Over the recent past, the smartphone market has been growing exponentially. With more people buying phones, more companies are joining the fold thanks to the all-inclusive Android OS.
Anyone can pick up Android OS and come up with a smartphone and immediately start making money from selling it. Yes, that’s how simple it is! However, the huge number of OEMs in the Android market has meant even tougher competition for the major names in the industry such as Samsung and Apple.
Speaking of which, these two are the leaders when it comes to smartphone shipments across the globe, however, recent times have seen a number of OEMs emerge from China and these are led by Oppo, which is the current owner of OnePlus. In 2016, the iPhone 6S was outperformed by Oppo R9 in terms of sales in China, with the former managing to ship 12 million units while the latter shipped an impressive 17 million units.
Now, according to fresh data coming from research firm Strategy Analytics, the Oppo R9s took over from its counterpart, managing to ship an impressive 8.9 million units in Q1 2017. This is just 2.5% of the total number of smartphones shipped during the same period, which the report puts at 353.3 million units, but it still makes the R9s the most purchased Android phone. Despite its impressive performance, the Oppo R9s was still unable to match the Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, possibly due to their flagship status and better overall availability.
In fact, it’s Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus that are leading the charts, where the former managed to ship a whopping 21.5 million units (6.1%) while the latter followed in closely at 17.4 million units (4.9%). Notably, there’s no Samsung flagship in the top three thanks to the frying Galaxy Note 7, but the South Korean tech giant’s representatives occupy the other two spots in the top 5.
Apparently, the Galaxy J3 2016 was the company’s flying device, managing to ship 6.1 million units and the Galaxy J5 2016 came in second – and fifth overall – with a shipment of 5 million units. These are just 1.7% and 1.4%, respectively, of the total 353.3 million units shipped globally from January to March 2017. When compared to what the world took in a year ago, the smartphone consumption increased by 20.1 million units this year. As for the rest of the smartphones shipped globally from other manufacturers, the already mentioned, they accounted for 83.3%, which is 294.4 million units.
One thing worth noting is that the Oppo R9s, unlike the likes of Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, is only available for purchase in a handful of markets. In fact, the phone is not available stateside, which is one of the largest smartphone market globally.