iPhone 5 is World’s Best-Selling Smartphone, Takes Back Crown From Samsung Galaxy S3


If you thought that the iPhone 5 won’t be a hit as it looked like a longer and thinner version of the iPhone 4S then you will be surprised by these numbers.

A new report from Strategy Analytics says that Apple’s iPhone 5 was the best selling smartphone in Q4 2012. It has comfortably overtaken Samsung’s Galaxy S3, which had unseated iPhone 4S in Q2 2012 to take the best selling smartphone crown.

In fact, according to the report, Apple shipped more iPhone 4S units than the Galaxy S3.

Apple shipped a whopping 27.4 million iPhone 5 units in Q4 2012, grabbing 12.6% of the market share. Apple also shipped 17.4 million iPhone 4S units (8% market share), where as Samsung shipped 15.4 million units of Galaxy S3 (7.1% market share) globally in the fourth quarter.

A rich touchscreen design, extensive distribution across dozens of countries, and generous operator subsidies have been among the main causes of the iPhone 5’s success. In addition to the iPhone 5, Apple shipped an estimated 17.4 million iPhone 4S units for 8 percent smartphone share globally in Q4 2012. Apple’s iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S are currently the world’s two most popular smartphone models.

Samsung is widely expected to launch Galaxy S4, the next generation Galaxy S smartphone on March 14, so I won’t be surprised if it becomes the best-selling smartphone in Q2 2013 or Q3 2013, unless Apple surprises us by launching the next generation iPhone this summer.


I’m not surprised with the success of the iPhone 5, but it’s quite remarkable to see that Apple has managed to sell more units of the iPhone 4S, which was introduced in 2011.

Via: Strategy Analytics

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  • D4

    Makes me wonder… they wasnt doing so well before jailbreak and now the 5 is super popular… that must increase sales, and also knowing that apple has not yet patched the io6 JB means people still will buy to JB, i can see sales dropping again once they have patched it.. shame really.

    • http://SaephanServices.com/ Kao

      The jailbreak community is small relative to their entire customer base. These figures are before jailbreaks were available for the iphone 5. Personally, I’ve stopped jailbreaking since the 4s.

    • kk305

      These are figures for Q3 2012, before they jailbreak for the iPhone 5 came out.

  • hton

    Is anyone else getting super excited for iOS 7? I heard there is a developer build out right now. It is being called Honeycomb. I can’t wait :D

    • http://rounak.me/ Rounak Jain

      are you sure you’re not referring to android 3.0 :P

    • Pacomacman

      I’m a developer and I haven’t heard anything about iOS7 yet! Someone is pulling your leg or your telling porkies :)

  • laurnzo

    Keep in mind that samsung S3 sales may have dropped due to the anticipated S4 which is speculated to be released sometime in May or so. I do own an S3 which i got for a very very very good deal without having to renew my contract. Initially, i was going in for the S3 before the rumor about the S4 emerged so i decided to wait. Most of my co workers come to me for phone purchase advise and now, they are all waiting for the S4 release. I’m sure there are others skipping the S3 for the S4. Just my thoughts.

    On the side note, I have 2 lines so i use the S3 and iPhone 4s at the same time. The Samsung S3 blows the iPhone 4s. Enough said!

    • http://www.facebook.com/dong.nhon.1 Dong Nhon

      For me, I kept SS3 as a back up phone and I use my IP4 before switching to iphone 5. I regretted to buy SS3. I will try SS4 because I want to see how people raise SS but I have been got bored after using for a while.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thuong.ho.775 Po Wah

    Um…Galaxy s3 has been out for almost a year now of course sales would go down. Please do another model and compare the iphone 5 to the galaxy s4?

    • http://www.facebook.com/eugene.sytnik Eugene Sytnik

      so how about 4s outselling S3? same boat, different result… or rather same (favorable to Apple) result… KO

    • http://www.facebook.com/mohgui Andrew Lee

      it will not be valid too as the S4 would be new and the iPhone 5 would have been out for some time already.

      • http://www.facebook.com/thuong.ho.775 Po Wah

        My point exact

  • q

    If Android only phone was the Galaxy S3 and Apple only phone was the Iphone 5 and were both released on the same day would really settle this argument.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dong.nhon.1 Dong Nhon

      That may not happen due to the marketing strategy.

  • Overlord

    The SGS4 will kick apple in the nuts for sure because Apple don’t make any BIG changes really.For example look at the operating system still closed environment ,you have to download apps for almost everything because the system doesn’t have native support for certain actions which is real pain in the ass!