US tech giant Apple Inc., was the No. 1 player in the US smartphone market in the July-September period, data showed Wednesday, while its archrival Samsung Electronics Co. approached closer.
According to the data compiled by Strategy Analytics, Apple took up 30.4 percent of the US smartphone market in the third quarter by shipping 12 million units. It was followed by Samsung Electronics, which accounted for 25.1 percent with 9.9 million units.
Apple's share, however, fell from 32.5 percent posted a year earlier. Accordingly, the South Korean tech giant narrowed the gap with Apple in the third quarter on-year from 8.3 percentage points to 5.3 percentage points.
"Demand for the new iPhone 8 portfolio was mixed, while some Apple fans delayed purchases in anticipation of the later introduction of iPhone X," Strategy Analytics said. "Samsung's flagship Galaxy S8 performed relatively well in the high-tier, while its A5 model and others are popular in the mid-tier."
Samsung's smaller South Korean rival LG Electronics Inc. posted a share of 17.2 percent in the July-September period by shipping
6.8 million units, making it the No. 3 player in the US
"LG has expanded its retail presence at major operators this year, like Sprint and AT&T, and this is helping LG to stay one step ahead of ambitious new rivals such as ZTE," it added.
China-based ZTE Corp. posted a share of 11.6 percent in the third quarter at 4.6 million units, up from 9.1 percent a year earlier. (Yonhap)