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Apple and Samsung together had 8 out of 10 Most Revenue-Generating Smartphones in Q4 2017

by Juha Winter | Apr 19, 2018

Last quarter, we talked about Apple having 6 out of 10 most revenue-generating smartphones. In Q4 2017, Apple had just one less model in the top-10, as the iPhone 6s had fallen in rank to no.11. This is not to say Apple didn’t have a successful Q4 in terms of the revenue generated by individual models -- quite the opposite. The iPhone X alone generated a whopping 25% of all smartphone revenue globally, and the three leading models were all from the Cupertino, CA based vendor. Samsung had notable success, too, with its Note 8 and the Galaxy S8 / S8+.

Generally speaking the US$600+ wholesale price tier, which includes Apple’s latest generation flagship devices as well as the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and S8+, is clearly the largest price tiers of in terms of revenue generated. Compared to the previous quarter, there was very substantial growth in the revenue share of this ultra-high-end price tier, and the price tier accounted for roughly half of all smartphone revenue in Q4’17, looking at the top-500 revenue-generating models in particular.

Interested in seeing how different smartphone vendors and models occupy the different price tiers and what their shipments, revenue, and wholesale ASP are? Then refer to the report Global Top-500 Smartphone Revenue, Value Share, ASP, and Price Band by Model: Q4 2017, available to clients of our SMT service.

iPhone X in gray

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