It is party time at Apple as the company’s anniversary edition smartphone, iPhone X, has become the world’s best selling smartphone in the first quarter of 2018. In fact, reports suggest that there could be more good news coming in for Apple in the coming months.
According to a report by a data analytics firm Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipment reached 345 million units in the first quarter of 2018 and despite the fear of alienating a lot of users due to its high pricing, Apple’s iPhone X became the highest selling smartphone shipping 16 million units across the globe during the quarter.
This trend is likely to continue for Apple as the firm believes that the Cupertino-based tech giant is likely to maintain its winning streak in the second quarter of the year as well. “We estimate the Apple iPhone X shipped 16.0 million units and captured 5 percent market share worldwide in Q1 2018. For the second quarter running, the iPhone X remains the world’s most popular smartphone model overall, due to a blend of good design, sophisticated camera, extensive apps, and widespread retail presence for the device,” senior analyst Juha Winter said in a press release.
Apple has shipped nearly 50 million iPhone X units across the globe since its commercial launch in November 2017. But that is not the only star performer in its arsenal. While Apple shipped 12.5 and 8.3 million units of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus since their launch last year, its previous-generation iPhone 7 shipped a decent 5.6 million units. “Combined together, Apple today accounts for four of the world’s six most popular smartphone models,” Juha added.
These prediction seem to be backing the optimism Apple CEO Tim Cook displayed on iPhone while announcing the quarterly earnings report earlier this week. “Customers chose iPhone X more than any other iPhone each week in the March quarter, just as they did following its launch in the December quarter,” he said.
Meanwhile, Xiaomi’s Redmi 5A became the fifth top-selling smartphone in the first quarter of 2018 shipping 5.4 million units worldwide. Shortly behind Xiaomi was Samsung’s 6.2-inch flagship device– Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus which shipped 5.3 million units during the quarter.
Samsung started shipping its new flagship devices– Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus only toward the end of the first quarter of 2018 but the firm believes that it is “already off to a very good start”. “We expect the S9 Plus to become the best-selling Android smartphone globally in the second quarter of 2018,” Director of Strategy Analytics, Woody Oh said in the press release.