According to the report, the Apple iPhone dominated the list of the top 10 best-selling smartphones in the world in 2021. The iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro Max, and iPhone 13 were some of the best-selling phones of the year. Apple introduced the iPhone 13 series in 2021, which captured the attention of consumers in the fourth quarter. However, the iPhone 12 series continued to delight buyers in the market around the world – thanks to the same design and list of similarities with the iPhone 13 models. Apart from Apple, Xiaomi and Samsung were the only two companies to make the list of best-selling smartphones in 2021.
Research company Counterpoint in its report said the top five models in 2021 were from Apple. The iPhone 12 was the top-selling model, followed by the iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 13, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 11. According to the report, the top three models on the list account for 41 percent of Apple’s total sales. .
iPhone SE (2020) and iPhone 13 Pro Max not only took the top five positions, but also entered the top ten best-selling smartphones in the world in 2021. Counterpoint also noted that the iPhone 13 was the top-selling model in the fourth quarter, followed by the iPhone 13 Pro Max and iPhone 13 Pro.
Apart from Apple, the Samsung Galaxy A12 is ranked sixth in the world’s top 10 best-selling smartphones.
Counterpoint predicted that the South Korean company will continue the success of the Galaxy A12 with its Galaxy A13 5G successor, which debuted in the US in December.
Xiaomi Redmi 9A and Redmi 9 also joined the list in 2021. Both phones accounted for 22 percent of the company’s total sales, according to the firm.
Overall, the top 10 best-selling smartphone models accounted for 19 percent of global smartphone sales in 2021. That’s up three percent from 16 percent in 2020, Counterpoint reports.
The firm also highlighted that there were over 4,200 active smartphone models in the global market in 2021.
“The share of the top 10 models is increasing compared to last year, indicating that brands are focusing on their flagship models and in some cases are making their portfolios more compact,” said Karn Chauhan, Senior Analyst at Counterpoint.
He added that as entry-level models faced component shortages in 2021, the market has seen a faster uptake of key features in the mid-range segment.