According to a survey published by Counterpoint, the iPhone 12 was the best-selling smartphone in the world in January 2021. And Apple’s success doesn’t stop there. The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max came in second and third place, respectively, on the same list of best-selling smartphones worldwide. The iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max accounted for 71 percent of Apple’s smartphone sales in January 2021, according to the survey.
Last year, Apple released the iPhone 12 series in October, rather than September as normal. The iPhone 12 series, which includes the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max, all support 5G and have a new design compared to the iPhone 11 series. And it appears that these two new features were instrumental in propelling the iPhone 12 series to the forefront, outperforming the competition.
Apple’s iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 11, and iPhone SE 2020 were all among the top ten best-selling smartphones in January 2021, according to Counterpoint’s Market Pulse survey, giving Apple six of the top ten spots as well as the top three. The iPhone 11 was fourth on the chart, followed by the iPhone 12 mini in eighth place, and the iPhone SE 2020, which was released earlier this year, in tenth place.
The study also stated that the United States accounted for nearly one-third of Apple’s iPhone 12 series revenue, which is unsurprising. Strong carrier promotions and the market for 5G in the United States were the primary reasons for Apple’s iPhone 12 series’ success, according to Counterpoint. In the United States, the iPhone 12 Pro Max was the most common model.
It’s also not shocking to see the iPhone 11 from 2019 on the list of best-sellers for 2021. According to estimates, the iPhone 11 was the most popular smartphone worldwide in 2020, with over 64.8 million units sold. It is clear that the system has managed to maintain its momentum.
Apart from the six iPhones, the Redmi 9A and Redmi 9 ranked fifth and sixth, respectively, on the list of best-sellers. In January 2021, the combined sales of these two phones accounted for 25% of Xiaomi’s overall smartphone sales. Samsung took the final two spots, with the Samsung Galaxy A21S in seventh place and the Samsung Galaxy A31 in ninth place.
“With the 5G network rollouts picking pace, OEMs are launching more 5G devices across various price segments. 5G is slowly becoming a standard offering and as prices continue to come down, we will see more mid-tier 5G capable smartphones in the bestseller list in the coming months”, said Counterpoint Research Associate Monika Sharma.