Samsung’s new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are doing magnanimously well. The company’s 2016 flagship phones have helped it earn its highest profit in two years, bringing Samsung out of the rut, to say the least. But, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge were still not the world’s most popular phones in the first half of 2016. The Galaxy Note 5 was.
Popular benchmark website, AnTuTu has released its list of the world’s most popular smartphones for H1 2016, and it comes as little surprise that Samsung occupied a total of five spots in the top 10 list. Clearly, Samsung has been more popular than any other company out there in the H1 2016, on the back of the Note 5, followed by the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, and the S7. The Galaxy S7 Edge meanwhile grabbed the sixth spot.
The Note 5 also held its top-spot in the US, during the same period, where a total of six Samsung phones made it to the top 10.
Meanwhile, relatively lesser-known companies like Xiaomi and LeEco also impressed by figuring in the top 10 list globally, courtesy the Redmi Note 3 and the Le 1S. Apple was nowhere in the scene in either list.
It must be noted that, AnTuTu as a benchmark website, holds great rapport among geeks and tech-savvy individuals. It isn’t exactly clear how the website came out with these numbers; nevertheless the fact that the Note 5 is indeed quite a fabulous device to own cannot be fully negated as well.
Also, these numbers mean the next Note device, aka the Note 7 will have bigger shoes to fill. Samsung is expected to launch the Note 7 on August 2 at its next Galaxy Unpacked event in South Korea. The device in question is said to feature a twin-curved display along with an improved S-Pen stylus. It is said to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor clubbed with up to 6 gigs of RAM and quite possibly Android N-based TouchWiz UI under the hood.
There’s still some for that, but it’s nice to see the Note 5 – launched in August 2015 – still holds ground even after the arrival of Samsung’s top-tier Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge phones.