Samsung Galaxy S3 grabs number one spot

LazyLion

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Samsung’s Galaxy S III steals smartphone crown from iPhone

http://bgr.com/2012/11/08/best-selling-smartphone-2012-q3/

The best-selling smartphone in the world is no longer an iPhone. New data released on Thursday by market research firm Strategy Analytics finds that Samsung’s (005930) Galaxy S III was the world’s top-selling smartphone model in the third quarter this year, displacing Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone for the first time in years. Samsung announced earlier this week that cumulative Galaxy S III channel sales reached the 30 million unit milestone and according to Strategy Analytics, 18 million of those were shipped in Q3 2012. During the same period, Apple shipped an estimated 16.2 million iPhone 4S handsets, slipping into the No.2 spot for the quarter.

“Samsung’s Galaxy S3 smartphone model shipped 18.0 million units worldwide during the third quarter of 2012,” said Strategy Analytics analyst Neil Shah. “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. A large touchscreen design, extensive distribution across dozens of countries, and generous operator subsidies have been among the main causes of the Galaxy S3’s success. Apple shipped an estimated 16.2 million iPhone 4S units worldwide for second place, as consumers temporarily held off purchases in anticipation of a widely expected iPhone 5 upgrade at the end of the quarter.”

Samsung’s time at the top will be short-lived however, as Apple’s iPhone 5 is expected to regain the title to top-selling smartphone in the December quarter. ”Samsung’s Galaxy S3 has proven wildly popular with consumers and operators across North America, Europe and Asia,” Shah’s colleague Neil Mawtson stated. “However, the Galaxy S3’s position as the world’s best-selling smartphone model is likely to be short-lived. 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.”

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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.”


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From what I've read Foxconn has said due to device complexity they cannot manufacture the iPhone 5 as quickly as the demand. This may slow sales and put a dent in this theory.

It's what they say to try and calm non technical investor nerves. The truth is iDevices are not selling well at all.

ipone5 is not that complex, it just takes a lot longer for glue to dry, than using a screw.
 

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It's great that they cracked No1, but it will be a different story at the end of December when the iPhone 5 reclaims their No1 spot.
 

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The iPhone 5 may well beat the S3 when production levels get where it should be but one cannot deny what is happening here ... Samsung is catching up fast and at some point will overtake the iPhone for good (unless Apple comes up with something ultra cool that everyone must have and it catches Samsung off-guard). Why Apple fears Samsung more than any other company and wants the US courts (i.e. jury patriotism) to help them stay on top. Fact is, the buying power will slowly shift East (US = debt).

Unfortunately Samsung is HQ'd in a high risk country that somewhat depends on US goodwill and protection. Who knows what China and North Korea might be up to in the long run? But for now, Samsung is doing very well. My Note 2 has no equals. At some point Apple will be forced to come up with an answer for the Note series. Size does matter ... :D
 

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It's great that they cracked No1, but it will be a different story at the end of December when the iPhone 5 reclaims their No1 spot.

Doubt it'll get to over 30 million units by December ... ?
Unless you mean that perhaps they'll have a better quarter?

I read that the S3 figures had it's record sales just after the iPhone 5 was launched, which showed people waited - were disappointed with the same device again - and went for the S3 then.

However you are right ... there will be people who will buy the iPhone 5 for the logo alone. Lucky the smarter ones have moved away from iOS after seeing how dated it really is. Hopefully iOS 7 can bring back the magic they once had.

EDIT : Ah - I see they prdict close to 50 million http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/analyst-december-iphone-5-sales-to-hit-46.5-million
 
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Yeah because of the momentum built with the s2 and great marketing,I still think the one x is a better phone.

What makes the one x better?
I had one and ito build quality I liked it but even so I thought the s3 was a better phone. The screen on the one x was better though.
 

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I read that the S3 figures had it's record sales just after the iPhone 5 was launched, which showed people waited - were disappointed with the same device again - and went for the S3 then.

That's what I did
No regrets :D
 
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