Apple's iPhone XR trumps two surprising Samsung challengers for first place in global H1 sales

Apple's iPhone XR trumps two surprising Samsung challengers for first place in global H1 sales
While global rankings of smartphone vendors are something many market research firms put together every three months, it seems to be a little harder to determine the exact shipment numbers of individual models and compile a chart of the most popular devices in the world based on that. One of the few such reports released of late comes from IHS Markit (via Cnet), unsurprisingly ranking the iPhone XR at the top of the year's H1 list, ahead of two unexpected Samsung challengers.

Apple's most affordable 2018 iPhone variant racked up an estimated 13.6 million unit sales during the first quarter of 2019 and an additional 13.3 million between April and June for a first-half total of 26.9 million units. That's not particularly shocking to hear, as the 6.1-inch LCD screen-sporting handset previously topped the US best-selling lists of January and Q2 2019.

But because this new report measures worldwide sales figures, the iPhone XR is followed in second place by an Android device you can't actually buy stateside and in third place by one that reached US shores towards the end of the year's first six months. We're talking about the low to mid-end Galaxy A10 and the upper mid-range Galaxy A50, the former of which sold an impressive 13.4 million copies in the January - June 2019 timeframe, while the latter gathered a solid 12 million sales of its own. And now you know the real reason why Samsung's numbers recently bounced back without generating profit growth.

Speaking of popular handsets that don't exactly boast hefty profit margins, the iPhone 8 was ranked fourth on the same H1 2019 best-selling list, with 10.3 million units, followed by Xiaomi's Redmi 6A and Redmi Note 7, Samsung's modest Galaxy J2 Core, the Oppo A5, Apple's iPhone XS Max, and the Galaxy A30. No sign of either Samsung's latest or previous flagships, and interestingly, no top ten placement from Huawei either, even though many analysts claimed the company's results were not severely impacted by political tensions.

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40 Comments

1. Iodine

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

First, Apple nailed it with the iPhone XR. Second we need a small XI R mini. To replace the 8.

7. Deadeye

Posts: 110; Member since: Jul 26, 2019

"nailed it" enjoy that garbage LCD screen.

9. midan

Posts: 3019; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Garbage? it looks great (coming from iPhone X user)

18. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Come on the XR is cheap hardware device that Apple's sells at an overpriced list price. There is no denying that fact.

32. whatev

Posts: 2333; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

You know what is cheap hardware? The android devices in this top ten :))))

19. Ali888

Posts: 100; Member since: Apr 13, 2018

I used it and compared it to my old s8+ and the s8+ is miles better. It is indeed garbage

26. mackan84

Posts: 560; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

I compared to iPhone X and thought the XR display was more vivid. But I held them at a distance. I had the “green line of death” on a iPhone X before that and I just don’t trust bending oleds anymore. Besides, the screen is more important on bigger devices.

24. gadgetpower

Posts: 283; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

Just give credit to apple for giving value on their phones. Meanwhile, Samsung should lower their price for Galaxies as most people who choose android doesn’t buy on that price level.

31. lyndon420

Posts: 6836; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I'm actually an android user from day one. Now I'm not speaking for everyone (like you're doing), but I just set my daughter up with an S10...and it looks good enough that I'm considering one for myself to replace my LG V30.

16. Whitedot

Posts: 833; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

I pretty much agree with you. It has everything that a decent phone needs. Also a very nice display. Not an Iphone owner or fan but have to say it is best value for money phone from Apple for the last two phone cycles. Though at least by $50 overpriced.

2. mudcat626

Posts: 230; Member since: Jul 13, 2016

Apple is doomed.........LOL

37. tbreezy

Posts: 53; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

Haha! What is even more hilarious is how the most expensive iPhone, the XS Max makes the list but not one top Samsung flagship :’D

49. wickedwilly

Posts: 727; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

Just remember the XS was selling for six months the Galaxies just over half of that time!

58. tbreezy

Posts: 53; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

You are speaking as if the Galaxy S9 and Note9 don’t exist, LOL! Why are the older cheaper flagships not showing up either? Very clear people are not as interested as you think in Samsung Flagships.

3. midan

Posts: 3019; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

This sounds quite same what happening here in EU. We get 15 best selling phone list every month and here Samsung A40 is best selling phone in every carrier and A10 and A50 is in the list too. 4 different iPhones in every list list, Samsung S10 and Note 10 nowhere to seen. S10 had ok launch month and after that it's hardly reached any of the lists. Oneplus 7 pro is in the list and been selling well. Best selling android flagship currently. and yes about Huawei lately situation, huge negative impact because of the news happening around Huawei, Huawei sales are heavily down.

4. banglazbless

Posts: 135; Member since: Feb 05, 2014

The note10 just came out idiot.

5. midan

Posts: 3019; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

That's exactly why it should be in the list! First peak sales when many well some people buy it same time and pre-ordered, but actually not one single Note phone ever reached to these lists and i'm not expecting Note 10 be there either, because it's just a niche product and it won't reach the unit sales needed to be in the list. So maybe think next time before calling someone idiot?

8. Deadeye

Posts: 110; Member since: Jul 26, 2019

No surprise there, it´s for a certain group of people such as power users, managers etc. It´s not a phone for an average Joe like XR. Still, it´s miles ahead of any iPhone there is/will be.

11. Vancetastic

Posts: 1612; Member since: May 17, 2017

How could it be on the list if sales are still too new to even be measured? Good grief. You really are the worst troll ever.

15. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LMFAO How the hell is Note 10/+ going to be on any list when it hasn't even been out for 2 weeks OMFG Hay, thanks for the morning laughs though LOL

33. midan

Posts: 3019; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Well it took only 9 days for oneplus 7 pro to get first place. But hey atleast you tried! ;)

6. cmdacos

Posts: 4267; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

This is great for Apple. They proved they dont even need to bother trying to innovate because their hardcore fans are fine with outdated design and specs (soc not included of course)

10. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Yeah, unlike that awesome innovator Samsung, especially the superduperamazing Note 10+ and it's geewhiz cameras! Oh wait...... https://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-Galaxy-Note-10-plus-loses-blind-camera-comparison-Pixel-3-iPhone-XS-Max-and-OnePlus-7-Pro-apple-google_id118606 #cmdacossucksattrollingandlife

12. Vancetastic

Posts: 1612; Member since: May 17, 2017

Which part of his comment isn't true?

14. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

His contention that specs always matter. Take cameras for example. On paper the Note 10+ has much better cameras than the iPhone Max, but reality shows otherwise.

20. Tipus

Posts: 894; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

On PA iphone's battery is the best, but reality shows otherwise :))

21. Vancetastic

Posts: 1612; Member since: May 17, 2017

I didn't see that in the comment. Sounds like you are responding to more than one comment of his, perhaps.

39. tbreezy

Posts: 53; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

Hilarious how a whole year later Samsung have not progressed much in Camera. The iPhone and Pixel are still the best all round shooters around, with the P30 Pro being the Low Light king.

25. gadgetpower

Posts: 283; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

If that’s the case then why current galaxies aren’t selling that much if it’s innovative? Could you just give apple credit that their phones still the best choice for most people. Its pricey but then it will surely be usable after many years just like other iphones.

27. mackan84

Posts: 560; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

So how many “hardcore fans” you think Apple have? And you think they’ll buy a iPhone when Apple is just about to release a new one?

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