Samsung Grabs Top Spot In Smartphone War

  • Samsung shipped 24.9 million smartphones
  • iPhone 4S sales suggest improvement for Apple
  • HTC doubles shipments to 13.2 million

Data from mobile analyst firm Juniper Research shows that Samsung has taken the lead over Apple during Q3 with 22 percent of 115 million smartphones shipped were from the Korean giant, compared with Apple’s 15 percent.

While Apple continues to find success with its iPhone range, its main rival is finding success with handsets at a range of price points. Flagship model, the Galaxy S II has continued the success of the first generation device, while new smartphones including Galaxy Note (5.3-inch display) are poised to shake-up the market, claims Juniper.

However, with Apple’s iPhone 4S selling 4 million in the first three days, Samsung will have to pull-out all the stops to keep the US-based company from re-taking top spot.

Other venders, such as Taiwan-based HTC, has doubled its shipments year-on-year in Q3 to 13.2 million overtaking Blackberry-maker RIM (11.9 million, down 8 percent y-o-y). Meanwhile, Nokia’s shipments improved, after two successive declines. And with the Finnish company’s first Windows Phone 7 handset coming out, things may be looking up for Nokia. In Q3 the company shipped 16.8 million smartphones, up slightly from the 16.7 million in Q2.