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These were the 10 best-selling cell phones in the world last year

Not always the most advanced phone –top of the range– of a brand is the one that achieves a greater volume of sales. Nor the one with a closer release date. To reflect the preferences of consumers, the consultancy Omdia elaborated, like every year, the list of the 10 best-selling equipment globally in 2021. And there were some surprises.

The big hit was the Samsung Galaxy A12, considered an entry-level range, which reached the first position in this ranking, beating the mighty Apple team that, despite having fewer models than its rivals – it launches one per year with up to four variants – it always remained at the top.

Since it was launched in the market, during the fourth quarter of 2020, the quarterly shipments during 2021 of the Galaxy A12 have exceeded 10 million unitsexcept in the second quarter, when the firm experienced a production shortage due to the new spread of the pandemic in India and Vietnam.

All the models of the ranking.

In its inventory, the firm released a total of 51.8 million units in 2021. This is the first Samsung model which exceeded 50 million in one year and ranked first in terms of shipments among more than a thousand models of smartphones, according to Omdia’s 4Q21 market tracker.

As the rivalry with Chinese companies (Xiaomi, Oppo, Huawei, Vivo) intensifies, the possibility of establishing a technical difference is more limited. In this way, Samsung’s strategy was to strengthen its line of intermediate products and, as of 2019, the J series was merged with the A, achieving more attractive equipment.

Samsung Galaxy A12 managed to exceed 50 million units.

Samsung Galaxy A12 managed to exceed 50 million units.

At the same time, the South Korean firm widened the frontier of its models, adding privilege features such as adopting multiple cameras, longer battery life, fast charging, or an octa-core chip. All representative features of the advanced ranges.

“Although the average selling price of Apple iPhones, which are included in the top 10, is 5 times higher than the Galaxy A12, it is the most efficient model of Samsung, with more than 50 million units per year as a model. unique,” ​​said Jusy Hong, research manager at Omdia.

The Apple team

The iPhone 12 was in second place.

The iPhone 12 was in second place.

From second to fourth place, the iPhone tanks with version 12, 13 and 11 are positioned, who shipped a total of 41.7, 34.9 and 33.6 million units respectively. these mobiles belong to the regular models of the series. The Pro and Pro Max come further back.

The iPhone 13, which Apple launched this year, has the second cheapest model after the iPhone 13 mini. The lowest price starts with 128GB of memory, at an unlocked price of $829, which is the same price as the 64GB iPhone 12 released last year.

However, the average selling price of the 13 was increased compared to last year’s model, due to the launch of a terminal with greater memory capacity.

Despite the increase in the selling price, iPhone 13 shipments recorded 34.9 million unitsan increase of more than 100,000 units compared to the 23.3 million units of the iPhone 12 last year.

The model that ranked fifth is Xiaomi’s Redmi 9A, a terminal that is available locally. managed to dispatch a total of 26.8 million units and the model’s average selling price was $78 per year.

Xiaomi Redmi 9A.  6.5 screen"Gorilla Glass 5, 13 MP camera, 4,000 mAh battery and 32 GB of storage.

Xiaomi Redmi 9A. 6.5″ screen, Gorilla Glass 5, 13 MP camera, 4,000 mAh battery and 32 GB of storage.

This represents a tenth of Apple’s iPhone models ranked at the top of shipments.

The other iPhones took places 6 to 9, and shipments of the Pro model increased significantly. Although the model’s average selling price is over $1,000, shipments far exceeded the 20 million units.

Apple’s total annual shipments last year recorded 234.5 million units, of which 39% were models with an average selling price of more than a thousand dollars. This is the highest percentage in Apple’s history.

“Apple’s dominance in the premium market is strengthening as consumer demand for smartphones grows as the pandemic situation eases,” Hong says.

last positions

Samsung Galaxy A02.  6.5 PLS IPS screen"3 GB of RAM, 5,000 mAh battery, Android 10 with the One UI 2.0 layer.

Samsung Galaxy A02. 6.5″ PLS IPS screen, 3 GB of RAM, 5,000 mAh battery, Android 10 with One UI 2.0 layer.

The last place in the top 10 is occupied by Samsung’s Galaxy A02, which has a higher degree of aspirational although it is far from the Olympus of the Galaxy S. Last year a total of 18.3 million units. It is the second cheapest model after the Xiaomi Redmi 9A in the top 10.

In the top 10, Apple included a total of seven models, Samsung two, and Xiaomi one model. Compared to last year, Apple added two more models, while Samsung had two fewer models. Xiaomi put a model in the top 10, but the ranking jumped from ninth place last year to fifth this year.


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