When it comes to global smartphone sales, Samsung dominates the Android side of the playing field with its budget and mid-range devices. In fact, the company’s Galaxy A series is so popular among the masses that it took the top three spots in the best selling Android smartphones list last year. However, riding on the fast growth of the Indian smartphone market, Xiaomi also managed to secure a spot on the list last year with the Redmi Note 7. Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent decline in smartphone sales, Samsung and Xiaomi seem to be continuing the trend this year.
As per a recent report from market research firm Strategy Analytics, the Samsung Galaxy A51 was the best selling Android smartphone (2.3% market share) in Q1 2020, with 6 million units shipped globally. The Xiaomi Redmi 8 took the second spot with a market share of 1.9%, followed by the Galaxy S20+(1.7%), Galaxy A10s (1.6%), Redmi Note 8 (1.6%), and the Galaxy A20s (1.4%). The report further reveals that global smartphone shipments reached a total of 275 million units in the first quarter this year, with Android devices accounting for 86% of all smartphones shipped.
In a statement regarding the study, Juha Winter, Associate Director at Strategy Analytics, said, “As mobile operators have reduced subsidies in recent years, and many countries are now tumbling into post-virus recession, smartphone consumers globally are becoming increasingly price-sensitive and they are seeking out new Android models that deliver the biggest bang for their buck. Samsung Galaxy A10s, Xiaomi Redmi Note 8, and Samsung Galaxy A20s round out the fourth, fifth and sixth most popular Android smartphone models worldwide, and a further sign that many consumers want value-for-money devices with good-enough specs at affordable prices. Android is entering a post-premium era.”
It’s worth noting that the Samsung Galaxy S20+ was the only premium Android smartphone to make the list in Q1 this year. This falls in line with last year’s sales, where the Samsung Galaxy S10+ was the only premium smartphone to secure a spot in the top five best selling Android smartphones list.