The Samsung Galaxy S3 has become the world’s highest selling smartphone, out performing the high-profile Apple iPhone 4S in the process, latest figures compiled by research firm Strategy Analytics have revealed.
Outselling Apple’s leading handset for the first time, the Samsung Galaxy S3 was the world’s highest selling device during the year’s third quarter, shifting an impressive 18 million units to the 16.2 million iPhone 4S handsets sold during the same period.
Taking the global title after months of playing second fiddle to the dominant iPhone 4S, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has claimed the world crown just days after it was revealed that the Android powered smartphone had outsold the iPhone 5 to become the UK’s most popular smartphone for October.
Although the Samsung Galaxy S3 sales figures are hugely impressive, the Korean company’s seeming victory over Apple’s formerly dominant smartphone offering is not as straight forward as it might first look. With iPhone 4S sales down as consumers waited for the iPhone 5 launch, the eventual September 21st iPhone 5 release date gave Apple just 10 days of Q3 trading, plagued with stock shortages, to notch up the impressive iPhone 5 sales figures that were unable to match those of the Galaxy S3.
Stating that the Samsung Galaxy S3 “has proven wildly popular with consumers and operators,” Strategy Analytics analyst Neil Mawston has suggest that he “expects the new iPhone 5 to out-ship Samsung’s Galaxy S3 in the coming fourth quarter.” He added: “Apple should soon reclaim the title of the world’s most popular smartphone model.”
The two standout performers of the increasingly crowded smartphone market, the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 are a physical extension of the ongoing battle not only between iOS and Android but between the two manufacturing companies, Apple and Samsung.
With the Samsung Galaxy S3 launching earlier in the year, the iPhone 5 has had to play catch up with Apple’s latest generation smartphone touching down in September with its first total redesign in two years, adopting a brushed aluminium body and a new 4-inch form factor.
Whilst the iPhone 5 plays host to its latest A6 chip, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 CPU, backing this up with 1GB of RAM. Comparable devices in parts, the Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5 both boast 8-megapixel rear-mounted cameras with secondary snappers featuring up front to allow for video calling capabilities.
Which of the two market leading handsets do you prefer, the sleek and stylish Apple iPhone 5 or the Android packing Samsung Galaxy S3? Let us know via the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook feeds or through the comments boxes below.
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