Apple's iPhone 7 dubbed as world's best-selling smartphone in Q1

Alain Brian
Mai 19, 2017

In a recent report, research firm Strategy Analytics revealed the iPhone 7 took the crown as the world's best-selling smartphone model in the first quarter of 2017 with 21.5 million units shipped globally. The handset is, however, physically attractive after modelling itself on the iPhone - a feature that may be alluring for aspirational consumers in the Chinese market, where Apple has luxury brand cachet. It turned out to be surprising news to many when Oppo surpassed Samsung and managed to secure this third position.

If asked "what was the best selling Android smartphone in Q1 2017", many would think of Samsung's smartphones, but they would be wrong.

On the second place by sales was the iPhone 7 Plus a share of 4.9% (17.4 million) and closed the three of leaders of the Oppo R9s with 2.5% of the market.

Strategy Analytics' data showed that the Apple iPhone 7 was the bestselling phone of 2017 in the first quarter, though there was a slight year-over-year drop in sales. It was also the world's third most popular smartphone model after Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which together shipped almost 40 million units during the three-month period.

"The iPhone 7 is by far the world's most popular smartphone model, due to a compelling blend of user-friendly design, extensive supporting apps, and widespread retail availability for the device".

While OPPO is largely unknown in the Western world, it's brand is quite popular in China and rising rapidly across India, which explains the results. Samsung's mid-range Galaxy J3 and J5 came fourth and fifth in the ranking with an estimated 6.1 million and 5 million shipments respectively.

OPPO launched its R9s and R9s Plus smartphones at an event in China in October 2016.

Apple iPhone 5S has emerged as the top premium smartphone in seven states while other versions of iOS-driven devices occupy the top five premium spots in non-metro states, a report said on Wednesday. Please turn phone sideways to see the entire chart.

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