Samsung to widen smartphone gap with Apple this year
SEOUL (REUTERS) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is expected to widen its lead over Apple Inc in global smartphone sales this year with 35 per cent growth, helped by a broad product lineup, market researcher Strategy Analytics told Reuters on Friday.
Apple, returning the offensive, could roll out a smaller, cheaper "iPhone Mini" next year to grab market share by targeting demand from users of lower-end smartphones, Strategy Analytics said.
"We expect Samsung to slightly extend its lead over Apple this year because of its larger multitier product portfolio," Mr Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics, said in an e-mail interview with Reuters.
Global smartphone shipments will jump 27 per cent to 875 million shipments this year, slowing from last year's torrid 41 per cent pace as growth eased in many key markets such as North America, China, the developed economies of Asia, and Western Europe, Mawston said.