The Apple iPhone 6s, released back in 2015, was the best selling smartphone of 2016, according to new research from IHS Markit. The tech giant shipped a total of 60 million iPhone 6s last year. The iPhone 7, the latest iPhone from Apple, was in second with a little over 50 million units. The iPhone 7 Plus, which has new features such as a dual camera, finished in third place at more than 25 million units shipped in 2016. Samsung’s flagship phone, the Galaxy S7 Edge, finished in fifth place with 25 million units shipped last year.
The Apple iPhone 6s is not the latest release from the company but it appears that it remained a popular phone among customers in 2016 with the iPhone 7 coming with just a few changes. Apple is rumored to be releasing the iPhone 8 this year, which could also have also led to many customers buying a less expensive iPhone 6s while they wait for the new release.
Apple’s biggest competitor, Samsung, launched its Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge phones at MWC 2016. The company is planning to unveil the Galaxy S8 on March 29. The Samsung S7 finished in fifth place on the best selling smartphones of 2016 but there are good news for the flagship phones. IHS Markit says the shipments of the Samsung S7 and Samsung S7 Edge was ten million units higher than the previous release, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.
Samsung phones did not finish in first or second place but the company did have five phones on the list. IHS Markit noted that the company has seen shipment unit increases in the mid to low-tier range due to the growth in emerging markets. Samsung is planning to unveil the Galaxy S8 in six days. It will be the first flagship release of the company since the Galaxy Note 7 recall and discontinuation. The Samsung Galaxy S8 has appeared in plenty of rumors in recent weeks and the phone will be unveiled at an event on March 29. A Galaxy Note 8 is also rumored to be coming in 2017.