Apple iPhone 7 tops in smartphone sales

China's rising brand, Oppo R9s was in third place with almost nine-million sold, followed by Samsung's Galaxy J3 with a bit over six-million.

Huawei is now China's market leader in terms of smartphone shipments, having sent out 20.8 million units in Q1 2017, giving it a market share of 19.7%.

A fresh report from Strategy Analytics stated that Oppo secured third place in the world's popular smartphone in Q1 of 2017.

Oppo, which was founded in 2001, is a subsidiary of privately held BBK Electronics, which also controls smartphone brands Vivo and OnePlus.

Apple's iPhone 7 was the best-selling smartphone in the world in the first quarter of this year.

A report in the Economic Times said that Apple "will likely price the four-year-old iPhone 5s around Rs 15,000 apiece as part of an online-exclusive retailing strategy". Market researcher Strategy Analytics reports that some 21-and-a-half million iPhone 7s have been shipped around the world, that's six.one percent of total global shipments. As expected, Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus topped this listing.

OPPO R9s shipped 8.9 million units for third place and 3 per cent market-share worldwide in first quarter and is a popular brand in China and growing rapidly across India.

The Oppo R9S is only a mid-range phone but it's selling really well especially in China and India-two of Oppo's biggest markets. Two affordable Samsung handsets are completing the top 5: the Galaxy J3 2016 (6.1 million units shipped) and Galaxy J5 2016 (5 million units). While global iPhone unit sales were down marginally year on year, the company had plenty to cheer about its performance in India.

Going by these figures, the iPhone 7 accounted for 6.1 percent of all smartphone sales in the world this past quarter and the iPhone 7 Plus accounted for 4.9 percent.

"The first quarter smartphone results further prove that the smartphone industry is not dead and that growth still exists", Ryan Reith, program vice president with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers, said last month in a release.

Oppo is a subsidiary of BBK Electronics, a major Chinese group that also owns smartphone brands Vivo and OnePlus.

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