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Galaxy S8 tops Android smartphone charts but still lags Apple iPhone 7

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The latest numbers from Strategy Analytics indicate the Samsung Galaxy S8 has been a success, but not as much as the iPhone 7.

The Galaxy S8 shipped 10.2 million units in Q2 2017, while the S8+ managed an additional nine million. Even that good effort was nowhere near enough to get close to Apple, which only makes two flagship products, moved 16.9 million iPhone 7s in the quarter and 15.1 million iPhone 7+. The five most popular models accounted for a sixth of all smartphone shipments in the quarter.

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 has instantly become the world’s most popular Android smartphone model, due to its attractive curved-screen design, a rich portfolio of software apps, and best-in-class retail distribution across dozens of countries,” said Neil Mawston of SA.

Rounding out the top 5 was the Xiaomi Redmi 4A, illustrating what a remarkable return to form the Chinese vendor has experienced, thanks largely to a strong move on the Indian market. “Xiaomi is now the fourth largest smartphone vendor in China and the second biggest across India,” said Linda Sui of SA. “Xiaomi is selling a large volume of smartphones through online channels, with key distribution partners such as Flipkart and JD.”

Our smartphone tracker below shows quite what a jump Xiaomi has made in just one quarter.

Smartphone market share Q2 2017

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