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Samsung, Xiaomi dominated the top 10 smartphones globally for Q3 2020

Three smartphone manufacturers were represented in this top 10 list.

Published onNovember 10, 2020

Samsung Galaxy A51 back standing up
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  • Apple’s iPhone 11 was the top shipping smartphone of Q3 2020, according to Canalys.
  • The Samsung Galaxy A21s was the top Android phone for the quarter.
  • Samsung had four other phones on the list, while Xiaomi had three devices crack the top 10.

The third quarter of the year saw the smartphone market bounce back after the dreadful first and second quarters, with Samsung reclaiming the top spot from HUAWEI. It also saw Xiaomi emerge as the number three brand globally, passing Apple during this period.

Canalys has revealed the top 10 smartphone models shipped during Q3 2020, and Apple’s iPhone 11 was far and away the number one device during this period. Apple’s 2019 flagship shipped over 16 million units, according to the tracking firm, followed by the iPhone SE 2020 in second place.

It’s worth noting Apple didn’t release the iPhone 12 series in Q3, so all eyes will be on Q4 to see what kind of impact the new phones have on the market.

The top Android phone model for Q3 2020 was the Galaxy A21s in third place, nipping at the iPhone SE’s heels. Samsung’s phone sports a power-efficient processor and a 5,000mAh battery, making for a device that should give you two days of usage. Toss in a ~$200 price tag and a quad rear camera setup, and it seems like the Korean brand struck gold with this device.

Canalys Q3 2020 top smartphone models shipped

In fact, Samsung’s budget phones accounted for five out of the 10 spots on the list. These phones were the Galaxy A11 (fourth), Galaxy A51 (fifth), Galaxy A31 (eighth), and Galaxy A01 Core (tenth). It suggests that the brand’s focus on value for money phones is paying dividends once again.

Xiaomi was the only other manufacturer in the top 10, with the Redmi Note 9/Redmi 10X 4G (sixth), Redmi 9 (seventh), and Redmi 9A (ninth) making appearances. And with the firm reportedly cracking the top three globally and in Europe in Q3, we’re not surprised to see these phones here.

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