Samsung is expected to rack up stellar second-quarter smartphone sales, leading analysts forecast, beating its nearest rival Apple by a considerable margin.
Number crunchers – 41 of them – quizzed by Reuters have revealed that the South Korean electronics maker will shift a staggering 50 million smartphones in Q2 compared to Apple’s 30.5 million iPhones, thanks largely to the recent launch of the Galaxy S3 which is projected to rack up some 19 million sales by September.
"Samsung is expected to be the smartphone hero in the second quarter," said IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo.
"We are also expecting to see the biggest smartphone volumes ever shipped from one single vendor in one quarter, driven by strong demand of the Galaxy portfolio, particularly the Galaxy S2 and S3.”
The Galaxy range's strong showing has already helped Samsung post a record quarter profit of £3.8 billion from April to June – an increase of 79 per cent from the year-ago period.
Mounting anticipation for the iPhone 5 is also extending the gap between the two companies, as consumers hold off on buying the 4S amid rumours that Apple’s next handset could land as early as next month.
Meanwhile, Samsung extended its lead over Nokia with the most overall of mobile devices – including feature phones – selling 15.7 million more handsets than the beleaguered Finnish giant.