Apple iPhone 7 tops the list as the most purchased phone globally in the first half of 2017

Apple iPhone 7 tops the list as the most purchased phone globally in the first half of 2017

According to IHS Markit, the Apple iPhone 7 was the best selling smartphone globally during the first half of 2017. The Apple iPhone 7 Plus was next followed by the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Plus. The latter is a low-priced entry level model sporting a 5-inch screen carrying a 540 x 960 resolution. 2015's Apple iPhone 6s was in fourth place with the Samsung Galaxy S8 taking fifth place. The Samsung Galaxy S8+ wound up in sixth place.

Even though the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus snagged the top two spots, the number of units shipped was lower compared to the shipping figures tallied by the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus during the first half last year. While the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 were the most popular phones for the first half of 2015, 2016 and 2017 respectively, market share for each phone declined from 10% to 7% and then 5% this year.

As we pointed out, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ took sixth place this year. That compares to the fourth place ranking of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge for the first half of 2016. IHS said that this might have been the result of the late launch for Sammy's flagship models. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ were released in April this year, a month later than usual. Overall, IHS Markit says that Galaxy S8/S8+ sales failed to surpass the first half total achieved last year by the Galaxy S7/S7 edge.

The top ten smartphones for the first half of 2017 included five Samsung handsets, four Apple devices, and one phone made by Oppo. With Chinese manufacturers selling more models outside of the country, the number of smartphones selling more than 1 million units per month increased to 22 from 17 last year. Samsung had 10 models that shipped more than 1 million units a month, while Apple had four.

source: IHSMarkit

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29 Comments

1. pixel_ftw

Posts: 83; Member since: Jun 19, 2017

Well done and congratulation Apple. "the Samsung Galaxy S8+ took sixth place this year. That compares to the fourth place ranking of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge for the first half of 2016" Yeah, looks like S8/S8+ are not such a hit as told by samsung marketing department. Note 8 will be another flop - even when compared to iPhone 8+. Samsung will be lucky to sale one tenth of the iPhone X number.

2. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

It's a tight race but Apple is still winning. iPhone X will sell in massive numbers that Samsung won't even be able to fathom what just happened....lol S8/S8+ was a fairly radical design change but they couldn't move it as much as they thought. I was also surprised to see S7 Edge was outpacing the S8+ the whole time.

3. pixel_ftw

Posts: 83; Member since: Jun 19, 2017

I remember their ceo saying S8 series was selling better than S7 series. They outright lied to keep their investors and fanboys happy. LOL, now the number is telling the truth. Samsung will make money more money by making parts for iPhone than selling their own phone. Regardless of what samsung/their fanboys say Note 7 really did damage their reputation. Whatever highlight they gained with Note 8, Pixel already stole the highlight from them. LOL. With google getting serious about hardware samsung will find more and more difficult to sell high end hardware.

23. sgodsell

Posts: 6838; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Okay Apple sold 51 million iPhone's in Q1 2017, Samsung sold 79 million smartphones. For Q2 2017 Apple sold 41 million iPhone's, Samsung 80 million in the same time frame. But when you look at those two quarters Android OEMs combined sold 620 million smartphones for the first half of 2017 to Apple's 92 million iPhone's. The only liars here are pixel_ftw and piyath. Samsung sold 160 million to Apple's 92 million for the same first half of 2017. If you want to get nit picky about individual smartphones, then sure Apple's limited selection will sell more in terms of numbers per model, but overall Samsung sells lots of different models, and sold more smartphones, period. It's not like people have a great selection with iPhone models. Sorry they only have a limited choice, period.

29. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Someone is on their, period.

30. sgodsell

Posts: 6838; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

What? Check the sales for this year. What I stated is the truth. Not to mention Samsung makes lots of different models in a year, compared to a few from Apple.

9. treypoundz

Posts: 65; Member since: Sep 05, 2017

Do u really think samsung cares. They r about to make billions off the iphone X. They want it to succeed stupid.

