Apple iPhone 7 Leading Smartphone in Q1

May 12, 2017, 12:42
Apple iPhone 7 Leading Smartphone in Q1

Samsung's first quarter sales of smartphones in China have declined by 60% year on year to around 3.5 million units, according to the Hong Kong-based Counterpoint Technology Market Research company. The iPhone 7 Plus, with 17.4 million units sold, bagged the second spot, commanding a 5% market share worldwide. The handset is, however, physically attractive after modelling itself on the iPhone - a feature that may be alluring for aspirational consumers in the Chinese market, where Apple has luxury brand cachet. In case you're wondering, the Oppo R9s is not officially available in the United States, but it's quite popular in markets like China (Oppo's home country) and India.

Samsung Galaxy J3 captured 2 per cent global smartphone market-share and fourth place, while Galaxy J5 took 1 per cent global share to become the world's fifth most popular model.

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Strategy Analytics said the devices sell well in Asia and Europe. Local brands Micromax, Intex, Lyf, and others now capture only 12% of India smartphone sales.

The latest data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech also reveals that in Q1 2017 and despite an Apple earnings report that did not meet Wall Street's expectations for iPhone sales, the company continued to make year-on-year share gains across most markets except urban China.

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Oppo is a subsidiary of BBK Electronics, a major Chinese group that also owns smartphone brands Vivo and OnePlus. Consumers may be saving up for the 10 anniversary iPhone due out later this year, however, and not giving up on Apple.

In Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, iPhone 5s is ranked as the top premium smartphone while iPhone 6 occupies the second place in these states, except West Bengal where Samsung S4 Mini is the second-most favourite smartphone in the premium category.

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Analyst firm Strategy Analytics has published a progress report on the mobile market.

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