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Apple Sold Most 5G Smartphones in Q3 2021, Samsung Grows as Xiaomi Stalls: Strategy Analytics

Samsung, Xiaomi, and Oppo sold the most 5G smartphones on the Android front.

Apple Sold Most 5G Smartphones in Q3 2021, Samsung Grows as Xiaomi Stalls: Strategy Analytics

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Apple recently launched the iPhone 13 series, while cutting prices of the iPhone 12 series

Highlights
  • Honor was reportedly the fastest growing brand
  • Xiaomi’s growth reportedly stalled due to increasing competition
  • Samsung edged out Oppo in third place after Xiaomi

Apple sold the most 5G-enabled smartphones globally in Q3 2021, according to a new report by Strategy Analytics. Apple's lead over the competition is visible a couple of months after the company launched its latest iPhone 13 series on September 14, while cutting prices of its first 5G-enabled smartphones, the iPhone 12 series. Meanwhile, companies such as Xiaomi, Samsung, and Oppo were the companies that shipped the most 5G-enabled Android smartphones in the third quarter, according to the analysis firm.

According to a report by Strategy Analytics, Apple accounted for a quarter of all global 5G shipments in Q3 2021. While Apple sold the most 5G smartphones globally, the company's closest competitor on the Android front is Xiaomi, which released multiple smartphones under its Xiaomi, Redmi, and Poco brands this year. However, according to the report, Xiaomi's year-on-year performance for Q3 2021 has stalled due to increased competition.

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According to the analytics firm, Xiaomi's growth appears to have stalled in Q3 2021
Photo Credit: Strategy Analytics

While Xiaomi may have stalled after witnessing a dramatic growth in Q2 2021, Strategy Analytics says that Samsung appears to have seen considerable growth in Europe, while Oppo saw growth in China. Globally, Samsung beat Oppo to become the second-leading 5G Android smartphone vendor after Xiaomi in Q3 2021, following the launch of the high-end Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3, the Galaxy S21 Ultra and the more affordable A-Series smartphones, according to the firm.

In terms of growth, Honor turned out to be the brand which grew the fastest quarter-over-quarter on the 5G front. The firm was formerly a sub-brand of Huawei, but the latter divested Honor this year to survive sanctions from the US. Honor's most popular 5G enabled smartphones in Q3 2021 were Honor 50 5G, Honor 50 SE, and Honor 50 Pro 5G, helping the brand grow in popularity in China, according to the report.


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