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Samsung Galaxy S III Estimated to Top iPhone 4S in 3Q 2012 Worldwide Shipments

Research firm Strategy Analytics today released a report estimating that Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone overtook the iPhone 4S for the top spot in global shipments.
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.

Apple observers will of course be quick to note that the iPhone 4S saw waning sales during the third quarter leading into and following the launch of the iPhone 5, while the Galaxy S III is still riding relatively high as Samsung's flagship Android device since its launch in May of this year. Strategy Analytics also estimates that Samsung's position at the top will be short-lived, with the iPhone 5 expected to take back the crown for the current quarter.
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.
Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley had previously reported that the Galaxy S III overtook the iPhone 4S in sales at major U.S. carriers back in August.

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24 months ago

SHIPMENTS not sales...


right because retailers seem to love stockpiling units of unsold S3 on their shelves.

it's probably a strange fetish. :rolleyes:
Rating: 29 Votes
24 months ago
Wow a new phone beats an old phone? Amazing.
Rating: 19 Votes
24 months ago

The numbers I find interesting are the GS3's Q2 shipments vs. the iP5's Q3 numbers....

The GS3 was on the market for about 1 month (May 29 - June 30) of Q2 and sold/shipped 5.4 million units.

The iP5 was on the market for just over 1 week (September 21 - September 30) of Q3 and sold/shipped 6.0 million units.


considering the competition in the android market, they are truely remarkable numbers which ever way you look at it
Rating: 16 Votes
24 months ago
No Surprise. It's a great device.
Rating: 16 Votes
24 months ago
SHIPMENTS not sales...
Rating: 15 Votes
24 months ago
I don't care how many they ship/sell. As long as Apple keeps making products I love, I'll continue to buy.
Rating: 15 Votes
24 months ago

I am one of those that bought the S3 for my wife. She threw it in my face, and said what a piece of cr@p.

So I got her a iphone 5 and she is happy again.

It was a interesting experience to try the android flagship and it isn't that great, compared to the iphone /iOS experience.


If she threw it in your face then she has no respect for you. But then again, your whole story is probably made up.
Rating: 11 Votes
24 months ago
If you're going to count the iPhone 4s and 5 as the flagship phone sales, then you must count the Galaxy Note II as well. Before the iPhone 5s comes out, Samsung will have sold several million of Galaxy S4 in the 2nd quarter of 2013.
Rating: 11 Votes
24 months ago

So...
But if you add the iPhone 5 + the 4s, you get higher sales.

So the iPhone shipments are still higher.
Basically all this shows is that people stopped buying the 4s after the 5 was announced.

Not very interesting at all.

But if you add the Note II sales to the GSIII sales you get higher sales.

:)
Rating: 10 Votes
24 months ago
Credit where credit is due. The Samsung Galaxy S3 and it's advertising clearly offer something consumers want.

As much as I love iOS, it's in need of aesthetic revamp, because currently its a little flat. iOS 5 at least brought Siri to the table. iOS 6 has brought Maps (to public derision) and lost YouTube (to public derision) and has passbook which is just about useless anywhere in the world other than the 3 stores in the USA using it.

I much prefer the iPhone 5 over my HTC one X, but that doesn't mean I can't see that iOS is in good need of a robust update / overhaul.
Rating: 10 Votes

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