iPhone 11 leads; Samsung ranked 1st based on most devices shipped in 2020: Reports

Apple’s iPhone 11 tops the list of most shipped smartphones in the year 2020, however, South Korean tech giant Samsung is the No. 1 global smartphone vendor. Huawei failed to make it to the top five global smartphone vendors.

According to a report by Omidia, first spotted by GizmoChina, Apple, Samsung, and Xiaomi are the only brands dominated the list. Over 64 million units of iPhone 11 were shipped in 2020 with an ASP(Average Selling Price) of $754(Rs. 54,700). The iPhone 11 series was launched in 2019. Last year, the list was topped by iPhone 11’s predecessor iPhone XR with 46.3 million units shipped. The second position was grabbed by the iPhone SE, launched in 2020, with a total of 24.2 million units shipped last year.

Further, iPhone 12 took the third spot in terms of most devices shipped with 23.3 million shipments with an ASP of $896(Rs. 65,000). Samsung’s A51, with an ASP of $269(Rs. 19,500), ranked fourth with 23.2 million units shipped. The fifth and sixth positions were also occupied by Samsung devices, Galaxy A21s and Galaxy A01, respectively.

Galaxy A21s shipped around 19.4 million units, ASP of $192(Rs. 14,000), on the other hand, Galaxy A01, with an ASP of $115(Rs. 8,400) recorded 16.9 million shipments. The seventh position was grabbed by Apple again. Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro Max registered 16.8 million shipments. The ASP for iPhone 12 Pro Max was $1,232 (roughly Rs. 89,300), making it the most expensive smartphone in the top 10 most shipped devices.

Samsung’s Galaxy A11, with an ASP of $158(Rs. 11,500), ranked eighth with 15.3 million units followed by Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 9 Pro, which registered 15 million devices shipped. iPhone 12 mini ranked tenth with 14.8 million units shipped. 

Interestingly, iPhone 12 mini made it to the top ten and shipped more than iPhone 12 Pro despite various reports suggested that iPhone 12 mini experienced a reduction in sales.

Another report from Gartner, suggests that Apple shipped more smartphones than any other manufacturer in the last quarter of 2020, followed by Samsung. Apple achieved this feat for the first time after 2016. The report mentioned that the 5G capable devices launched by Apple boosted the sales for the firm.

Global shipments experienced a dip of 5.4% YoY in Q4 2020. Apple shipped almost 80 million units in the last Q4 2020 with a market share of 20.8%. Samsung shipped over 62 million devices, with a market share of 16.2%, in Q4 2020.

Sales in Q4 2020 in thousands
Source: Gartner

However, Samsung topped the list in terms of the highest smartphones shipped in total 2020 despite experiencing a 14.6% YoY decline. Apple and Xiaomi are the firms that experienced positive YoY growth.

Huawei, after facing a ban from Google and failing to get US sanctions, experienced the maximum decline in terms of shipment of its smartphones and lost the second position to Apple.

Total sales in 2020 in thousands
Source: Gartner

Apple’s business is seasonal and registers most sales in the last quarter of the year, usually the time when Apple releases its iPhones. Global shipments fell by 12.5% in 2020, however, Apple managed to increase its sales by 3.3%.