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Samsung Galaxy S3 Tops iPhone as World’s Best Selling Smartphone

Posted by rbeagle | Posted in Consumer Electronics | Posted on 08-11-2012

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Samsung’s Galaxy S III has overtaken Apple’s iPhone as the world’s most popular smartphone for the third quarter of 2012, according to Strategy Analytics.

Running a larger display, burst-shooting camera, S voice, and the highly customizable Android operating system are among the features that have propelled the S3 to the top sales for Q3.

The Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone is currently on top of the global smartphone market, holding 10.7 percent of the share. However, the iPhone 4S was a close second place with 9.7 percent of the market after being on top for two years. Furthermore the iPhone 5 held 3.6 percent of the global share after being released in September, the end of the quarter.

Samsung’s Galaxy S3 is selling at a much faster rate than the previous S2, which sold 3 million handsets in just 37 days.

Apple shipped 6 million iPhone 5 handsets during the third quarter, and sold 5 million in the first week alone. With the third quarter ending on September 30, iPhone 5 sales didn’t have enough time to outsell the Galaxy S3.

With that being said, the Galaxy S3’s position as world’s best-selling smartphone is likely to be short-lived and is expected to be out-shipped by the iPhone 5 in the coming fourth quarter of 2012.

Still, Research Firm IDC ranks Samsung, the South Korean firm, as the world’s top smartphone seller in the last three quarters. In the latest quarter, July-September, Samsung sold 56.3 million smartphones over Apple’s 26.9 million.

Sources: MarketWatch, CNET

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