Oppo R9s ranked as best-selling Android handset of 2017
The Oppo R9s makes surprise appearance in top five best-selling smartphones of Q1 2017
Apple‘s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were, by far, the world’s two top-selling smartphones during the first quarter of 2017, according to data from Strategy Analytics. The list also features a surprise entry in third place, where the Oppo R9s rides high as the best-selling Android handset of the year so far, beating models from Samsung, Huawei and LG.
Almost nine million of the Chinese handsets were sold in Q1 2017. This 5.5-inch phone is strongly focused on photos, with a main 16-Megapixel camera with wide-angle lens and a 16-Megapixel front-facing camera for high-res selfies. It sells in China for the equivalent of just over €370/$400. The Oppo R9s takes third place in the Q1 top five, ahead of the Samsung Galaxy J3 and J5.
Top five highest-selling smartphones worldwide in Q1 2017
1. iPhone 7 (21.5M)
2. iPhone 7 Plus (17.4M)
3. Oppo R9s (8.9M)
4. Samsung Galaxy J3 (6.1M)
5. Samsung Galaxy J5 (5M)
Strategy Analytics also reports that Chinese manufacturer Oppo is now the number one smartphone seller in China and the fourth worldwide, behind Samsung, Apple and fellow Chinese brand Huawei. Although not distributed in all global markets, the brand currently has a range of smartphones which, on paper, have little to envy of competitors.
Founded in 2004, Oppo first of all specialized in making MP3 and then Blu-ray players, before launching into the smartphone sector in 2011 and gradually branching out beyond its home market of China. The brand makes a range of well-finished products with stylish designs and unbeatable price tags compared to Samsung and Apple handsets. The firm’s higher-end models aren’t lacking in innovation either, with functions including a “flash” recharge mode to fill up the battery in just 15 minutes.
Oppo is a subsidiary of BBK Electronics, a major Chinese group that also owns smartphone brands Vivo and OnePlus. As well as China, Oppo products are currently sold throughout South-East Asia, the Middle East, the USA, Australia, and in certain European and African countries.