When the Samsung Galaxy S5 was launched earlier this year there was chatter that the company wasn’t pleased with the response its flagship smartphone had received in the market. But according to new data published by Strategy Analytics, Samsung’s 2014 flagship aided the company in selling more LTE capable smartphones than its arch rival Apple. The smartphone enabled Samsung to take over the spot of the largest LTE smartphone vendor in the world from Apple.
Data published by Strategy Analytics shows that Samsung sold 28.6 million LTE capable smartphones in Q2, 2014 which runs from April through June. This translates into a 32.2 percent share of the global LTE smartphone market.
In Q1 Apple had 40.5 percent of the entire market but it fell to 31.9 percent in Q2, 2014 partly due to the launch of the Galaxy S5 and largely because many customers held off on purchasing a new iPhone since the iPhone 6 is just around the corner.
Apple doesn’t sell a “cheap” iPhone but Samsung’s product lineup is filled with competitively priced smartphones that also feature LTE, look no further than the $300 Galaxy Core Lite. This also works in favor of the Korean company which has now crowned itself as the world’s largest LTE smartphone vendor. Though in this particular quarter Galaxy S5 sales played a vital role in pushing it to the top.
Behind the two behemoths comes LG in third place which accounts for 5.2 percent of the global LTE market in Q2, 2014.