Apple iPhone X, a costly smartphone, has emerged as the best-selling smartphone, shipping 16 million units capturing 5 percent share during the first quarter of 2018, Strategy Analytics said.
Xiaomi Redmi 5A and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus were the world’s top-selling Android smartphone models.
Global smartphone shipments reached 345 million units in Q1 2018.
“For the second quarter running, the iPhone X remains the world’s most popular smartphone model overall, due to a blend of good design, sophisticated camera, extensive apps, and widespread retail presence for the device,” Juha Winter, senior analyst at Strategy Analytics, said.
Apple has shipped almost 50 million iPhone X units worldwide since commercial launch in November 2017. Apple shipped 12.5 million units of iPhone 8 and 8.3 million units of iPhone 8 Plus, for second and third place.
Apple shipped 5.6 million units of iPhone 7 for fourth place. Apple accounts for four of the world’s six most popular smartphone models.
Xiaomi shipped 5.4 million units of Redmi 5A for fifth place and 2 percent share worldwide in Q1 2018. “Xiaomi has become wildly popular across India and China. Xiaomi is selling a huge volume of smartphones through online channels, with key retail partners including Flipkart and JD,” Linda Sui, director at Strategy Analytics, said.
Samsung has shipped 5.3 million units of Galaxy S9 Plus for sixth place and 2 percent share. Samsung’s new flagships, Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, only started shipping toward the end of the first quarter, but shipments are already off to a very good start, Woody Oh, director at Strategy Analytics, said.
Strategy Analytics said Samsung’s Galaxy S9 Plus will become the best-selling Android smartphone globally in the second quarter of 2018. Strategy Analytics did not mention who will be the top selling smartphone brand in Q2.