It looks like Samsung’s recent Galaxy Note 7 gaffe caused a bigger stir in the smartphone space than originally thought. The best-selling Android smartphone in the entire world for the first quarter of this year is from OPPO.
And this isn’t even one of the company’s entry-level or midrange handsets. In fact, it’s the R9s, which is exclusive to a handful of countries. Launched in China last October along with the larger R9s Plus, the 5.5-inch R9s is best known for its 16-megapixel cameras on the front and back, as well as its six-string antenna lines design.
Looking at the numbers from Strategy Analytics, the R9s shipped 8.9 million units from January to March 2017. This places it right under Apple’s iPhone 7 pair of phones (yes, iPhone still rule globally) and right above Samsung’s budget-friendly Galaxy J3 (2016) and J5 (2016).
Here are the stats:
Although far from Apple’s 11 percent market share, leading all Androids with 2.5 percent is impressive for a phone most consumers don’t have official access to. The OPPO R9s is also more expensive than the Samsung pair, having a launch price of CNY 2,799 ($415) in its native land.
If this success is enough to convince OPPO to continue with more global shipments, we hope the stunningly red R9s comes along for the ride.