Samsung's A51 is the best-selling mid-range smartphone right now

Samsung phones make up four of the top six best-selling phones in the first quarter of 2020

Tech Desk May 28, 2020

Samsung's recently released mid-range Galaxy A51 is the top-selling Android phone globally in the first quarter of 2020.

The smartphone giant shipped six million Galaxy A51 4G smartphones in the quarter which accumulated to 2% of the overall Android market, according to Strategy Analytics, a research firm.

Global smartphone shipments reached 275 million units in the quarter, of which Android phones made up 86%.

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The company's second best-selling phone is the high-end Galaxy S20 Plus, followed by the Galaxy A10s, which retails for about $130.

Samsung phones make up four of the top six best-selling phones other two being Xiaomi's Redmi 8 and Redmi Note 8, reports Strategic Analytics.

Samsung in April reported lower smartphone sales but higher than expected sales of the Galaxy S20 Ultra in the first quarter.

However, the company does expect a fall in demand due to the pandemic and increased competition as smartphone giants try to weak sales.

"Android is entering a post-premium era," said Juha Winter, associate director at Strategy Analytics.

"As mobile operators have reduced subsidies in recent years, and many countries are now tumbling into post-virus recession, smartphone consumers globally are becoming increasingly price-sensitive and they are seeking out new Android models that deliver the biggest bang for their buck," added Winter.

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The research firm also suggests that Apple iPhone shipments fell only 8% due to strong iPhone 11 sales, while Xiaomi's shipments grew 9% and Huawei has been dealing with both the coronavirus and the absence of Google apps on its recently launched P series smartphone.

Smartphone shipment fell in February fell by 38% year-on-year due to the outbreak of coronavirus, reports Strategy Analytics.

“February 2020 saw the biggest-ever fall in the history of the worldwide smartphone market,” said Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics.

This fall is mostly attributed to the pandemic of coronavirus and its robust impact on the economy.

This article was originally published on ZDNet.

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