Apple pips Samsung to become world's top smartphone player in Q4

Himanshu, 01 February 2017

Apple is now the number one smartphone manufacturer in the world (surpassing Samsung for the first time in last five years), according to a new report from market research firm Strategy Analytics.

The report reveals that the iPhone maker shipped a total of 78.3 million smartphones in Q4 2016, capturing 17.8% market share.

On the other hand, the South Korean tech giant managed to ship a total of 77.5 million units in the quarter, which translates into 17.7% share of the market.

"This was the iPhone’s best performance for over a year, as Apple capitalized on Samsung’s recent missteps," the report said. " Samsung lost momentum in the quarter as a result of its Note7 battery fiasco."

China's Huawei, Oppo, and vivo rounded up the top 5 with 10.2%, 6.7%, and 5.8% share, respectively.

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Reader comments

I know you're sad, but don't find excuses for Samsung. it's just one quarter, it will be back to normal in Q1. Console yourself that apple will never consistently be number 1 since they only sell flagships.

  • Anonymous

It is not saying apple sold more than samsung. It is saying apple SHIPPED more than samsung. The apple's financial report clearly mentions the number of units sold which are much less than figures mentioned here.

  • Anonymous

in what way is it misleading? its not saying iOS is outselling Android, its saying apple are selling more phones than samsung

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