According to Strategy Analytics’ latest research from their Handset Country Share Tracker (CST) service, Apple’s iPhone 5 became the world’s best-selling smartphone model in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Apple’s iPhone 5 smartphone model shipped an estimated 27.4 million units worldwide during the fourth quarter of 2012. The iPhone 5 captured an impressive 13% share of all smartphones shipped globally. In addition to the iPhone 5, Apple shipped an estimated 17.4 million iPhone 4S units for 8% smartphone share globally in Q4 2012.

Apple’s iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S are currently the world’s two most popular smartphone models.

Apple’s iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S together accounted for 1 in 5 of all smartphones shipped worldwide in Q4 2012. Strategy Analytics estimates Samsung’s Galaxy S3 was the world’s third place smartphone model, shipping 15.4 million units globally, for 7% market (unit) share in the fourth quarter of 2012. According to Strategy Analytics, “global demand for the Galaxy S3 appears to have peaked and Samsung will surely be keen to introduce its rumored Galaxy S4 upgrade in the coming weeks.”

Global Smartphone Shipments & Marketshare by Model in Q4 2012
Strategy Analytics: Global Smartphone Shipments & Marketshare by Model in Q4 2012
Notes: Numbers are rounded. Updated total.

Source: Strategy Analytics

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