Samsung Galaxy S8 is the best-selling Android phone in Q2 2017, but iPhone 7 is king of the world

The only real competitor for Samsung's flagships are Apple's iPhones, so there will be no surprise if the Galaxy S8 will be the best-selling Android smartphone in 2017. But for now, let's just say that it's the most popular product among Android fans in the second quarter.

The latest research from Strategy Analytics suggests Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones shipped 19 million units worldwide. That makes these two devices world's best-selling Android phones in Q2 2017.

Apple's iPhone 7 remains world's most popular smartphone model overall with no less than 16.9 million units shipped, while its bigger brother, the iPhone 7 Plus ended Q2 with 15.1 million units shipped. Apple's iPhone 7 models account for 8.9% of the global smartphone market share, while Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+ captured only 5.3%.

Surprisingly, Xiaomi's Redmi 4A mid-range smartphone comes in fifth with 5.5 million units shipped in Q2 2017, which accounts for 1.5% of the global market share.

Apparently, Xiaomi is now the fourth largest handset vendor in China and the second biggest in China, even though the company is mostly selling its products online.

It's highly unlikely that an Android smartphone made by another company would be able to dethrone Samsung's flagships in Q3 and Q4 2017, but things might change in the coming years.

Related phones

Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8 inches
    2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie
    Samsung One UI
Galaxy S8+
  • Display 6.2 inches
    2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie
    Samsung One UI



68. Eyesopen

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 06, 2016

Eeeeeiii always a fight between ifans and samguys

65. Anchor

Posts: 160; Member since: Jun 16, 2017

If people weren't so stupid and self dignifying they'd have no loyalty to any company and wouldn't even argue or bash other for their choices, all we're doing is generating hype for these companies. We are the consumers, the power is supposed to be in our hands, if one company doesn't do well drop it and don't try to hold on like your own dignity and esteem depends on it. These companies already make a ton of cash and it could've been better if the consumers took the power they were given

48. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Techie where are you??????

40. gadgeteer

Posts: 45; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

44. Ninetysix

Posts: 2966; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

And Kim Kardashian is the queen of America. Proves how marketable people are in this demographic. Certainly not better tech by any means but people buy into the brand and message.

35. MarmiteTheDog

Posts: 192; Member since: Jul 31, 2017

If people like paying too much for Apple's mediocraty, then that's up to them.

31. rdvn26

Posts: 78; Member since: Aug 04, 2017

lol ppl get crazy . apple always sel more flagship than samsung

27. Tipus

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Need more clicks!! :)

25. kylebelle

Posts: 74; Member since: May 03, 2016


34. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I understood that reference.

23. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

PA please. This will ignite a flame war.

22. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

"Apparently, Xiaomi is now the fourth largest handset vendor in China and the second biggest in China, even though the company is mostly selling its products online." Missing another noun in there somewhere maybe? F.F.S PA... get a friggin' editor or drop Cosmin V.

18. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

The smallest phone sold the most. Hmmm

33. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

No. Just the most popular. That is all.

17. GrosseFatigue

Posts: 211; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

The Galaxy S8 is one generation ahead of IPhone 7 spec wise. I would never buy one. Samsung had 4k screens since the Note4 3 years ago!

15. Derekjeter

Posts: 1579; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

PA is sitting down counting all the comments and hits this article will get. Do you morons see that they could have written the tittle to be less of a click bait. For example “Galaxy S8 is top Android seller, but the iPhone 7 is over all highest” or something like that. Them adding the “King” on the tittle is making you arsholes very upset. Who the hell cares about selling numbers, buy the phone that best suits you and call it day.

14. LanjaKodaka

Posts: 219; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

But Android is just pure crap. They dont support the damn os after 2 years. And samsung doesnt after 1 year.

16. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

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9. kiko007

Posts: 7525; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I can already hear the whining...

13. AxelFoley unregistered

I have to admit. This comment is much funnier than the one you made yesterday on Phonearena's article covering the exact same data from Strategy Analytics. Your ability to come up with fresh material for a re-run deserves admiration. However, I expect better over the next 2 days when Ray and Kaloyan write their articles.

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4410; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I guess this article deserved two writers to have perspective over the last couple of days? Can someone else in PA please write another article on this topic tomorrow?

5. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Those millions of people didn't know they have choices. Theres a lot of wonderful phones outside Galaxy S and iPhone.

12. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

They did. They chose the better phones.

20. aegislash

Posts: 1538; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

You can't go wrong with an iPhone or a Galaxy (sans Note7 but yeah). When you get a Galaxy S/Note or an iPhone, you know you're getting a device that is well worth the money spent. The same can't be said about other OEMs, who release flagship priced devices that lack so many things that should be included on top end phones (lookin' at you, Pixel)

4. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

I guess that someone gonna said: iPhone sells better because they announced earlier!

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31796; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I owned both, and the S8 Plus is well ahead. Sales are sales, but the better phone is the S8 Plus easily. Note 8 looms.

26. therealestmc

Posts: 680; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

You mean in your opinion he Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is better? I have both as well and I find the iPhone to be the better device.

32. BeersAndTech

Posts: 95; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

darkkjedii is an annoying troll who states the same 3 things. a) Note 8 is amazing BLA BLA BLA features BLA BLA BLA looms b) iPhone 7 is solid but BLA BLA BLA missing features BLA BLA BLA still dope tho c) August 23rd can't come soon enough BLA BLA BLA menstrual cycle BLA BLA BLA will be over then.

52. darkkjedii

Posts: 31796; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

And you're a little b!tch that does one thing. 1. Troll me. Oh yeah. 8-23-17 can't come fast enough.

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