Korean OEM steams ahead of its US rival with fresh support from Galaxy S III.
New data from Juniper shows that Samsung has shot off into the smartphone shipping horizon, distributing 52.1 million units in Q2, more than doubling Apple's 26 million iPhones.
However, it should be noted that Samsung has a veritable army of smartphones on the market, which only continues to grow. Comparably, Apple has only released five iPhones, and it's the newest models that buyers are clamouring over.
That said, the Korean firm's lead is still impressive, and its Galaxy S III supported its growth by selling more than ten million units in under two months.
Meanwhile, RIM shipped just 7.4 million smartphones in Q2, trailing Nokia which hit 10.2 million as it waits to see whether the switch from Symbian to Windows Phone will pay off, while HTC reached 11.6 million.
Daniel Ashdown, research analyst, Juniper Research, said: "Sony should be doing better: it, like Samsung, has a global name and the Xperia brand is well-established but its marketing and products have been disappointing so far."