iPhone X was the best-selling smartphone of Q1 2018, according to a report by Strategy Analytics. Apple had a great start in the quarter, with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus – smart phones that were launched along with the iPhone X last September – reaching the second and third positions, respectively. The Cupertino company completed the first four with the iPhone 7, and the only Android smartphone among the top five is notably Xiaomi’s entry level smartphone: the Redmi 5A.
Strategy Analytics in its report says that the iPhone X captured 5 percent of the global smartphone market in the first quarter of 2018, with 16 million units shipped. Apple sold 12.5 million units of iPhone 8, which had a 3.6 percent market share, followed by the 8.3 million units of the iPhone 8 Plus and 2.4 percent of the shares. The iPhone 7 saw 5.6 million units shipped, a drop from its record 21.5 million units in the first quarter of 2017.
“For the second consecutive quarter, the iPhone X is still the most popular smartphone model in the world in general, thanks to a combination of good design, sophisticated camera, extensive applications and widespread retail presence for the device,” said Juha Winter, analyst Senior of Strategy. Analytics. “Apple has changed almost 50 million iPhone X units worldwide since its commercial launch in November 2017.”
Upon reaching the first Android contender in the strategic SMS Analytics Q1 2018 global dispatch report, the Xiaomi Redmi 5A saw 5.4 million units shipped, slightly behind the iPhone 7. The entry-level smartphone was launched in China last October and brought to India in November. As an introductory offer for the first 5 million units in India, the base model of the smartphone (2 GB of RAM / 16 GB of storage) had an Rs. 1,000 discounts, lowering its price to Rs. 4,999. Finished the launch price offer in March.
“Xiaomi has become very popular in India and China,” said Linda Sui, director of Strategy Analytics. “Xiaomi is selling a large volume of smartphones through online channels, with key retail partners, including Flipkart and JD.”
The Strategy Analytics report reveals only the top six models in terms of global smartphone shipments, saying that they accounted for 1 in 7 of all smartphones sent in the quarter. The Samsung Galaxy S9 + took the last place on its list. The flagship Samsung Galaxy S-Series sent 5.3 million units, just behind Xiaomi’s budget offer, which represents 1.5 percent of the global smartphone market. However, not everything is a nightmare for Samsung’s flagships, and the market research firm predicts that the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus will become the best-selling Android smartphone in the second quarter of 2018.