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.

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71 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Why is the total sales not mentioned? Samsung sold 79 million smartphones to Apple's 41 million smartphones for the same quarter. So if 32 million iPhone's were the 7 and 7 plus. That means Apple's 5 other iPhone types sold only 9 million devices (6, 6+, 6s, 6s+, SE).

2. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Whiner.

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If I was a whiner, then I would have used 78.8 million Samsung's, and 40.6 million iPhone's. But this is really just more propaganda to pump up Apple. What about the 300 million Android smartphones in total that sold for that quarter? Hmmm. No whining, just the truth.

28. You_Dont_Say

Posts: 431; Member since: Jan 26, 2015

@sgodell Your logic is pure stupidity. Any logical person will find it more impressive that 2 smartphones account for the largest marketshare in the world. An illogical person will find it more impressive that a smartphone manufacturer who sold as many as 56 new smartphone models a year (link below) sells more smartphones total. *****LET's SPOON FEED**** 1. Samsung releases 56 new smartphones in a given year 2. Apple releases 2-4 new smartphones in a given year You dummies, if Apple wanted to take Samsung's approach and flood the market at every price level, they could easily do that. Get over the fact that selling the most of a single model is more impressive. They are keeping a hold in the market releasing just 2 smartphones a year. iPhone 7 is king and there is nothing you can do about it. https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/11/samsung-decides-56-smartphones-a-year-is-too-many-will-cut-lineup-by-30/

30. BeersAndTech

Posts: 95; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Shhhh....people around here aren't fond of rational comments like yours.

37. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

BOOM baby

46. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Sadly only 0.01% of You_Dont_Say's comments are even remotely rational.

50. darkkjedii

Posts: 31049; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Is it that much?

71. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I was exaggerating of course

41. brasstax

Posts: 541; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"Get over the fact that selling the most of a single model is more impressive. " Not so much if only you make the model and customers don't have choice within the ecosystem.

42. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Did your stupidity just ignore the whole part with him pointing out that Apple's other models barely sell anything, incurring the iPhone SE, currently sold for less than $150 off contact in the US? And you try to call others stupid, stupid?

43. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Which means people that want in the iOS ecosystem have the choice to buy cheap 150$ devices (just like those who want Android have the choice to buy cheap ZTE, A, J) but they prefer to buy 700$ flagships.

45. AxelFoley unregistered

An illogical person believes that if Apple sold 56 new smartphone models instead of 4 then their sales total would be 14 times greater. But, they are just being nice to every other manufacturer and choosing not to make 14 times more profit than they already make. A logical person knows that if Apple sold 56 new smartphone models then their sales total would be the exact same, just divided amongst 56 models instead of 4, increasing their costs and reducing their profits by having to order more types of components. An even more logical person knows that the one size fits all approach is only available to a company that can sell on brand name alone. And brand loyaly allows them push $220 phones for $900 instead catering to specific needs for consumers at specific price points, sizes, colors, and capabilities.

55. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Wow are you dumb. Apple would be killing their high priced iPhone segment market if they released iPhones at all price points. Besides Apple controls all aspects of it's iPhones, so that's why Apple can charge flagship prices for an iPhone 7. Look in reality if you took the iPhone 7 hardware and installed Android on it. That hardware wouldn't get more than $250 for it. Why? Because it's only a low resolution display in 2017. There is Android smartphones priced around the $200 mark that have higher resolution displays, with more RAM and storage with the same cat 9 LTE, with a similar camera experience. If Apple sold iOS to OEMs, then Apple would quickly find out that they would not be able to charge their current prices for their smartphones. Because the competition would be fiece. Just like it is right now in the Android world. So Apple would never flood the market with different iPhones. There is absolutely no need for Apple to do that since 1) they control all aspects of their iPhones, both hardware and software. 2) can charge whatever they want for their hardware, because they know if you want an iPhone, then you have to pay up.

56. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

No man, YOU ARE THE DUMMIES!!!! If Apple flood the market with new mid phones, how many flagship phones will sell? Bet on , much less than S8/S8 Plus sell.

72. bakassan

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 16, 2017

very logical. congrats. did you noticed that your reference goes back to 2014 ?!

54. mikehunta727 unregistered

Hello you buffoons, the article is talking about individual smartphone sales, not total Android quarterly sales. Everyone and their grandma knows Android sells a ton more quarterly, this is specifically about individual smartphone sales. Stop whining like little bitches anyway

60. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

No one is whining here but you. Even with so many brilliant and beautiful new mid-range Samsung's models, and big competition in the same OS, S8 and S8plus sell best. Apple could never do that , and you know it. And the media guys know it, but make doctored atricles to cheer you up. LOL

67. mikehunta727 unregistered

No one takes you seriously with your comments here, please don't reply to me. You are completely uncapable of constructive, objective dialogue

7. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

We all know Samsung = King of Market Share while Apple = King of Profit. The important thing they didn't mention is how long each flagship phone has been on the market. That would put things into better perspective.

10. maherk

Posts: 6878; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Because this is a comparison of total number of specific models sold. Something people must realize, especially now that Android flagships are priced the same if not more than the iPhone, people yes still buy phones based on their brand loyalty, but we can't dismiss the fact that millions of people see the iPhone as the smartphone that offers the simplest OS on the market. Many people I know don't care that much about software features and software updates, and while lots of them still have an Android phone, many as well go with an iPhone for the reason I just mentioned.

62. HouTexan

Posts: 461; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

Eh, most of the people I know just buy an iPhone because they see Android as the "poor people's phone", and I'm not even kidding. They couldn't care less about facts - they literally sit on social media and talk s**t about the camera quality of Android phones and all. They honestly just see it as some sort of a status symbol. Sad, really.

19. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

That's irrelevant. Why hasn't a sales comparison between S7 models with S8 models mentioned??? It is very relevant.

21. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

More interesting question to ask is... Why is there second article on the same topic? Are we getting another tomorrow? https://www.phonearena.com/news/Apple-iPhone-7-iPhone-7-Plus-are-the-most-shipped-smartphones-during-Q2-2017_id97090

24. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Because PA has no real editor. I imagine their corporate structure is pretty much just drunken bloggers sitting in their boxers, wearing either am iPhone or Samsung t-shirt, frantically mashing buttons throwing together a story to incite page clicks... while just as frantically making sure a plethora of ads are attached to each article to generate revenue.

39. slow00

Posts: 97; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

this....the authors here are writting provocative articles just to generate clicks...i dont think they have a clue about technology and most of all any opinion /assesment skils ...what they do is to copy paste articles from around the web all the time....the ony skill required from the authors here is fluent english...

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31049; 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: 679; 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: 31049; 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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