Nearly eight in 10 smartphones sold in Japan last month was Apple's iPhone, according to figures by market researcher Kantar on Sunday. The iPhone accounted for 76 percent of smartphone sales there in October.
It also accounted for 61 percent of smartphone sales for Japan's largest mobile carrier NTT DoCoMO, which controls 45 percent in the Japanese smartphone market.
While demand is rising for iPhones in the island country, Samsung is suffering from slow sales there. According to Strategy Analytics, the Korean tech titan's share of the smartphone market fell to below 10 percent in the third quarter.