A report from The NPD Group says Apple’s iPhone 5 was the top selling phone during the fourth quarter of 2012. The hot-selling handset took 43% of all iPhone sales, and grabbed nearly two-thirds of all post-paid smartphone sales above $199.
Samsung’s Galaxy S III was the second most popular smartphone in Q4 2012, while Apple’s iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 also sold well, taking the third and fourth spots on NPD’s list of top-selling mobile phones in the U.S. The SIII’s predecessor, the SII, was the fifth best selling phone during the holiday quarter.
NPD’s data is similar to the earlier report released by Strategy Analytics that ranked Apple as the largest mobile phone vendor in the U.S. during Q4 2012.
Apple and Samsung combined to grab nearly 70% of the smartphone market, leaving Motorola, HTC and LG to pick up the scraps.