iPhone X is the top selling smartphone and Samsung is not 2nd

Apple iPhone X emerged as the leading smartphone model with shipments touching 12.7 million units in the first quarter of 2018, IHS Markit said.
Top selling smartphone models Q1 2018
The total number of smartphone shipped was 345.5 million units in Q1 2018.

Apple iPhone 8 ranked second, shipping 8.5 million units.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Plus got third rank, shipping 8.3 million units.

Apple iPhone 8 Plus shipped 8 million units for fourth rank.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is the fifth largest selling smartphone with 7.4 million units in the first quarter of 2018.

“Apple has secured the first and second ranking for the most-shipped smartphone model for many years,” said Jusy Hong, director of consumer devices, for IHS Markit. “The iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 ranked first and second in the first quarter last year.”

Apple and Samsung maintained the same ranking as last year — replacing existing models with the latest models from this year.

Apple shipped 21.2 million combined units of Apple iPhone X and Apple iPhone 8 Plus in Q1 2018 as compared with 35.6 million combined units of iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 in the first quarter of 2017.

“Although Apple’s newest model shipment volume declined, the company announced good earnings in the first quarter, mainly because of price increases in the iPhone 8 series and the super-premium price of the iPhone X,” Hong said.

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 ranked fifth and Galaxy S9 Plus ranked seventh in the quarterly report from IHS Markit.

The most-shipped smartphone model from Samsung is the Galaxy Grand Prime Plus, a low-cost smartphone unveiled in November 2016. This model was the second most-shipped smartphone model in 2017 and it continues to sell well this year.

Delay of new model releases from Huawei, Xiaomi and Vivo is one reason there aren’t any smartphone models from Chinese manufacturers in the top 10 list.