If looking at the fourth quarter alone, the new iPhone 7 was the 2016 best-seller, followed by iPhone 7 Plus, based on research from the IHS Markit Smartphone Shipment Database, which tracks quarterly shipment data for more than 350 smartphone models.
Apple again has demonstrated that its new iPhones drive sales and remain extremely successful in the market. The company is obviously also capable of selling older devices for an extended period of time. For instance, Apple’s older iPhone 6s and 6s Plus were both among the most-shipped models for the full year 2016.
Beleaguered Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge and S7 trailed distantly in fifth and ninth, respectively.
The Note 7 recall has left S7 and S7 Edge, released in March 2016, as Samsung’s flagships. Since then, the market has seen a series of premium smartphones by other companies. Samsung drove sales of older devices via aggressive sales promotions, which included bundling with their Gear VR puke machine.
Samsung’s remaining three models all belong to the mid-tier J series. The company has seen shipment unit gains in the mid to low-tier segment, relative to 2015, due to growth in emerging markets.
Huawei, the third largest smartphone maker after Apple and Samsung, did not have any models in the top 10 most-shipped smartphones in 2016. Similar to Samsung, Huawei continues to address multiple smartphone pricing segments – either with its own Huawei-branded handsets or with those of its sub-brand, Honor. In the premium segment, Huawei’s P9 was among its own top five most-shipped smartphone models in 2016, performing better than previous flagships.
Chinese manufacturer OPPO had one model on the top ten ranking. In 2016, OPPO posted growth of 109 percent in smartphone shipments to become the fourth largest smartphone maker in terms of unit shipment, up from the seventh spot in 2015. Unlike Huawei, OPPO has a smaller product portfolio and operates in fewer markets, with more than 80 percent of the company’s 2016 shipments within its home market of China.
Source: IHS Markit
MacDailyNews Take: Behold, Apple’s iPhone domination:
Keep warm and toasty now, slavish copying thieves!
Apple took 92% of smartphone industry’s profits in Q416 – February 7, 2017
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]