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World’s Most Popular Smartphones: iPhone 5 and iPhone 4s

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In a data revealed by Strategy Analytics, Apple’s iPhone 5 was the best-selling smartphone in the world during the last quarter of 2012. It was followed by iPhone 4S, making it more popular than Samsung Galaxy S III.

Apple’s iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S Garner 21% of Smartphone Market

Strategy Analytics revealed Apple has shipped 27.4 million iPhone 5 units during 2012’s holiday quarter. That represents a 13-percent share of all smartphones shipped globally. It was followed by iPhone 4S, which has seen 17.4 million units shipped or about 8 percent during the last quarter of 2012.

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As stated by the company’s Senior Analyst Neil Shah, the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S are the world’s most popular smartphones as of the moment, occupying 21 percent of all smartphone market shares. This share doesn’t include the iPhone 4, which Apple offers on a service contract for free.

Apple Smartphones Taking Over Galaxy S III

Falling behind iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S is the Samsung Galaxy S III. It was estimated that the South Korean tech company was able to ship 15.4 million units during the last quarter of 2012, which makes up a 7-percent share of the market. According to Strategy Analytics’ Executive Director, Neil Mawston:

Samsung’s Galaxy S III has long proven wildly popular with consumers and operators across North America, Europe and Asia. However, global demand for the Galaxy S III appears to have peaked and Samsung will surely be keen to introduce its rumored Galaxy S4 upgrade in the coming weeks to fight back against Apple’s popular iPhone range.

It was almost expected that the iPhone 5 would outsell Samsung Galaxy S III. However, Strategy Analytics’ data suggest that Apple’s latest smartphone and the price cut of the iPhone 4S to $99 gave its sales a significant boost to beat out the Samsung Galaxy S III.

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