Apple iPhone 5 now the world’s best-selling smartphone, Samsung Galaxy S III slips to third place

As of Q4 2012, Apple’s iPhone 5 is the best-selling smartphone in the world – according to Strategy Analytics.

The research firm has it that Apple shipped a total of 27.4 million iPhone 5s across the globe during the quarter, accounting for 12.6 % of the smartphone market share. At the same time, the Cupertino company has sold 17.4 million iPhone 4S units (8.0% market share).

Because Samsung only sold 15.4 million Galaxy S III handsets in Q4 2012, Apple has earned the first and second places in the smartphone race.

Things were quite different in Q3 2012 – the Galaxy S III was the best selling smartphone (18.0 million units), followed by the iPhone 4S (16.2 million units). Only 6 million iPhone 5s were sold in Q3 2012, but that’s because the handset was launched at the end of the quarter.

The decline in Galaxy S III shouldn’t be surprising. After all, we’re talking about a smartphone that’s almost one year old now. Sure enough, the iPhone 4S is also an older device, but it became cheaper when the iPhone 5 came out.

Apple iPhone 5 iPhone 4S Samsung Galaxy S III sales Q4 2012

Samsung should announce its next-generation flagship smartphone – the Galaxy S4 – next month, on March 14. Apple will obviously not unveil its new iPhone 6 (or whatever it’s going to be called) that soon, but it might do it as early as June. We’ll let you know what (and when) happens anyway.

Via Strategy Analytics

Author: Florin

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    Samsung will catch up to Apple with the Galaxy S4 release this summer. Galaxy S3 took a big bite out of the ‘Apple’ (get it). But this summer the competition is going to really hit up