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Here are the top 5 selling smartphones in Q1 2017 (hint: Apple takes the crown)

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Here are the top 5 selling smartphones in Q1 2017 (hint: Apple takes the crown)
Research firm Strategy Analytics today released a report concerning the global smartphone market in the first quarter of 2017 (January - March). 

According to the firm, about 353.3 million smartphones were shipped in Q1 - a 6.1% increase over the first quarter of 2016. The top 5 best selling models include two devices made by Apple, two made by Samsung, and a somewhat surprising arrival - an Oppo smartphone.

As you can see in the table below, the best selling smartphone of Q1 2107 was Apple's iPhone 7, with about 21.5 million units being shipped during the period, followed by the iPhone 7 Plus (17.4 million units).

The third best selling handset (8.9 million units) was the Oppo R9s, a metal-made Android Marshmallow that costs around $400 and offers pretty nice features for that kind of money. In case you're wondering, the Oppo R9s is not officially available in the US, but it's quite popular in markets like China (Oppo's home country) and India.

Two affordable Samsung handsets are completing the top 5: the Galaxy J3 2016 (6.1 million units shipped) and Galaxy J5 2016 (5 million units). Of note here is that Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+ flagships were not available in the first quarter (having been released in April), so we're not exactly surprised to see that there's no high-end Samsung smartphone in this top 5.

The top 5 best selling smartphones will probably look a bit different at the end of the second quarter (June), although we still expect Apple's iPhone 7 series to lead the charts.

Here are the top 5 selling smartphones in Q1 2017 (hint: Apple takes the crown)

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posted on 10 May 2017, 10:06 6

1. AmashAziz (Posts: 1479; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


iPhone is the best. Samdung is trash.

Time to start some flame wars......or be called trash myself XD

posted on 10 May 2017, 10:10 18

3. trojan_horse (Posts: 4928; Member since: 06 May 2016)


And you think starting some flamewars does not make you trash too? Typical trolling technique.

posted on 10 May 2017, 10:19 2

6. AmashAziz (Posts: 1479; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


Someone's on a rampage......Oooooo

posted on 10 May 2017, 10:30 8

10. peace247 (Posts: 495; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)


Haha some 10 year old kid.

posted on 10 May 2017, 10:36 5

15. nikhil23 (Posts: 174; Member since: 07 Dec 2016)


probably more like a 13 year old. A Matured immature kid

posted on 10 May 2017, 10:40

18. AmashAziz (Posts: 1479; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


Hahah!

posted on 10 May 2017, 14:24

58. L0n3n1nja (Posts: 523; Member since: 12 Jul 2016)


I blame white people!

Look at that! Easy to act like an ignorant troll!

posted on 10 May 2017, 10:08 2

2. Ninetysix (Posts: 2671; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


This will change in Q2. Fifth place will be replaced by the Galaxy S8+.

posted on 10 May 2017, 10:39

17. AmashAziz (Posts: 1479; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


Maybe. The Galaxy S8 series is excellent and both of these phones might be the most technologically advanced phones on the planet.

Even more advanced than the iPhone 7 Plus, in certain areas. So it won't be a surprise if they outrun the iPhone 7 series in sales. However, that could be due to many other factors too, which includes people holding off for the iPhone 8.

One thing to notice here is the same can be said for the Galaxy Note 8. That will definitely shake up the smartphone industry (not by an explosion.....sorry!!).

posted on 10 May 2017, 13:28 1

47. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14501; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Acrually since iPhone sales tame drastic drops at Q2. Look for Q1 they sold only 20M of the 7.

The S8 already sold 15~ 20M on pre-order.

posted on 10 May 2017, 20:25 2

73. nctx77 (Posts: 2401; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


That's 21.5 million of the iPhone 7 and 17.4 million of the 7 plus. Keep in mind that these are old phones now. The S8 is new and you conveniently did not mention that those numbers are of the S8 and S8 plus which are brand new releases of 2017.

posted on 10 May 2017, 10:11 6

4. MattPerkins1 (Posts: 58; Member since: 25 Mar 2017)


Of course the best product will sell the most. iPhone outsells flagship Android 9 to 1 (while price of budget android phones keep falling). Most Android users are only Android users cause they either can't afford an iPhone or are too cheap to spend top dollar for a smartphone. This also why calling Android the most popular mobile OS is wrong. Popular people are iPhone users. Basically nerds and geeks are the flagship Android users because they think specs are everything even if benchmarks prove it misleading since the iPhone tends to outperform Android phones with twice the specs. And the rest of the Android users either have budget android or get flagship Android with deep discounts (buy one get one free or $200+ worth of stuff free). See popular people do not go with what nerds, geeks, poor and cheap people have. Calling Android the most popular mobile OS is like saying people prefer being homeless over being rich since there are far more homeless people than rich people. Popular is all about the $500 and up smartphones. iOS makes up 90% of that market.

posted on 10 May 2017, 10:17

5. drahcir02 (Posts: 102; Member since: 03 Mar 2016)


then what?

posted on 10 May 2017, 12:57 2

44. sgodsell (Posts: 4855; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


It's been noted that Android flagships take 14% of the Android market share. With another 26% for the mid range Android smartphones. The low end Android smartphones take the lions share of 60%.

So if you look at last year with 1.27 billion Android smartphones sold globally for 2016 alone. That would mean 177.8 million Android flagships were sold last year alone. With 330 million mid range Android smartphones sold last. The last but certainly not the least was 762 million low end Android smartphones sold for all of 2016.

