Samsung’s current flagship offering, the Galaxy S8, is the top selling Android powered mobile device in the world during the second quarter of this year, at least according to information recently offered by Strategy Analytics. Apple’s iPhone, however, remains the handset to beat in the entire smartphone industry.
As reported by Strategy Analytics, Samsung was able to ship 10.2 million units of its Galaxy S8 during Q2 2017, and in the process, captured a 2.8 percent share of the whole smartphone market. Meanwhile, the South Korean phone maker’s Galaxy S8 Plus racked up 9 million units in terms of shipments, owning a 2.5 percent share of the overall sales. All in all, 360.4 million units of smartphone devices were shipped across the globe, a volume that represents a 5.5 percent improvement compared to that of last year’s second quarter numbers.
Based on Strategy Analytics' report, it may be safe to assume that Samsung may have finally bounced back from its Galaxy Note 7 mess last year. The phablet was supposed to compete with Apple’s iPhone 7 devices, but due to problems related to overheating batteries, last year’s Note offering had to be recalled two times and eventually discontinued.
Quite remarkably, Samsung has managed to register solid sales figures for its smartphone business during the second quarter of this year even though it did not enjoy extensive marketing and promotions support from mobile operators in the United States, industry leaders Verizon Wireless and AT&T included. As pointed out by Neil Mawston, the executive director of Strategy Analytics, the Galaxy S8 flagship obviously was a certified worldwide hit, and it managed to do so by combining a sleek curved display screen aesthetic, clever features, and a cavalcade of mobile apps. It also helped that Samsung had put in place a retail distribution system across international markets that is arguably superior than many of its rivals.
As for the iPhone, Apple’s most popular and most dependable product remains number one in the world simply because of the consistent and continuing demand for the latest model, the iPhone 7. And the device happened to enjoy very strong support from the Big Four carriers in America, which has definitely helped the iPhone 7 grab a market share of 16.9 percent during Q2 2017. The iPhone 7 Plus did well, too -- snatching a market share of 15.1 percent of all shipments of smartphone devices.
To summarize the top five best selling smartphones during the second quarter of this year were the iPhone 7, the iPhone 7 Plus, the Galaxy S8, the Galaxy S8 Plus, and Xiaomi’s Redmi 4A.
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