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.

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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.

Top Rated Comments

chagla Avatar
107 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:
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gmanist1000 Avatar
107 months ago
Wow a new phone beats an old phone? Amazing.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
phpmaven Avatar
107 months ago
No Surprise. It's a great device.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nick_elt Avatar
107 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
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bacaramac Avatar
107 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.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Nathan20 Avatar
107 months ago
SHIPMENTS not sales...
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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