September 5, 2012
Samsung’s Galaxy S III Takes The Top Spot In Smartphone Sales
Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
Samsung may have lost their US court battle against Apple, but according to Canaccord Genuity, their new, flagship smartphone has finally dethroned the iPhone 4S as the bestselling smartphone in the US. Until this point, the iPhone 4S has remained at the top of the heap since its introduction almost a year ago last October. Not a bad run for a phone many critics immediately panned for not looking different enough from the iPhone 4.
Michael Walkley, analyst with Canaccord Genuity, sent a letter to investors on Tuesday declaring Samsung the new victor - for now. Walkley also said he expects the Galaxy S III´s lead to be short lived, considering Apple is planning to release their hotly anticipated iPhone 5 next week.
After performing some checks with his sources at AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and other US carriers, Walkley was able to confirm what other analysts and sources have been saying for months: Sales of the iPhone have slowed down as many wait for the next generation iPhone, which is expected to feature a 4-inch display, thinner screen and body, and more than likely boast a faster processor and better camera. All of these improvements will be wrapped up in a brand new design - perhaps the iPhone 5´s most killer feature – as buyers will finally be able to distinguish themselves as on the cutting edge of technology, rather than carrying a phone which is identical to a 2-year old phone.
As these customers decided to wait for the next iPhone, Android fans have been able to send the Galaxy S III to the lead position. The latest Samsung phone has taken top honors at three out of four American carriers: Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. While Samsung´s smartphone has taken the lead of these three carriers, Walkley says customers are still buying up the iPhone 4S at AT&T, where the Apple phone remains in the lead position.
Verizon customers were more likely to choose an Android device over the iPhone, as both the Galaxy S III and the Motorola Razr Maxx sold more units than the iPhone. At Sprint, the 4S took second place behind the Galaxy phone, while Apple has yet to get in bed with T-Mobile.
“We believe this is the first month since the iPhone 4S launched in October 2011 that it was not the top selling smartphone in the US market,” wrote Walkley in his note to investors.
“However, our checks indicated strong consumer interest and likely demand for the iPhone 5, and we believe Apple will return to strong number one smartphone share in the US post the iPhone 5 launch.”
Walkley also said the overall state of the smartphone industry looks to fare well in September, saying, “Sales are tracking in line with our expectations for modestly improved sequential global sales growth.”
With every bit of sunshine for Apple and Samsung, some rain must fall of RIM and “the others.”
While Apple did lag behind in the standings, neither Nokia nor RIM was able to benefit from these missed sales. In fact, Canaccord´s carrier checks found "weaker sales for the Nokia Lumia 900 at AT&T" and even “minimal” sales of BlackBerry devices at each American carrier.
In Europe, Walkley did find that the Samsung phone was able to take some sales away from Nokia and RIM. HTC also suffered a black eye in this report, as Walkley notes that carriers all over the world showed “disappointing” HTC One sales.
Apple issued press invites to their next press event on September 12th yesterday. It´s almost certain they will at least announce a new iPhone on this day. Nokia, on the other hand, will announce new Lumia phones on Wednesday, though these phones won´t be available for sale until Windows Phone 8 is released in October.