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. (more…)