taken over Sony's former top spot in the TV industry.

On the other end of the scale, on Yahoo via Reuters, Motorola has lost $80 million in the very same quarter, in what could be the last quarterly report it sends out before Google completes its acquisition and takeover of the company. CNet also added that the company shipped 5.3 million smartphones and 200,000 tablets in the period, and that the results show that beyond Samsung, which has virtually smothered the market with its Galaxy line of smartphones, the other handset vendors have struggled.

And then there is Nokia. Whatever has happened to Nokia? It has been struggling to break back into the high-end smartphone market even with the late launch of its WP7 phones (the Nokia Lumia 800 and 710 series). Nokia has lost a staggering $1.4 billion in Q4 2011. Reuters also mentioned that Nokia revenue had dropped a huge 73% last quarter compared to a year ago. We even have had analysts putting out memorable quotes like this : "Nokia gives Microsoft a chance to enter the big stage. If they cannot make it work, arguably this is the end of the road," this from Canalys analyst Pete Cunningham.

So this year, in 2012, we can look forward to the continued rivalry between Apple and Samsung, with the multi-billion battle between the Apple and Android camps going into the next round with the long-awaited arrival of the Apple iPhone 5 and the all-but-certain Galaxy S2 successor, the Samsung Galaxy S3. Rumors are swirling thick and fast, with talk of either 2GHZ dual-core or quad-core processors, faster graphics chips, and insane screen resolutions of 2560x1600. Nokia will have their work cut out for them trying to even compete on the same playing field. They have barely made it there with their Nokia Lumia 800 series, and they will have to continue to innovate and move product in a big way, if Nokia-Microsoft is to be even considered a viable third player in the white-hot mobile market


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