The iPhone 5 surpassed Samsung’s Galaxy S3 last quarter as the hottest-selling smartphone worldwide, according to a Strategy Analytics report.
Apple, the manufacturer which is currently getting a bit unpopular among hardcore smartphone users nowadays is seeing its two iPhone models, the iPhone 5 and 4S become the most sold smartphones in the last quarter of 2012. Both the phones captured 12.6 and 8 percent market-shares respectively. That’s more than Samsung’s Galaxy S III flagship which scored 7.1 percent market share in the same quarter.
The firm says that Apple’s iPhone 5 smartphone was shipped to the tune of approximately 27.4 million units worldwide in Q4 2012, rising from 6 million in the third quarter. Overall, the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S accounted for one in five smartphone shipments, and the iPhone 5 alone managed to secure 13 percent of the market.
The sales of the iPhone 5 and 4S were 27.4 and 17.4 million respectively, compared to the 15.4 million of Galaxy S III.
The sales of the Samsung smartphone may have been down due to the ever-increasing rumors surrounding its next flagship which will most-probably be revealed next month. It’s interesting to see that more than a year old iPhone 4S earned a high market-share too, despite being ridiculed in its first few months.
The success can be attributed to the fact that its price has dropped quite much since its launch and also because of it getting the latest iOS 6 update just like its predecessors about time as well.
The success of the iPhone 5 was not any surprise though as 5 million units was the number of iPhone 5s sold by Apple in the launching weekend. It will be interesting too see however, which way this number will go in the coming months with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S IV, among other smartphones.