Apple surpassed Samsung as the world’s biggest smartphone maker in Q4/2016

Apple surpassed Samsung as the world’s biggest smartphone maker in Q4/2016

Samsung has long been the world’s biggest smartphone maker. Last year, South Korean smartphone giant ruled the smartphone market with more than 80 million units sold during the first quarter. However, according to technology research firm Strategy Analytics, Apple has officially overthrown Samsung as the world’s number one smartphone maker for the first time in five years thanks to its impressive record sales.

Accordingly, Cupertino-based company shipped a total of 78.3 million smartphone units in Q4/2016, giving it a 17.8 percent market share. Samsung, on the other hand, sold 77.5 million smartphone units worldwide in the final quarter of 2016, down from 81.3 million units reported during the same period last year.


According to tech experts, it comes as no surprise that Samsung lost its number one position to Apple in the last quarter of the year, as the South Korean smartphone maker had to cancel one of its anticipated smartphones of the year, Galaxy Note 7 due to catching fire reports. Samsung, last month, revealed that revenue at the mobile division had declined to their lowest level in five years after Note 7 fiasco. Apple, on the other hand, reported a steady 5 percent increase in smartphone shipments from Q4/2015 to Q4/2016.

However, with regards to the full year of 2016, Samsung remained its leading position with 20.8 percent market share, compared to Apple’s 14.5 percent. Apple is expecting to sell more than 53 million smartphone units in the first quarter of 2017. Besides, the September launch of iPhone 8 is expected to boost Apple’s iPhone sales this year. This year’s iPhone 8 has long been rumored to come with a radical design change and a number of exciting features. Accordingly, iPhone 8 might feature flexible plastic OLED and a glass body that’s similar to the body used in the iPhone 4. Besides, the phone will be powered by a 10-nanometer A11 chip and feature wireless charging.

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