According to a new report from Strategy Analytics, Apple sold the most 5G-enabled smartphones worldwide in the third quarter of 2021. Apple’s lead over the competition is evident a few months after its latest iPhone 13 series was launched on September 14th, while prices for its first 5G-enabled smartphones, the iPhone 12 series, have been lowered. Meanwhile, according to the analyst firm, companies like Xiaomi, Samsung and Oppo were the companies that shipped the most 5G-enabled Android smartphones in the third quarter.
According to a report by Strategy Analytics, Apple accounted for a quarter of all 5G shipments worldwide in the third quarter of 2021. While Apple sold the most 5G smartphones worldwide, the company’s closest competitor on the Android front is Xiaomi, which launched several smartphones under its Xiaomi. Redmi and Poco this year. However, according to the report, Xiaomi’s performance stalled in the third quarter of 2021 due to increased competition.
While Xiaomi may have stalled after seeing dramatic growth in the second quarter of 2021, Strategy Analytics says Samsung appears to have seen significant growth in Europe, while Oppo has seen growth in China. Globally, in the third quarter of 2021, after the market launch of the high-end smartphone Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3, the Galaxy S21 Ultra and the cheaper A-series smartphones, Samsung Oppo beat the company as the second-largest supplier of 5G Android smartphones after Xiaomi.
In terms of growth, Honor emerged as the fastest growing brand on the 5G front quarter on quarter. The company used to be a sub-brand of Huawei, but the latter divested Honor earlier this year to survive US sanctions. Honor’s most popular 5G-enabled smartphones in the third quarter of 2021 were Honor 50 5G, Honor 50 SE, and Honor 50 Pro 5G, which are helping the brand gain popularity in China, according to the report.