New report suggests Samsung's Galaxy S20+ actually sold pretty well in Q1

New report suggests Samsung's Galaxy S20+ actually sold pretty well in Q1
It's no longer a big secret that the iPhone 11 was incredibly popular during the first three months of 2020, leading the bestseller lists of multiple research firms across markets as diverse as China and the US and unsurprisingly dominating the global chart as well.

At the same time, it also shouldn't be surprising to hear that a whopping 86 percent of all smartphones shipped around the world between January and March were powered by Android, at least according to the latest report released by Strategy Analytics. As always, the Android "ecosystem" was deeply fragmented, which is not necessarily a bad thing when talking about hardware diversity as opposed to software fragmentation, but obviously, a few specific models still managed to rise above the pack.

While Canalys recently awarded Xiaomi for manufacturing the quarter's most popular Android smartphone model, Strategy Analytics researchers came to a different conclusion when crunching the Q1 numbers. Namely, it seems that Samsung's mid-range Galaxy A51 may have actually eclipsed the likes of Xiaomi's Redmi 8 and Redmi Note 8 after all, with a grand total of 6 million units shipped globally, which just so happens to be the same tally that Canalys also came up with.

The Redmi 8 followed the A51 in second place in these new Strategy Analytics rankings, but perhaps the most interesting name on the list is the ultra-high-end Samsung Galaxy S20+. This is the first report suggesting that the 6.7-inch powerhouse was anything other than a box office stinker, estimating its market share of all Android-running smartphones shipped worldwide in the January - March 2020 timeframe at a solid 1.7 percent.

Given that the entire market is estimated at around 275 million units, Samsung may have sold close to 5 million Galaxy S20+ devices by the end of March, which isn't enough to break any records but is not as disappointing as previously reported either. This makes the S20 Plus the only "super-premium model" listed among the quarter's six best-selling Androids, and it also means the 6.7-incher ultimately managed to outsell its 6.9-inch Ultra sibling, contrary to a lot of recent gossip.

All in all, Samsung can be relatively pleased with its performance in this particular report, occupying four of the top six spots with the aforementioned Galaxy A51 and S20+ gold and bronze medalists respectively, as well as the low to mid-end Galaxy A10s and Galaxy A20s. No love for Huawei from Strategy Analytics, mind you, which once again goes to show how much of an impact the US ban is having on the world's second-largest smartphone vendor.

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Galaxy S20+
  • Display 6.7 inches
    3200 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Quad camera)
    10 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, 12GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 4500 mAh
  • OS Android 10
    Samsung One UI
Galaxy A51
  • Display 6.5 inches
    2400 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 48 MP (Quad camera)
    32 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 9611, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh
  • OS Android 10
    Samsung One UI

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