KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung's flagship Galaxy S3 handset is the world's best selling smartphone, according to the latest report from Strategy Analytics.
According to the research firm's statistics as reported by Reuters, Samsung sold 18 million Galaxy S3 handsets during the third quarter, compared with Iphone 4S sales of 16.2 million. This means that the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the best selling phone in the world right now, and we're guessing that Samsung is feeling pretty pleased about that.
"Samsung's Galaxy S3 has proven wildly popular with consumers and operators across North America, Europe and Asia," said analyst Neil Mawston, adding the new Iphone 5 will likely reclaim the top spot for Apple in the fourth quarter.
That's not all Samsung has got to be chuffed about. A similar report from Strategy Analytics yesterday shows that its last generation flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S2 was the most widely available smartphone during the first half of 2012, with all mobile networks and retail shops offering the handset.
The Galaxy S2 bested the Iphone 4 and Nokia Lumia 820 to be crowned the "most widely-available smartphone", although these and the quad-core HTC One X closely followed behind in the list.
"Samsung pipped Apple to the top spot with the Galaxy S II i9100 (16GB), closely followed by Apple's Iphone 4S 16 GB," the research firm said. "Impressively the Galaxy SII is available from every network operator and retail channel analysed." µ