The Galaxy S9 series dominated global smartphones sales during April

The Galaxy S9 series dominated global smartphones sales during April
After the iPhone X took the title of the best-selling smartphone during the first three months of 2018, sales of the Galaxy S9 line picked up speed during April and managed to snatch back the top position, according to a report from Counterpoint Research.

Pushing Apple’s premium flagship down to third place, the Galaxy S9+ and Galaxy S9 took the number 1 and 2 spots respectively, although both appear to have been equally popular. After all, the smartphones captured a global market share of 2.6% each, with sales growth being driven largely by impressive performance in the Asia-Pacific region and North America. However, these weren't the only Samsung devices to dominate on a global scale, with last year’s Galaxy S8 proving to still be popular among consumers by becoming the tenth best-selling phone worldwide. Nevertheless, Counterpoint claims this is primarily to due to price reductions and bundle offers.

Moving away from Samsung, Apple still managed to dominate the chart despite losing its crown. In fact, the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 8 managed to take positions 3, 4, and 5 – the first two devices captured a global market share of 2.3%, while the latter’s sales equated to 2.2%. Additionally, though, demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 also remained high during the period, taking places 7 and 9. On a separate note, it’s worth noting that the final two spots on the global list went to the Xiaomi Redmi 5A and the Redmi 5 Plus (known as the Note 5 in certain markets). This marks the first time Xiaomi has taken two positions on the top 10 chart and is attributed to a strong presence in both China and India.

Looking to the future, Apple’s iPhone lineup is likely to continue dominating the chart, although sales are expected to continue decreasing as the smartphone series ages. Samsung's flagship series, on the other hand, should continue to ride high until the launch of the Galaxy Note 9 later on in this summer. However, in regards to the long-term aspect of things, Xiaomi’s global dominance is likely to continue growing and, with Huawei aiming for the number one manufacturer spot within the next few years, it shouldn’t be too long before its smartphones begin making appearances on the chart.


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  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
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  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(31h talk time)
Galaxy S9+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(35h talk time)

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118 Comments

1. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

It's well deserved, as the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are the best all-round phones on the market right now, as no other smartphone offers as many hardware or even software features as they do, especially not with the same build quality. The fact that they retained the headphone jack is a massive hardware feature on its own.

26. apple-rulz

Posts: 2112; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

But sales don’t matter, in fact the more sold only proves people are stupid and are just buying the Samsung brand for its name. McDonald’s sells millions of hamburgers but that doesn’t mean they are the best, and Ford sells a lot more than Ferrari.

31. sissy246

Posts: 7110; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LMFAO You and piyath are so butt hurt. So much for the s9 and s9+ not selling.

39. apple-rulz

Posts: 2112; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

I can’t believe so many people are too stupid to be able to pick up on the sarcasm in what I wrote. If the article was about an Apple product selling well, then the brand name status-Ford versus Ferrari-McDonald’s selling millions of burgers-argument would be foremost and center. Kinda pathetic that the typical Samsung fan is unable to pick that up.

54. sgodsell

Posts: 7360; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You know what people are really stupid is the 1.6% still buying brand new iPhone 6's in 2018. A device that is 4 years old now. Those people have to be really stupid.

55. apple-rulz

Posts: 2112; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

That 4 year old 6s is a better device than any current Samsung device, and will be supported longer, so it seems those people are actually smarter, and now you are too. You’re welcome ;) https://www.xda-developers.com/apple-iphone-vs-galaxy-s9-security-updates/

65. cmdacos

Posts: 4195; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

You're getting further and further out there in the RDF. Enjoy the thin air...

70. maherk

Posts: 6870; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Better? That argument is so dead after Apple were busted slowing down their 1+ years old devices. And all that support, and it will barely receive any of the new features the recent models get with every update.

73. apple-rulz

Posts: 2112; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Well at least it’ll get security updates, so sad the S9 can’t even stay current in that area. Here I’ll link the article again so you can read it; https://www.xda-developers.com/apple-iphone-vs-galaxy-s9-security-updates/

74. maherk

Posts: 6870; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Maybe if you read the article and the comments underneath it, you will see that this is an issue that carriers are mostly responsible for. Unlocked Samsung and Android phones get regular security updates for at least 2 years, and some of the main flagships get them before Pixel phones at times And why are you even deflecting bro? You were talking about performance, now it's about security updates? Don't deflect when you lose an argument.

102. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

As long as Apple and MS can push updates to their phones without carriers being involved in the process, it's only Samsung's (and other oems) fault that they can't do the same.

80. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

I agree with maherk read the dam f**kin article sweetie . It's the carriers fault for not releasing updates on time , Unlocked s9 here and im getting all the updates on time which are running smoothly. So yes .

81. apple-rulz

Posts: 2112; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Sweet, sweet Omarc07, it’s not the carriers fault. Stop making excuses for Samsung. Also read the article, or if reading comprehension isn’t your strong suit, I’ll gladly come read it to you ;)

116. luis.aag90

Posts: 274; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Well, 3 years of security updates for a Samsung flagship is nothing to sniff at. It won't be the same timeframe as an iPhone, but really 3 years is enough for most. It's more likely you'll need a new battery by then, which means a costly repair nowadays

76. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 372; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Yes phones are supported longer but at the expense of performance and battery life. It is now universally known that apple throttles its older generation phones with each update. My S8 may only recieve two updates but so far. Oreo has Improved performance, stability and fluidity tremendously!.

78. apple-rulz

Posts: 2112; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

My 6S Plus runs flawlessly, so try again sweetheart.

83. maherk

Posts: 6870; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Let's see, who should we believe, Apple who admitted to slowing down old iPhones, or apple_rulz who's notorious for being an Apple fanboy?

84. darkkjedii

Posts: 31029; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Damn lol.

89. apple-rulz

Posts: 2112; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Any slowdown on my 6S Plus is imperceptible, but nice try ;)

104. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

If you don't use Apple devices, you only talk about the bullock you get on the internet from people that are making up stuff (such as yourself now).

106. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 372; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

So we should discount Apples own admission that they throttle phones with their updates, should we also ignore the fact they offered reduced battery replacements in reaction to this coming out, should we ignore multiple lawsuits flagged against Apple because of this drama?. Talk about sticking your head in the sand, but whatever let's you gwt through the day.

114. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Apple has clearly stated that they have been throttling the phones with subpar batteries. I'm not saying it was ok (quite the contrary, people should know this things and I hope Apple is going to pay for what it has done), I'm just saying that only some uninformed dudes think that older iPhone models are being throttled with every update.

87. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The newest iPhone isn't better so, no.

90. JohnR

Posts: 151; Member since: Sep 08, 2017

You sound like a blathering idiot

93. apple-rulz

Posts: 2112; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Wow what a comeback! Pat yourself on the back!!

67. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Better than crappy galaxy A serious and S8 so.

113. Nostromo79

Posts: 169; Member since: Jun 22, 2016

Have never wanted an iPhone. One of my prized possessions is a 60 gig iPod given me by my daughter for my birthday in 2006. I still carefully use that in my vehicle for the number of songs installed on it from the era in which I received it. I was partial to the Motorola Droid Series of smartphones circa 2009-2012 or so. If a Droid RAZR MAXX HD, with an operating system that'd function today, were available I'd get one out of pure nostalgia providing it was priced under $700. Don't get me started on Palm's Treo 650. If that same form of Treo 650 was available and it could handle the 4G network of today I'd probably camp-out awaiting its release. I'm old with an affection for old, keepsake things I suppose. Not to rain on anyone's parade either.

117. luis.aag90

Posts: 274; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

My first Android was a Razr Maxx and I loved the Kevlar and aluminum back housing. Just when most manufacturers had their own design language. I must say the battery life was superb

77. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

The fact that the iPhone X has been around for half a year, and it took this long for the S9 to even make headlines.. is a joke lol. Basic logic shows everyone who has/wants an iPhone X already has on, let alone the iPhone 8, and the iPhone 6S which has outsold the S9 last month LMAO.

118. luis.aag90

Posts: 274; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Except for the fact S9 was available from mid March. April was the first full month of sales, so not bad at all

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