Now if you take a look at this quarter with a total of 353.3 smartphones sold. Apple sold 50.6 million iPhone's. With Android taking 302.7 million smartphones. That means Apple has 14% globally with Android at 86%. So extrapolating the same percentages. Android flagships took 42 million smartphones this quarter. Mid range Android smartphones sold 78.7 million smartphones. Low end took 181.6 million smartphones.

The thing is Android continues to cannibalize its own market segments. Mid range devices continue to get better all the time and have cannibalize its own flagships. Not to mention this year's flagships usually become next year's mid range Android smartphones.

Also last year was the first year that Apple introduced a mid range device called the iPhone SE a 5 year old design with slightly newer specs. Same tiny sub HD display. For years Apple and their zealots like you mattperkins1 were always telling everyone that Apple only sells flagship devices. Yet here we are with Apple selling the iPhone SE at the top end of the mid range devices. Apple sales would have dropped even more below the 50.6 million iPhone's sold for this quarter or the last few quarters.

posted on 10 May 2017, 13:34

49. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14501; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Dude....any facts tbst dont support Apple fanboys and make thwir ears tickle will fall on death ears..

Every Apple and Samsung article is as jf rhey are the only OEMs in the world.

To bad rhe Note 7 was gone, becase it would have been 3 or 4th easy.

posted on 10 May 2017, 18:33

70. AlikMalix (unregistered)


Where did you get those numbers?

posted on 10 May 2017, 20:30 1

74. nctx77 (Posts: 2401; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Now after all of that, explain to the people how Apple is one company that sells 2 flagships per year and Android is software that can be found on hundreds of phones from gas stations phones to flagships.

posted on 10 May 2017, 10:26 18

8. guests (Posts: 196; Member since: 19 Jun 2016)


what.the.f**k did I just read???

posted on 10 May 2017, 10:29 13

9. jellmoo (Posts: 2035; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Cancer. You read liquid cancer.

posted on 10 May 2017, 10:34

13. kiko007 (Posts: 5383; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)


Technically words aren't liquid... I just ruined the joke, didn't I?

posted on 10 May 2017, 11:10

32. AmashAziz (Posts: 1479; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


No kiko. You should've said it earlier to ruin it. But I still love it!

posted on 10 May 2017, 11:08

31. danny_a2005 (Posts: 268; Member since: 06 Oct 2011)


lol, best comment haha

posted on 10 May 2017, 10:31 14

11. BGChicago (Posts: 56; Member since: 16 Nov 2014)


Hahahaha. Yeah right. I control my entire house (AV, Lights, Doors) with Tasker, with 100% custom interface and functions and distribute APKs to my family members, without knowing anything about Android programming. Give me a call when I can do that on iPhone.

posted on 10 May 2017, 10:41 1

21. toukale (Posts: 105; Member since: 10 Jun 2015)


@bgChicago - Typical defensive answer. The fact of the matter research data and real life has showed an proven that 90% of users do not and will not use their phones for anything but, pics, facebook, snapchats, twiiter a few websites and apps etc... If what you listed were in such high demands, the market would have proven you right.

You talk as if the iPhones can't do those things. iOS is basically macOS minus all those extra stuffs most users don't need. You may not like the limitations Apple puts on iOS, that's a good point to make in why you don't use it, but don't try to put everyone else in the same category, because those numbers tell us there are an awful lot of people who do not see it the same way you do.

posted on 10 May 2017, 11:04 1

28. trojan_horse (Posts: 4928; Member since: 06 May 2016)


"iOS is basically macOS minus all those extra stuffs most users don't need."

Dumbest statement of the day. And minus which extra stuffs most users don't need?

Of course, you don't need the stuffs which Apple says you do not need... Typical iFanaticism.

posted on 10 May 2017, 12:10 2

40. BGChicago (Posts: 56; Member since: 16 Nov 2014)


Of course you can't do things I do with Tasker (in it's public release). Dozens of external plugins, virtually unlimited possibilities. And if you don't know what Tasker is - it took me months, maybe an year to realize it's full potential. See iPhones are for folks that want things to work, Android is for folks that want things to work THEIR way.

And FYI, my favourite OS of all times is BlackBerry10. It's my primary work phone. I use Android for the Taker customization and some media consumption (very low). Also, I think Android prior to 7.0 was all beta - it finally starts looking refined.

posted on 10 May 2017, 12:35 1

41. Leo_MC (Posts: 2675; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Somebody give this dude a call and tell him everything he's taking about is already in iOS.

posted on 10 May 2017, 10:32 5

12. BGChicago (Posts: 56; Member since: 16 Nov 2014)


There is a typo there - popular people should read sheeples.

Just wait for the invention of the wireless charging this fall...

posted on 10 May 2017, 10:40 3

19. nikhil23 (Posts: 174; Member since: 07 Dec 2016)


if you're saying that android users only choose android because they can't afford iphone then you are forgetting that iphone 6 costs around $250. Why don't people buy that ?

Buying $500 thing for $1000 doesn't make you look rich. It makes you look dumb

posted on 10 May 2017, 11:00 2

26. trojan_horse (Posts: 4928; Member since: 06 May 2016)


"Of course the best product will sell the most."

Having the most sales is indicative of a product being the most popular one, not it being the best one. But of course, you lack logic - as usual.

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