The latest numbers from Strategy Analytics reveal that Samsung had the top smartphone in Q3 2012 by selling 18 million Galaxy S III handsets over 16.2 million iPhone 4S units. Samsung has emerged as the de facto Android smartphone partner in most parts of the world, largely thanks to the success of the Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note and other successful handset lineups it carries.
The Galaxy S III accounted for 11 percent of all smartphones shipped during the quarter, a number that should have Samsung quite pleased. At the same time, it’s important to note that iPhone 4S sales were cannibalized by the launch of the iPhone 5 in the third quarter, which accumulated an estimated 6 million sales on its own on top of whatever record-breaking sales Apple reports after the fourth quarter holiday shopping season. The press release is posted after the jump.
Samsung Galaxy S3 Overtakes Apple iPhone 4S to Become World’s Best-Selling Smartphone Model in Q3 2012
November 8, 2012 09:22
According to new research from our Country Share Tracker (CST) service, Samsung’s Galaxy S3 overtook Apple’s iPhone 4S to become the world’s best-selling smartphone model for the first time ever in the third quarter of 2012. A large touchscreen, extensive distribution and generous operator subsidies have propelled the Galaxy S3 to the top spot.
Samsung’s Galaxy S3 smartphone model shipped 18.0 million units worldwide during the third quarter of 2012. The Galaxy S3 captured an impressive 11 percent share of all smartphones shipped globally and it has become the world’s best-selling smartphone model for the first time ever. A large touchscreen design, extensive distribution across dozens of countries, and generous operator subsidies have been among the main causes of the Galaxy S3′s success.
Apple shipped an estimated 16.2 million iPhone 4S units worldwide for second place, as consumers temporarily held off purchases in anticipation of a widely expected iPhone 5 upgrade at the end of the quarter.
Samsung’s Galaxy S3 has proven wildly popular with consumers and operators across North America, Europe and Asia. However, the Galaxy S3′s position as the world’s best-selling smartphone model is likely to be short-lived. The Apple iPhone 5 has gotten off to a solid start already with an estimated 6.0 million units shipped globally during Q3 2012. We expect the new iPhone 5 to out-ship Samsung’s Galaxy S3 in the coming fourth quarter of 2012 and Apple should soon reclaim the title of the world’s most popular smartphone model.