iPhone 5 takes down Galaxy S3

News Stacy Warden 08:14, Feb 20 2013

Apple's iPhone 5 takes Samsung's title of world's best selling smartphone in Q4 2012

Apple proved that it still has what it takes to make its mobile devices rise to the top. The company's coveted iPhone 5 just stole Samsung's Galaxy S3 title of world's best-selling smartphone model for the first time ever in Q4 2012, according to new research from Strategy Analytics Handset Country Share Tracker service. The report notes that Apple's "rich touchscreen, extensive distribution and generous operator subsidies have propelled the iPhone 5 to the top spot."

From the report:

"Apple’s iPhone 5 smartphone model shipped an estimated 27.4 million units worldwide during the fourth quarter of 2012. The iPhone 5 captured an impressive 13 percent share of all smartphones shipped globally and it has become the world’s best-selling smartphone model for the first time ever ... In addition to the iPhone 5, Apple shipped an estimated 17.4 million iPhone 4S units for 8 percent smartphone share globally in Q4 2012. Apple’s iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S are currently the world’s two most popular smartphone models."

Together, the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 accounted for one in five of all smartphones shipped worldwide during the fourth quarter of 2012. And what about Samsung's Galaxy S3? According to the estimates, it took third place for the world's best selling smartphone model, shipping roughly 15.4 million units globally. The Galaxy S3 took seven percent share in Q4 2012, perhaps proving that demand for the Android-based handset has reached its peak. 

Both Samsung and Apple are expected to reveal new smartphones sometime this year, but both companies have yet to announce anything official. Rumor has it that the Cupertino, Calif. smartphone maker will reveal two handsets, most likely an iPhone 5S and an iPhone 6 -- possibly even a "phablet" to compete with the likes of Samsung's Galaxy Note and Note 2. Meanwhile, Samsung is expected to launch a Galaxy S4, alongside a smaller Galaxy S4 mini.

[Strategy Analytics]

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