The makers of smartphone benchmarking app AnTuTu have released a list of the 10 most popular smartphones for the first half of 2016, only days after showing us the fastest smartphones during the same period. This time, however, the list is heavily dominated by Samsung smartphones.
What is the most popular smartphone? This is one of the most common questions we see after which phones are the fastest. Indeed, if a smartphone is selling well and is popular, it is usually a good sign. It might also be reason enough to buy a smartphone.
To measure the popularity of a smartphone, AnTuTu relied on statistics from devices that were tested on its platform. We must therefore take the rankings with a pinch of salt. And for more precision, AnTuTu has published a list of the most popular smartphones in the world, but also in specific countries.
If we look at the top 10 best-selling smartphones in the world, we immediately see Samsung dominating with five devices: the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The rest of the ranking consists of Chinese smartphones (Xiaomi, Meizu, LEECO) and one from LG. This news shouldn't come as such a surprise – Samsung is the biggest manufacturer worldwide.
As you can see below, the rankings for the US market show that Samsung is very dominant. There are six Samsung devices in the top 10, with the Note 4 and Note 5 at the top of the pile. Nexus devices are also popular, with the Nexus 6P, Nexus 6 and Nexus 5X also in there. The OnePlus One sits at number nine.
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With additional contributions from editor Pierre Vitré.