Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. this week outperformed Apple Inc. in smartphone sales in a fourth quarter financial statement.

The company this week said smartphone sales totaled 27.8 million units between July and Sept., a 44 percent increase from the year prior.

By comparison, Apple sold 17.1 million iPhone units in the third quarter, 16 percent lower than the year prior. It cited customers holding back purchases for the next model of the device.

Apple said it sold 4 million units of the iPhone 4S at launch.

Samsung in Oct. said it has sold 10 million Samsung Galaxy S II units worldwide to date.

AT&T Inc., T-Mobile Inc., and Sprint Corp. now carry the device at U.S. retail stores.

In addition, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be the first device to utilize Google Inc.’s new Ice Cream Sandwich Android OS.

Pricing and carrier information is to be determined.

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