Samsung to widen smartphone gap with Apple this year

Samsung is expected to widen its lead over Apple in global smartphone sales this year with 35 per cent growth, helped by a broad product lineup. 

This according to market researcher Strategy Analytics. 

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. 

South Korea's Samsung Electronics is forecast to sell 290 million smartphones this year, up from a projected 215 million in 2012. 

Apple's smartphone sales are projected to reach 180 million this year, up 33 per cent from last year, slightly trailing Samsung's 35 per cent increase.

This will give Samsung a 33 percent share of the 2013 smartphone market, up from last year's estimated 31 percent, while Apple will hold 21 percent, versus last year's 20 percent.