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7 of the 10 best selling phones in 2021 were iPhones

By Cookie Monster - on 10 Mar 2022, 12:00am

7 of the 10 best selling phones in 2021 were iPhones

The Apple iPhone 13 lineup.

The Apple iPhones were very popular among consumers worldwide last year according to Counterpoint Research's Global Monthly Handset Model Sales Tracker. 

Counterpoint's data indicates that 7 of the top 10 best selling phones were Apple iPhones. Moreover, the top five phone models were iPhones! The iPhone 12 was the best-selling model, followed by the iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 13, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 11.

The iPhone 13 was the best-selling model in Q4 2021, followed by the iPhone 13 Pro Max and the iPhone 13 Pro. Apple's stellar success was attributed to several reasons:

  • Pending demand for 5G phone upgrades
  • Strong and loyal iOS user base
  • Attractive subsidies from telcos for the iPhone 12 models
  • Delayed launch of the iPhone 12 in 2020 shifted some holiday season sales to spillover to the initial months of 2021

Samsung's Galaxy S21 phones or Galaxy Z foldable phones did not make it to the list, but its entry-level A12 took the 6th position. Xiaomi's Redmi 9A and Redmi 9 took the 7th and 10th position respectively.

Source: Counterpoint Research

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