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IPhone 7 Was Best Selling Smartphone In Q1 2017

13 May 2017

"Apple iPhone 7 Plus, with its bigger screen and higher pricing, shipped 17.4 million units for second place and 5% marketshare worldwide in Q1 2017". In case you're wondering, the Oppo R9s is not officially available in the United States, but it's quite popular in markets like China (Oppo's home country) and India.

The Oppo reportedly sold 8.9 millions R9s handsets in Q1 2017.

Apple dominated a waning US smartphone market in the first quarter of 2017, Strategy Analytics reported. While many consumers in India don't initially consider Oppo and Vivo they pick up share due to their strong in-store presence.

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While two-thirds of the market still buys smartphone under $180 (roughly Rs. 11,600), the price band from $180 to $300 (roughly Rs. 19,300) has seen some growth, driven by Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo, the report adds. Local brands Micromax, Intex, Lyf, and others have captured 12% of India smartphone sales. In the first quarter, Oppo's R9s accounted for 2.5% of global smartphone sales, almost as much as the combined share of the two Samsung devices.

Apple might have lost some significant market share in India but in global terms, the company continues to rule the smartphone market.

In the meantime, foreign smartphone makers like Samsung and Apple took a hit, losing ground to the emerging Chinese brands that are commanding a larger share of the market every year.

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The iPhone 7 user-base is still on an upward trajectory, ending March at 3.6%, earning third place among iPhones. Revenues from Greater China fell 14% year over year, compared to an increase of 11% in the US , notes BGR.

Unable to break into the double digit millions (as yet) was third placed Oppo, with its R9s ringing in the bronze medal with only 8.9 million sales.

Oppo may have been boosted by Samsung's misfortune, too, as the Korean company ranked fourth and fifth place which its Galaxy J3 and J5 smartphones following the Galaxy Note 7 recall.

Apple has made a decision to further expand its reach in Indian smartphone market and hence moved to reduce the price of its iPhone 5s at an unimaginative price. While global iPhone unit sales were down marginally year on year, the company had plenty to cheer about its performance in India. It was also the world's third most popular smartphone model after Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which together shipped almost 40 million units during the three-month period.

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