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UK chart sees iPhone 5 topple Galaxy S3 for first time

Apple's iPhone 5 outcharted the Samsung Galaxy S3 after the launch of the S4. Credit: ABACA

The iPhone 5 became Britain's most popular smartphone in March, six months after it went on sale in September, an online comparison website said today.

Apple's success comes as the Samsung Galaxy S3 dropped to third place while fans of the South Korean company wait for the latest model to hit the shelves, according to uSwitch.com.

The S3 had been the UK's number one handset for 10 months but lost its top spot after the S4 handset was unveiled on March 14.

But the popular Galaxy range still dominates the chart, with four places in the top 10, according to the uSwitch.com Mobile Tracker, which is based on searches, pre-orders and sales through the website.

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New Galaxy handset could 'disrupt mobile market'

While Samsung has refused to give anything away in terms of what customers can expect from their mystery offering, experts believe the highly-anticipated S4 handset could seriously disrupt the mobile phone market.

Among its predicted features are a five inch screen, wireless charging capability and a 13-megapixel camera which would be able to take 360 degree pictures.

Some rumours suggest the device - dubbed Samsung's next big challenge to Apple - could include new eye-tracking technology that follows the user's gaze, automatically scrolling through pages as they are read to reveal more text.

Greg Isbister, CEO of mobile advertising firm BlisMedia, said:

If the rumours are to be believed the launch of Samsung's Galaxy S4 has the ability to disrupt the mobile market.

It would be great to see further progress made by Samsung on connecting its devices.

The brand has a huge footprint in our lives - from washing machines and fridges in the kitchen to TVs in the living room, to phones in our pockets. It is already starting to join the dots by using mobile as the connecting device... This is hopefully a stepping point to more connectivity.

– Greg Isbister
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