In the year 2020, flagship smartphones are getting much more expensive whereas cheaper smartphones are getting better. As 2020 started sales were great in the first two months but later on due to the pandemic smartphone sales in terms of number showed a declining curve. Still, in some parts of the world, this is trying to get better.
This raised the question that is, Are smartphones being sold anywhere during this pandemic season, and if yes what are the stats? Here is the analytics of the first quarter of 2020. If we see reports from STRATEGY ANALYTICS, among the Top 6 smartphones sold in the first quarter of 2020, 4 devices on that list are from Samsung. While the other two are from the budget smartphones giant Xiaomi.
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Talking about the list, in the 6th position we have Samsung Galaxy A20s. This device was launched in September last year and covered 1.4% of all Android phones sold globally in the first quarter of 2020. At 5th no. with 1.6% sales among all Android devices sold we have Xiaomi Redmi Note 8. Redmi Note 8 was launched in August of 2019 and since then Xiaomi has managed to sell more than 30 Million devices under the Redmi Note 8 series which also includes its pro variant. The fourth most sold device in this pandemic season was entry-level Samsung Galaxy A10s. This phone was also announced in the August of 2019 and is available at Rs.13,999 in Nepal. In the first quarter of 2020, Galaxy A10swas also able to capture 1.6% of the total Android market share.
Now as we get into the top 3, in the third position we have the only Flagship smartphone to be in the list, Samsung Galaxy S20+. It’s the only smartphone in the list which was launched in 2020. It was launched in February and since then it has covered 1.7% of the overall Android phone sold. S20 ultra was also doing great in terms of sales but we don’t have that in the list nor the cheaper S20. The second most sold smartphone which was able to give quite a bit of competition to Samsung was Xiaomi’s Redmi 8. It’s an entry-level smartphone from Xiaomi with Snapdragon 439 and was launched in October of 2019. It’s the second Xiaomi device in the top 6 list.
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Now the device at the top of the list with a 2.3% market share among the Android phones in the first quarter of 2020 is Samsung’s Galaxy A51 (4G variant). This device is popular around the globe but it got special attention in European and Asian markets. It was launched around the holiday season at the end of 2019. SA reports states that due to money worries during this pandemic along with reduced subsidies from carriers have led people to search for affordable options.
It’s not the first time that we are seeing budget phones topping the sales stats. Though the flagship phones come with all the Bells and whistles, they are jam-packed with all the latest features but this makes them a lot harder to afford for the consumers. While at the budget end people are getting a better price to performance Ratio. When you consider budget smartphones you get tons of options, and due to this there a tough competition among the company. They try to provide you the best experience at the particular price segment.
In the year 2019, the most sold smartphone of the year was the 2018s budget offering from Apple, iPhone XR with more than 46.3 Million shipped. While the second most sold was $699 iPhone 11, which achieved shipments of 37.3 million units for the year 2019, and third, fourth, and fifth were taken by Samsung devices. They were Galaxy A10, Galaxy A50, and Galaxy A20 attaining shipments of 30.3 million, 24.2 million, and 23.1 million units respectively.
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