The latest numbers from research analytics firm Strategy Analytics suggest that the Samsung Galaxy A51 was the world’s best-selling Android smartphone in the first quarter of 2020. It estimates that Samsung shipped nearly 6 million units of the smartphone worldwide to capture 2 percent of the market share. The handset was particularly popular in Europe and parts of Asia. Xiaomi’s Redmi 8 took the second position and captured 1.9 percent of the market share thanks to its popularity in China and India.
Samsung and Xiaomi dominated the list of the best selling smartphones worldwide, with Samsung smartphones occupying four out of the top six positions. Despite reports of the Galaxy S20 series not selling well, the Galaxy S20+ was the third most popular Android smartphone worldwide with a market share of 1.7%. It was also the only premium Android smartphone to make it to the list. The Galaxy A10s, Redmi Note 8, and the Galaxy A20s took the remaining three spots.
Strategy Analytics Associate Director Juha Winter commented:
“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.”
Overall, global smartphone shipments reached 275 million units in Q1 2020. Out of this, Android smartphones accounted for 86 percent of the total sales.