By Jonathan Davies

Samsung has reclaimed its title as the world's biggest smartphone manufacturer after it sold more handsets than Apple in the first quarter.

The Korean tech giant sold 83.2m smartphones in the first three months of the year, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. It compares with 61.2m iPhones sold by Apple during the quarter.

Despite regaining its mantle as the world's biggest smartphone manufacturer, Samsung took a hit on its profits - 39% in fact - as the battle with Apple over larger handsets continued.

Samsung's smartphone division posted a profit of 2.74 trillion won (£1.6bn), down 58% on the same period last year.

Slowing profits in its mobile division saw the company's overall profit drop from 7.49 trillion won to 4.63 trillion won.

Apple last year launched the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, both of which had much larger screens than typically used on previous handsets. Samsung was known for its above-five inch screens, but the latest iPhones ate into that market.

“Galaxy S6 sales have been going as well as expected, while demand for the Galaxy S6 edge have been better than anticipated,” Samsung Vice President Park Jin-young said during a conference call.