Samsung Galaxy S III Overtakes iPhone 4S To Become World’s Best-Selling Smartphone

Samsung Galaxy S III Overtakes iPhone 4S To Become World’s Best-Selling Smartphone

The iPhone 4S loses its crown to its biggest enemy.

The Samsung Galaxy S III, this year’s hottest Android handset, has overtaken the iPhone 4S to become the world’s best-selling smartphone. One in every nine smartphones sold during the third-quarter of 2012 were Galaxy S IIIs, helping Samsung ship an estimated 18 million units during the three-month period.Samsung Galaxy S III Overtakes iPhone 4S To Become World’s Best-Selling Smartphone

In comparison, the iPhone 4S shipped 16.2 million units. That’s not too far off, and it’s even more impressive when you consider that fans were anticipating the impending launch of the iPhone 5 — which had a detrimental impact on sales of Apple’s previous-generation iPhones.

In terms of popularity, the Galaxy S III claimed a 10.7% share of the global smartphone market, while the iPhone 4S claimed just 9.7%.

How long the Galaxy S III will hold onto its crown remains to be seen. The iPhone 5 became the fastest-selling iPhone when it launched back in September, and Apple’s manufacturing partner, Foxconn, has revealed that it’s struggling to keep up with demand of the device.

As things stand, the iPhone 5 is still facing a 3-4 week shipping delay at the Apple online store, though it can be obtained through Apple retail stores and third-party resellers much quicker than that.

Apple latest smartphone may reclaim its predecessor’s title later on, then, but for now, Samsung has the most successful smartphone ever released.

  • FriarNurgle

    Wow, one old phone is outselling another old phone. Amazing. Wonder how last year’s Toyota Corolla is doing vs last year’s Honda Civic.

    *pardon my sarcasm, I have a head cold and think the meds are making me act like a bit of a dick.

  • MrBilly

    Once again… Does “Shipping” mean “Sold”? I can walk into pretty much any carrier and buy an Galaxy SIII. No so with the iPhone. Apple sells ‘em as fast as they make ‘em. They could sell more if they could keep up.

    Not to take anything away from Samsung’s success with their flagship devices, but I’m so tired of seeing comparisons between shipping units to sold units…You’re talking about two entirely different things.

  • hurtle24

    Wow, that Samsung phone is gargantuan

  • CharilaosMulder

    And thus it’s proven that society chooses quantity over quality.

  • MrsCleaver

    Hmmm. The headline is misleading. Buried in the article is one reference to Q3, which is where the Samsung outshone the iP5 in sales. Q4 will most likely be a different story.

    And I couldn’t agree more with FriarNurgle. This is not news. It just gets people stirred up and worried, at best.

  • Stuka_UK

    This comparative review is worth reading, for the comments if nothing else.
    http://www.itpro.co.uk/643246/apple-iphone-5-vs-samsung-galaxy-s3-head-to-head-review

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