Move over, iPhone. Samsung’s Galaxy S3 smartphone beat Apple’s iPhone 4S in third-quarter shipments, according to Strategy Analytics. The question is, will the S3 stay on top?
Samsung shipped an estimated 18 million Galaxy S3s during the July-to-September period, while iPhone shipped about 16.2 million of its 4S models, according to Strategy Analytics. Neither Samsung nor Apple have verified the numbers. Apple’s iPhone brand had been No. 1 for two years.
Wall Street analyst Neil Mawston think’s Samsung’s No. 1 position will be short-lived. “Samsung’s Galaxy S3 has proven wildly popular with consumers and operators across North America, Europe and Asia,” Mawston told The Wall Street Journal, but he added that Apple will probably be back on top in the current fourth quarter, especially as the holiday shopping season kicks into high gear.
The Journal also points out several caveats with the Strategy Analytics’ report. First, the 4S was introduced toward the end of the third quarter. Secondly, Apple also shipped 6 million of its iPhone 5 model, so the total number of iPhones shipped is more than 20 million. Also, “shipped” doesn’t exactly mean “sold.”
Which phone are you putting in someone’s – or your own – stocking?