16. Subie

Posts: 2295; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

They'd make even more billions if it was their own flagship selling with those numbers. So yes, I'm sure they care.

19. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 663; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

There is no such thing as Samsung. Samsung Display surely wants iPhone X to succeed. Samsung Mobile surely doesn’t want iPhone X to sell well. The Samsung business unit selling washing machines probably doesn’t really care. We should not forget that “Samsung” consists of many business units that all pursue their own egoistic and legit interests.

4. worldpeace

Posts: 3099; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Source? some random analyst's crystal ball? And btw, Galaxy S8 Named Best Phone At Mobile Choice Consumer Awardshttps://www.androidheadlines.com/2017/10/galaxy-s8-named-best-phone-mobile-choice-consumer-awards.html

5. haruken

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Don't bother. They actually believe that sales > quality.

7. Zylam

Posts: 1807; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

And Android people think market share > quality.

14. whatev

Posts: 2129; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

So accurate

18. TerryD

Posts: 540; Member since: May 09, 2017

Dont forget Market share not equal to profits

20. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 663; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Doesn’t help with the sales.

6. Iodine

Posts: 1471; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Smaller phone rules ! Oh yeah. See how iPhone X changes this.

10. treypoundz

Posts: 65; Member since: Sep 05, 2017

Do u really think samsung cares. They r about to make billions off the iphone X. They want it to succeed stupid

11. treypoundz

Posts: 65; Member since: Sep 05, 2017

Do u really think samsung cares. They r about to make billions off the iphone X. They want it to succeed stupid

12. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Hahahahahahaha....

13. whatev

Posts: 2129; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I’m shocked the best selling Samsung phone is a 5 inch with a terribly low resolution, that must be offensive to its fans but I guess people still love phones with low resolution screens, that will shut some big mouths or at least I expect that to happen

15. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Why be shocked. The best selling Apple phone was the low resolution 4.7 inch iPhone 7. Not much competition for smaller phones these days as relatively fewer models n sales at 5" and smaller.

17. whatev

Posts: 2129; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

But the low resolution of the iPhone is higher than the Samsung’s and the price is like 8X

22. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Had you read past the first paragraph of this typical Apple funded abuse of statistics, you'd noticed that the Galaxy S8 launched on April 21. The first half of a year ends in June. So... Do the maths.

24. whatev

Posts: 2129; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Why is this an apple funded abuse of statistics? It’s true, they are not inventing numbers, and I don’t think an additional month would make the S8 sell better than the iPhones and I don’t think it could have helped surpass the Galaxy grand, you android fans can’t deal with reality and are always making excuses

26. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

The iPhone 7 sold more over a 6 month period than the S8 over a two month period. That is the only thing the numbers tell.

25. whatev

Posts: 2129; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

And I remember a previous report about the iPhone 7 being the best selling smartphone worldwide and it like outsold the other phones on the top ten combined, and the GS7 wasn’t even on the top 5, how do you explain that? Just excuses, that doesn’t help changing reality

27. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Yeah, and I've read another report that says Samsung sells as many phones as all other Android manufactures added together. One taken from reality, using the full statistics and not the typical Apple half-truths with selective stats.

28. whatev

Posts: 2129; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

But even though Samsung sells more phones, the majority of them are low end phones and the sad thing is a huge percentage of that population buying those phones would buy an iPhone if they could, these phones give Samsung low profits per product compared to apple, these reports just show that people are more willing to pay a premium for the iPhone than any other brand, and don’t come with the “apple is the only one with iOS” deflection argument, it’s not valid, high end smartphones are in the same category no matter the platform, the iPhone wouldn’t be the best selling smartphone in the world if people didn’t want it and it wouldn’t be the best selling in the world if people were not loyal to apple, which is a direct consequence of a satisfied client due to an excellent user experience, period

21. mrochester

Posts: 947; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Best phone on market sells most number of units. What a surprise! I can bet you anything that the iPhone X will sell the most number of units when it’s out.

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