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Samsung Plans to Ship Over 500 Million Phones in 2013
By Michael Low & Sidney Wong - on 27 Dec 2012, 10:37am

Samsung Plans to Ship Over 500 Million Phones in 2013

 The Samsung GALAXY S III is one of the most popular smartphones this year

Being the biggest name in the mobile industry is not enough for Samsung as the Korean company plans to hit a record number of shipments in 2013. 

According to The Korea Times, Samsung aims to ship 510 million phones next year, which is a 20% increase from the estimated 420 million devices it is expected to ship by the end of 2012. Sources within Samsung and its supplier claimed that about 288 million phones were shipped in the first nine months of 2012, and the last three months are likely to see a huge increase in shipments thanks to the festive season.

The Korea Times - "Of the 510 million handsets it plans to sell, 390 million are slated as smartphones and 120 million, feature and budget phones,’’ according to an executive from one of Samsung’s key suppliers.

Samsung's success in the mobile industry is no doubt driven by the huge popularity of its Android flagship devices, the GALAXY S III and GALAXY Note II, which have sold more than 30 million and 5 million units respectively by November. The Korea Times also reported that Samsung is planning to release several Windows Phone 8 devices and Tizen-powered products.

2013 looks set to be another blockbuster year for Samsung as it is expected to showcase its technological innovations and prowess at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show 2013 (CES 2013) and Mobile World Congress 2013 (MWC 2013). They include 5.5-inch flexible displays with 720p resolution, a 4.99-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, an alleged 6.3-inch GALAXY Note III and the rumored 5-inch GALAXY S IV device.

Source: The Korea Times via Android Community