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

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.


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73 Comments

1. AmashAziz

Posts: 2927; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

iPhone is the best. Samdung is trash. Time to start some flame wars......or be called trash myself XD

3. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

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

6. AmashAziz

Posts: 2927; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

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

10. peace247 unregistered

Haha some 10 year old kid.

15. nikhil23

Posts: 442; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

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

18. AmashAziz

Posts: 2927; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Hahah!

58. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1559; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I blame white people! Look at that! Easy to act like an ignorant troll!

2. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

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

17. AmashAziz

Posts: 2927; Member since: Jun 30, 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!!).

47. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

73. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 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.

4. MattPerkins1

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 25, 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.

5. drahcir02

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 03, 2016

then what?

44. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

49. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

70. AlikMalix unregistered

Where did you get those numbers?

74. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 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.

8. guests

Posts: 196; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

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

9. jellmoo

Posts: 2588; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Cancer. You read liquid cancer.

13. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

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

32. AmashAziz

Posts: 2927; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

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

31. danny_a2005

Posts: 362; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

lol, best comment haha

11. BGChicago

Posts: 225; Member since: Nov 16, 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.

21. toukale

Posts: 631; Member since: Jun 10, 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.

28. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 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.

40. BGChicago

Posts: 225; Member since: Nov 16, 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.

41. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

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

12. BGChicago

Posts: 225; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

There is a typo there - popular people should read sheeples. Just wait for the invention of the wireless charging this fall...

19. nikhil23

Posts: 442; Member since: Dec 07, 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

26. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 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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