Samsung's Galaxy S III has proven to be a formidable foe
against Apple's (NASDAQ:
) iPhone 4S. During the third quarter, the South Korean-made
smartphone sold more units than any other cellular device.
, a global analysis and forecasting firm, the Galaxy S III moved
an impressive 18 million units during the third quarter. This is
a significant increase over the second quarter, at which time the
Samsung-made smartphone sold just 5.4 million units.
"The Galaxy S III 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," Strategy
Analytics wrote in its report. "A large touch screen design,
extensive distribution across dozens of countries, and generous
operator subsidies have been among the main causes of the Galaxy
S III's success."
Samsung recently announced that it had sold
Galaxy S III units worldwide, making it the company's most
successful smartphone to date. The South Korean-based
manufacturer is expected to release a follow-up, presumably
titled the Galaxy S IV, in February.
) iSuppli recently
and found that the Galaxy S III's display is actually superior to
the popular Retina Display contained in the iPhone 5.
"As the first product with in-cell touch, the iPhone 5
represents a major achievement, improving the image quality and
reducing the thickness of the smartphone compared to previous
models," said Vinita Jakhanwal, director for Small & Medium
Displays at IHS. "And although the iPhone 5 still trails the
Galaxy S III in the display specs race, the iPhone 5 overall
remains thinner than the Galaxy S III, and its display color
gamut is more than sufficient for most users."
In addition to the millions of Galaxy S III units that were
sold, Samsung also announced that the Galaxy Note II had moved
three million units worldwide
While Apple was defeated during the quarter (possibly because
some consumers were waiting for the iPhone 5 to be released), the
iPhone maker still managed to sell an impressive 16.2 million
iPhone 4S units. This was in addition to the six million iPhone 5
units that Apple sold at the end of the quarter.
Overall, more than 167 million smartphones were sold globally.
When combined with standard cellular phone sales (including
pay-as-you-go models), cellular device shipments could top 400
million quarterly and reach a 12-month total of
1.5 billion units
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