Apple had not just one but the top two bestselling smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to a report released Wednesday.
Strategy Analytics estimates that Apple sold 27.4 million units of its iPhone 5 in the quarter, and 17.4 million units of the iPhone 4S. Together that accounted for more than 20% of all smartphones sold globally during that period.
In the previous quarter, Samsung's Galaxy S III was the top-selling smartphone, with 18 million units sold. But GS3 sales dropped to 15.4 million units in the fourth quarter. Apple rolled out the iPhone 5 in September.
Despite the drop, Strategy Analytics said that Samsung could quickly recapture the sales crown with its next flagship Galaxy smartphone, which could be revealed as early as next month.