It appears iPhone 7 was the top selling handset in the first half of 2017, edging past all other rival including Korean giant Samsung. According to research analytics firm IHS Markit, the smaller iPhone 7 bagged the first spot as far as sales are concerned in the first half of 2017, followed by its larger sibling the iPhone 7 Plus which was the runner up. The third spot went to Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Plus, followed by the iPhone 6s, while Samsung’s Galaxy S8 flagship came in at the fifth spot.
While IHS Markit did not reveal exact sales figures of the aforementioned devices, however, it did reveal that devices from Apple and Samsung saw a declining trend in sales compared to their predecessors. That said, performance of the Galaxy S8 in terms of sales does not reveal the exact picture as the smartphone was officially launched in April.
All in all, five handsets from Samsung, four from Apple and one smartphone from Oppo were ranked in the top 10 most shipped smartphones in the first half of 2017.
Furthermore, IHS Markit also notes that nearly 22 smartphones racked up sales of one million units this year, up from 17 last year.
“This is a direct result of smartphone OEM efforts to select and concentrate in order to improve product portfolios and increase profitability. In addition, more Chinese OEMs are selling their smartphone models outside of China, which intensifies competition and generates more globally popular models,” says Jusy Hong, associate director – mobile devices for IHS Markit.
Finally, the research also notes that Chinese smartphones are doing rather well this year. As among the 22 top-smartphone models shipped this year, eight of these handsets are from Chinese manufacturers that shipped more than 6 million units in the first half of 2017. These include five from Oppo, two from Xiaomi, as well as one from Huawei.
While Samsung had 10 models that shipped more than a million units per month, while Apple had four such handsets that shipped a million units in a month.