NEW DELHI: Apple iPhone 4S has beaten Samsung Galaxy S III, which was launched over six months later, in worldwide sales in the fourth quarter of last year. According to a report by research Strategy Analytics, iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S took the top two spots in sales list, while Galaxy S III grabbed the third place.
iPhone 4S, which was launched in October 2011, sold 17.4 million units, whereas Galaxy S III, rolled out in May 2012, clocked 15.4 million. While the former took 8% of the market share in the period, the latter accounted for 7.1%. In the last quarter of 2012, iPhone 5 clocked 27.4 million in worldwide sales or 12.6% of the market. The smartphone, which hit the stores in September, sold 6 million units in the third quarter. The three smartphones together took up 27.7% of the market, as compared to 23.3% in the preceding quarter.
According to Strategy Analytics, all others smartphones notched up 156.8 million in sales volume during the same period, as compared to 132.6 million units in the July to September quarter. Smartphone sales rose across the world to 217 million units in the October to December period, as compared to 172.8 million in the previous quarter.
Recently, it was reported that Apple’s iPhone has become the second largest smartphone brand in India in terms of revenue and the fifth largest by volume. According to IDC data, Samsung, which is still the leader in the smartphones segment with a hefty lead, reported an almost 12% fall in smartphone profits and shipments in the fourth quarter compared to the preceding quarter.