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The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus retained their positions as the worldâ€™s most popular smartphones in 2017â€™s second quarter by a wide margin, according to new data published by research firm Strategy Analytics.
Apple shipped an estimated 16.9 million iPhone 7 devices and 15.1 million iPhone 7 Plus devices in the second quarter, according to Strategy Analyticâ€™s newest Smartphone Model Tracker report. Cupertinoâ€™s two 2016 flagships ranked as the first and second most popular smartphones globally in the quarter, which represents the April through June period.
â€œiPhone 7 remained the worldâ€™s most popular smartphone model overall, due to a compelling blend of user-friendly design, extensive supporting apps, and widespread retail presence for the device,â€ Senior Analyst Juha Winter said in the report.
Third and fourth place in the quarter went to Samsungâ€™s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ respectively, both of which were released earlier this year. Samsung shipped an estimated 10.2 million Galaxy S8 units and 9 million Galaxy S8+ units from April through June. â€œSamsungâ€™s Galaxy S8 has instantly become the worldâ€™s most popular Android smartphone model,â€ said Neil Mawston, Strategy Analyticsâ€™s executive director.
In fifth place was Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi’s Redmi 4A smartphone, which shipped around 5.5 million units in the second quarter. The Redmi 4A is a budget handset, which presumably lends to its popularity in certain regions of the worldÂ â€” particularly the large markets of China and India.
During Appleâ€™s impressiveÂ earnings call earlier this month, the company reported that it had sold 41 million iPhones. Though it did not break that number down by specific model, Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that the iPhone 7 remained Cupertinoâ€™s most popular handset. While Android is the most widely used mobile OS, Appleâ€™s flagship popularity remains strong â€” which is especially notable because the iPhone 7 is technically nearing the end of its year-long product cycle.
Though itâ€™s hard to tell how the iPhone 7â€™s successor will do, many analysts are expecting this yearâ€™s premium iPhone 8 flagship to meet strong demand and spur an â€œupgrade super-cycleâ€ for Apple. If accurate, this yearâ€™s cycle could boost sales for Apple and bring the company one step closer to the $1 trillion valuation milestone.