An Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy Note on display in Tokyo. (Photo : Reuters)
The Apple and Samsung war continues on but it's the South Korean company that emerges as winner of one battle as their Galaxy S3 officially sold more devices than the iPhone 4S.
The iPhone 4S was first released in Oct. 2011 and became the top selling smartphone but in an August report, it showed the Galaxy S3 ahead.
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One reason the Samsung smartphone gained advantage is because it is available to the top four mobile carriers in the US: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. The iPhone 4S is not available on T-Mobile.
Another reason for the Galaxy S3's success is the anticipation of the iPhone 5. The rumored new iPhone is scheduled to debut this month and perhaps customers are saving up money ahead of its release. The problem however is the iPhone 5 is still planned to be sold without T-Mobile.
An interesting note is the iPhone 4S was the third most-selling device for Verizon, below Motorola's RAZR MAXX.
Price is also a factor as all four major US carriers sell the Galaxy S3 between $200 and $330, while the iPhone 4S ranging between $200 and $400.
The findings were released by Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley, who monitors with phone sales with the retailers.
The win for Samsung will likely push Apple's efforts to ban some Samsung products following the verdict of their patent infringement trial in San Jose, California. According to Eastern Morning Herald, Apple has added four additional Samsung products they want to see banned in the US, and those include the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note. Up to 21 other Samsung products have made Apple's wish-list of banned products.