Samsung Galaxy S III = world's best-selling smartphone of Q3 2012

Samsung Galaxy S III = world's best-selling smartphone of Q3 2012
Well, well, well, it looks like the world has a new best-selling smartphone, at least for the third quarter of the year, and it's not an Apple! Now, that's a surprise... or maybe not?

According to some data by Strategy Analytics, Samsung's Galaxy S III has managed to grab the top spot by selling the whooping 18 million units during the three-month period, which accounts for a smartphone market share of 11%. The second place belongs to Apple, which has moved about 16.2 million units of the iPhone 4S. The success of the GS III is mainly attributed to its large touchscreen, global distribution and generous carrier subsidies, as well as customers holding off purchasing the 4S in anticipation of the iPhone 5.

However, Strategy Analytics believes that things are likely to change in the fourth quarter of the year, as the iPhone 5 has seen a solid start of its sales, and the GS III will probably not sell as much. Nonetheless, having a single phone model being such a competitive rival to the iPhone is very impressive and comes to show that Samsung is definitely on the right track.

source: StrategyAnalytics

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Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)



1. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 553; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Finally,iphone era is started tumbling down.folks are becoming smart in choice......

6. MeoCao unregistered

"as well as customers holding off purchasing the 4S in anticipation of the iPhone 5"!? Well and Apple may come back in Q4 b-c people will hold back from buying in anticipation of SGS4.

9. Aeires unregistered

Apple will come back. Everyone who follows them knows they have one big quarter (release date), one average quarter (Christmas season), and two small quarters for the iPhone. What is impressive for the S3 is how many units they've sold annually, it might be right there with the iPhone5 model in total units sold. Every year it the S series sells more, Samsung has a winner and knows how to bring it. Lawsuits aren't slowing them down either.

16. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Mark this day people of earth for the Apple has been squashed and made into apple pie :) Now a real smartphone has actually taken the top spot and a well-deserved one! And not for nothing but hey why are the numbers of Apple's second place due to iphone 4s...just goes to show what a fail device the iphone 5 is!

27. thelegend6657 unregistered

Samsung dont deserve this . Real manufacturers that deserves to be on top are Sony , HTC and Asus

35. android4president

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

how do you mean? Deserve? I mean Samsung has been the most innovative company for a while now and the fastest bringing updates and features. So I dont really understand your statement


Posts: 82; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

Actually they do Smasung not only make phones they make this too! TV + Video TVs Blu-ray & DVD Players Home Theater Systems Mobile Cell Phones Tablets Galaxy Note Laptops Chrome Devices Media Players Photo Cameras Camcorders SD Cards Computing Laptops All-in-One PCs Tablet PCs Chrome Devices Monitors Printers Memory & Storage Home Appliances Washers & Dryers Refrigerators Microwaves Dishwashers Ranges Vacuums LED Lighting Accessories TV Accessories Cell Phone Accessories Tablet Accessories Printer Toner & Supplies Laptop Accessories Digital Camera Accessories More Accessories That seems like a manufacturer to me

57. thelegend6657 unregistered

I have several Samsung mobile phones and I uses a Samsung as my gaming tv . Just that recently found out that Samsung is not as good as it used to be

61. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

dont tell the isheep that they think all samsung makes are phones lol

42. GeekMovement unregistered

thelegend is an anti-Samsung, so it's natural for her to keep bashing them on every PA article. Just another troll.

55. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

Some of your "comment words" like tablets, TVs, stuff like that go under some catgories Ex: washers and dryers go under home appliances

58. nobelset

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

"she" is a guy. His name obviously proves it, as I'm quite familiar with Asian names :D


Posts: 82; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

Oh One more thing i forgot to add is that UI on the iphones thats Samsung and the components on the iphones thats Samsung and that cool chip that inside of the iphones Thats's Samsung seems like a manufacturer to me! Please research!

45. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

you dont deserve to comment what samsung deserves too

47. letgomyeggroll

Posts: 139; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Sony!!!! Really???? I haven't brought any of Sony's product in a long time. They are just like Apple, but a Japanese version. They had tried so hard to make everything their way for almost a century now. And the only thing that they succeeded is the Blu Ray. And with that they had to share the innovation with others or they wouldn't have gotten that far. They failed with a lot of their products trying to make things standard on their own terms. And Sony don't make their own screens or chips. HTC can go down with Apple, too. Since their new device is so like Apple. The only thing that keeps them apart is Android OS!!! Really built in batteries and you remove SIM cards like the IPhones!!!. ASUS, they need to stick computer components, Thats what they are good for all their other stuff are way over priced and rated. Thats because they dont make them. All I can say is that, Samsung is one of the very few companies that engineers and makes most of its parts from scratch of their own!!!!!!!!!!!!! They deserve it, if every device out their in the world requires some part of Samsung. From micro chips, transistors all the way to their LED and OLMED screens. What is sad for Apple is that, major parts of their device IS made by Samsung. If they stop playing the claim of, "we are the innovation and make of our device" and release their OS to others to build their phone around it, than might be a better company!!! In people need to understand, THAT IS VERY FAULTS CLAIM!!!!!!

50. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

ASUS makes a great tablet :-)


Posts: 23; Member since: Nov 06, 2012

when it comea to design, SONY is the master.

56. bipinm

Posts: 124; Member since: Oct 07, 2012

I dont know about Samsung...But Sony came number 3...Thats what makes me even more happy...

8. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

faith in humanity has been restored!

2. imsickwithphone

Posts: 76; Member since: May 17, 2012

Finally, samsung kick your a**, apple, huahaha

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

and its even sweeter coming from Ray S. ;) .....kiddin'

4. anshul0000 unregistered


5. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Samsung doesn't know what their are doing, they are on the right track just because Samsung Galaxy SIII is culturologically signified as an iPhone opponent, as Apple entered in era of hatred in the last year or so.

7. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

so people do not want to have a smarter and smaller device than PC at all? :)

12. Aeires unregistered

The average consumer doesn't pay any attention to that, they bought the S3 because it's an awesome phone. People like us who comment in tech sites might have bought it for your reason, but we aren't the average user Great phone + great marketing by Samsung = lot of S3 units sold. Galaxy Note II is also selling well for the same reason.

18. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I agree. I'm willing to bet the vast majority of the general public didnt even know lawsuits happened.

34. oister85 unregistered

You're exactly right

37. weinerslav

Posts: 126; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I doubt that, apple is not hated by regular users! I would give you credit if you'd say that the galaxy s line is associated with top of the line technology, even if you think it isn't, that is a thing that people already accepted they don't care about in the iphone, and samsung is snatching the people that care, even if they don't understand the meaning of technologically more advanced, the samsung advertising team made a job well done in that matter, and it seems to me that apple is rushing to catch up...


Posts: 82; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

They do know whath they are dougn obvisously since Apple uses them for everything, the components in the iphones is from samsung that super fast chip in the phone thats samsung, the UI in apple phones thats samsung too! so i think they do know what they doing! get your facts straight

11. champ_vl

Posts: 44; Member since: Aug 31, 2012

YES !! People are finally starting to realize how much they've been ripped off by Apple ! GO Samsung !

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