Samsung Sold Most Phones, Smartphones During Q3

Samsung outsold both Apple and Nokia to sell the most mobile phones and smartphones during third quarter of 2012.

According to technology research firm Gartner, the South Korean conglomerate sold 98 million phones in Q3, subsequently gaining a 22.9 percent market share.

Samsung also sold the most smartphones during the quarter, spearheaded by the Galaxy S3, which recently surpassed the 30 million units sold milestone. The company sold an accumulative of 55 million smartphone units, while Apple sold 23.6 million iPhones. The Galaxy S3 itself was the top selling smartphone in the world in Q3.

Nokie outsold Apple, however, by boasting 82 million sales. In the smartphone market, though, the financially troubled company sold just 7.2 million devices.

About 16.2 million iPhone 4S units were shipped during the period, which is down from 19.4 million when compared to the second quarter. The handset's share of worldwide sales, meanwhile, dropped from 12.7 percent to 9.7 percent. As for the device's successor, the iPhone 5, Apple's latest smartphone shipped 6 million units, giving it a 3.6 percent share.

Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics, stressed that while the Galaxy S3 has proven to be successful with consumers, operators in North America, Europe and Asia, and of course Samsung who generated record profits thanks to the device, its dominance will be threatened by the iPhone 5.

"The Apple iPhone 5 has gotten off to a solid start already,” he said. "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."


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  • Darkk
    Add me in as happy Samsung Galaxy Note II customer.
  • wemakeourfuture
    Now if they can only support their phones for at least 3 years that would be great for the customers. No sense saving $50-$100 on a phone and then its dead from an update point of view after 1.5 years and/or you have to wait 4-8 months after a major OS update to get it.
  • cornandbeans
    TBH I don't like Samsung at all, but I bought S3 just because it has the best performance and other phones just can't keep up. I flashed CM10 once I bought it so I don't give a *** about how the stock ROM sucks.