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Samsung Galaxy S III: ~50 million
During the iPhone 5 and Samsung S III race to the top of the sales charts, Samsung breezed through the 30 million mark in September 2012. Then, Samsung came back to reporters only two months later to say that it had pushed through the 40 million mark. Three months later, the Korean smartphone maker would have likely added another 10 million to that total, making it one of the best selling phones in Western markets during 2012.
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Apple iPhone 4: More than 50 million
Sporting a brand new design, Apple is estimated to have sold more than 50 million iPhone 4 handsets since it was first released in June 2010. With 1.7 million iPhone 4 handsets sold in just three days of availability, sales were boosted by the December holiday quarter. It remains on sale even today, three years later, adding to its continued success.
Nokia N70/N72/N73: ~45 million
One of Nokia's first widely available 'smartphone' for the wider market, the Nokia N-series devices were equipped with Symbian 60 and high-resolution cameras (for the time), making these a niche but popular line-up of devices. In 2009, Nokia was selling more than 400 million devices. During this time, N-series phones churned up a significant minority of this overall figure. In one quarter alone, Nokia sold more than 9 million of these phones, making the N-series range one of the more popular ranges on offer.
Image: CNET Asia (N70); Nokia (N72, N73)