The iPhone 5 has emerged as the most popular phone in the world and continues to lead the smartphone sales across the world.
According to new figures released by Strategy Analytics, Apple sold a total of 27.4 million iPhone5 models across the world compared to 15.4 million Samsung Galaxy S3. Even the iPhone 4S is said to have sold more units than the S4 selling about 17.4million units.
The previous quarter had seen Samsung S3 selling more units compared to either of the iPhone models at 18.0 million units. In comparison iPhone 4S had sold 16.2 million units and the iPhone5 had sold 6.0 million units.
The figures does not take into consideration sales of other Samsung models such as the Galaxy S3 mini or the Note 2 tablet.
Samsung had earlier announced that the dip in third quarter sale of its S3 was made by up an estimated sales of around 8 million Galaxy Note II units, pushing overall smartphone shipments to around 63 million, analysts estimate.
Samsung had last month announced that it earned a quarterly profit of $8.3 billion, selling about 500 handsets every minute across the world.
Within the UAE too, Samsung’s mobile division has had impressive performance registering a growth of 340 per cent in terms of turnover in 2012 compared to 2011.