Apple’s iPhone XR was reportedly the best selling iPhone in the world in 2019. Apple is believed to have shipped 46.3 million iPhone XR smartphones (current starting price of $800 CDN). The iPhone XR was released in September 2018.

London-based research firm Omdia (press release below) reported that the second best selling smartphone worldwide in 2019 was the iPhone 11 (current starting price of $980 CDN) with 37.3 million units sold.

The report states that Samsung’s mid-range Galaxy A10 was the best selling Android phone of 2019 with 30.3 million units shipped.

Side Note »

While some news outlets might refer to the iPhone XR to be the budget option, it’s not. It’s not close to being a budget option, unless you never leave the Silicon Valley bubble.

While the iPhone XR may be $150 cheaper than when first introduced, and $100 cheaper then the current iPhone 11, it’s far from a budget smartphone when compared to one year-old high-end Android phones. The Samsung Galaxy S10+, for example, is barely one year old and it’s already half price at $450 US. And the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, first released in August 2019, was discounted today by a massive $550 US on Amazon.

Though the price has come down since it’s introduction in 2018, the iPhones XR is still quite expensive, priced at $800 CDN for the 64GB version, and $870 CDN for the recommended 128GB version. To help protect that hefty investment, one might choose to add Apple Care ($200), a protective case ($50+), a screen protector ($50+), and then there is the inescapable sales taxes. Only those living within a bubble could call this a budget phone with a straight face.

People who are buying Apple products know they are paying premium prices. There’s even a term for it – the Apple tax.

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Omdia Press Release »

Apple’s iPhone XR dominates smartphone model shipment ranking in 2019

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G leads the critical 5G segment

LONDON (Feb 25, 2020) — The iPhone XR was the world’s most popular smartphone in 2019, easily out-shipping all other models and extending Apple’s record of perennially offering the market’s top-selling product.

Apple shipped 46.3 million iPhone XR smartphones last year, more than doubling the 23.1 million units in 2018, according to Omdia’s Smartphone Model Market Tracker report. iPhone XR shipments in 2019 were 9 million units higher than the second-most popular model, Apple’s iPhone 11, which achieved shipments of 37.3 million units for the year.

“Apple has consistently owned the first and second positions in the global smartphone model shipment ranking, with the company maintaining this dominant position for more than five years running,” said Jusy Hong, smartphone research and analysis director at Omdia. “The company’s continued dominance on this front is all the more remarkable when considering that Apple’s price hikes caused overall iPhone shipments to decline last year. By limiting the number of models it offers compared to its top competitors, Apple has been able to concentrate its sales on a few smartphones that have broad appeal, like the iPhone XR.”

The cheapest iPhone model released last year, the iPhone 11, was priced at $699, up $50 from $649 of iPhone 7 in 2016. The most expensive iPhone model—iPhone 11 Pro Max—was priced at $1,449 in 2019, jumping by a huge margin from $969 for Apple’s most expensive smartphone in 2016, the iPhone 7 Plus. As iPhone sales prices rose continuously, Apple’s overall shipments declined for two consecutive years, dropping by 5.1 percent in 2018 and by 4.6 percent in 2019.

Samsung spreads its bets in the smartphone market

Samsung-made smartphones occupied the third through fifth ranks in 2019, with the company’s Galaxy A10, Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A20 attaining shipments of 30.3 million, 24.2 million and 23.1 million units respectively. Samsung also took 10th place.

Four of Samsung’s models ranked among the top-10 in 2019, up from three in 2018. However, the Galaxy S10 series, Samsung’s flagship model in 2019, did not make the top 10. In 2018, the flagship Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus models ranked seventh and eighth respectively.

“Samsung’s top models in 2019 were the A-series and J-series, both of which are mid and low-priced models,” said Gerrit Schneeman, senior analyst, smartphones for Omdia. “Samsung in 2019 greatly increased the number of variants of its flagship model by introducing low-priced models, along with 5G smartphones. Omdia believes that shipments are dispersed among the variants, preventing the Galaxy S10 from attaining higher total shipments.”

The highest ranking for a Samsung smartphone was fourth place in 2018.

Xiaomi model slips into the top-10

Just as in 2018, Apple and Samsung owned nine out of 10 models in the shipment ranking in 2019. The lone model from another brand was Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7, which came in eighth last year.

Xiaomi’s Note series is priced in the mid-$120 range and is sold primarily in emerging markets such as India and Southeast Asia. The Redmi Note series attained 10 million shipments annually in 2017 and 2018, but the volume increased significantly to 16.4 million units in 2019. This growth was the result of Xiaomi’s expansion in the Indian market.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 takes early 5G lead

Shipments of 5G smartphones totaled 14.7 million units in 2019. While this accounted for just 1.1 percent of total smartphone shipments, 5G represents a fast-rising segment of the smartphone market that’s set to become the dominant wireless standard in the coming years.

Of all 5G smartphones, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G shipped the most, with 2.6 million units in 2019. Huawei’s Mate 30 Pro 5G came in a close second, with 2.5 million units, just 100,000 fewer than the Samsung model.

Samsung’s smartphones accounted for nearly half of all 5G smartphone shipments in 2019, with the third through to fifth places taken by Samsung’s Galaxy Series.

In 2019, Samsung accounted for 49 percent of the global 5G smartphone market, while Huawei ranked second with 27 percent. China’s vivo and Oppo took 12 percent and 5 percent, respectively. As Chinese OEMs are launching a large number of mid-priced 5G phones starting in the fourth quarter of 2019, the share of Chinese makers is expected to increase rapidly.