India accounts for three of Xiaomi's top five global sales channels

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Overall, 334.3 million smartphones were shipped in Q1, a drop of 2.9% when compared to Q1 2017 when 344.4 million smartphones were shipped.

It is not the first time when Apple iPhone X emerged as the most selling smartphone in a quarter. iPhone X secured the top position as the most selling smartphone in Q4 2017 with the sales figure of 29 million units.

"In the U.S. and the European top five markets, iPhone 8 sold in marginally higher numbers than the flagship iPhone X, indicating that as early iPhone X demand is fulfilled the price difference between the two devices is playing a notable role in consumers' choices". "It now looks as if consumers are not willing to shell out this kind of money for a new device that brings minimal upgrades over their current device". "Looking forward, more affordable premium devices might be the solution the market needs in the second half of the year to drive shipments back in a positive direction". Chinese smartphone maker Huawei is on the third spot with 39.3 million smartphones shipments with an 11.8 percent market share, an increase of 3.8 percent over Q1 2017.

Smartphone sales fell 3 percent in the March quarter compared with a year earlier, as consumers in developed countries such as the US and China balk at upgrading to more expense phones.

“There have been no signs of recovery since the market started to decline in Q4 previous year, ” said Rushabh Doshi, Research Manager at Canalys.

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Wonder which are the highest-selling smartphones in the world this year? Outside of the new flagships, the A series and J series continued to drive most of the key volume in both developed and emerging markets. In the US, Apple iPhone shipments were up 8 per cent year on year at 16.7 million.

Xiaomi does not yet officially sell its smartphones in the USA and, unlike rival Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE, has not been caught up in the middle of ongoing trade and technology disputes between the two countries. Combined together, Apple today accounts for four of the world's six most popular smartphone models.

Lee was also spotted in Xiaomi and Samsung retail shops in China, according to multiple reports from Chinese local media and the country's famed social networking platform Weibo. Smartphone buyers shunned the ultra-high-end smartphone in favour of more budget offerings. They are followed by a Chinese consumer electronics retail company, a consumer electronics distributor based in India and the Indian operation of a leading worldwide ecommerce company, Xiaomi said in its filings, without identifying them. But recent quarterly estimate and forecast data taken from Canalys' Smartphone Analysis service has shown that the Chinese market is now nearing stagnation. CEO Tim Cook, however, acclaimed the iPhone X as Apple's "best-selling" phone.

We reported on April 24 that Xiaomi overtook Samsung in India for the first time in a stunning rise. Xiaomi has found the 4th position by beating Oppo.

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