Counterpoint Research released its list of the top selling smartphones during March, the latest data available. Remaining on top during the month was the Apple iPhone X, with 3.5% of the market. In second place, with 2.3% of global smartphone sales for the 31 days was the Apple iPhone 8 Plus. And for the first time in history, Xiaomi was the proud producer of the top selling Android handset, which for March was the Redmi 5A and its 1.8% share of sales. The latter narrowly beat out the Oppo A83 mid-range model.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ were the 5th and 6th top selling smartphones during March, respectively. Also grabbing 1.6% of sales was the Apple iPhone 7. That model, appropriately the seventh top seller in the month, was followed by its stablemate, the Apple iPhone 8 (1.4% share of sales). The Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro was next, also grabbing 1.4% of the market in the month, followed by the Apple iPhone 6. The golden oldie still managed to capture 1.2% of global smartphone sales in March.Also in a virtual tie were Samsung's 2018 flagship phones. With 1.6% of the market each, the
According to Counterpoint, while the iPhone X remained the leader in the "ultra-premium" segment of the market, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ gave Sammy a shot in the arm in that category. In the premium market ($600 to $800 price level), Samsung doubled its share of sales. Chinese manufacturers such as Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi and Huawei were the winners in the mid and low-end tiers.
The low-end of the smartphone market ($100 to $199 price) picked up thanks to strong performances in that category by Samsung, Huawei sub-brand Honor, and Xiaomi. Those three names made up half the sales in that niche of the global market.