The Galaxy A21s Was The Best-Selling Android Smartphone In Q3 2020

Samsung Galaxy A21s Blue

The Samsung Galaxy A-series smartphones are quite popular in the budget segment. According to the latest report from Canalys, the Galaxy A21s was the best-selling Android smartphone in the third quarter of 2020. Notably, Samsung has secured five spots in the world’s top 10 shipping smartphones.

Furthermore, the South Korean-giant reclaimed its No.1 spot in the smartphone market by registering a 2% year-on-year (Y-o-Y) growth. The company managed to do that even when global smartphone shipments declined by 1% Y-o-Y during the same period. Overall, the Galaxy A21s comes in third place among all smartphones shipped in the last quarter.

Galaxy A21s and four more Samsung smartphones in the top 10 list

With slightly lower sales, the low-cost Galaxy A11 occupied the fourth position. The Galaxy A51, the best-selling Android smartphone in the first quarter, has slipped to fifth place in the third quarter. Interestingly, the Galaxy A51 is also the most premium smartphone out of all the top five best-selling Samsung smartphones.


Meanwhile, the Galaxy A01 Core in the tenth place actually runs on the Android 10 Go edition. With over 16 million shipments, the Apple iPhone 11 became the world’s most popular smartphone in the previous quarter. The most affordable smartphone in the iPhone 11 lineup is the most premium smartphone in the top 10 list.

Android Go Edition-powered Galaxy A01 Core is the tenth best-selling smartphone

The affordable iPhone SE 2020 comes in the second position. Apart from Apple and Samsung, Xiaomi is the only other smartphone manufacturer to make it to the top 10 list. The low-cost Redmi Note 9, Redmi 9, and Redmi 9A came at sixth, seventh, and ninth positions respectively.

The Redmi Note 9 is also sold as the Redmi 10X 4G in some markets. Samsung has shipped 80.2 million smartphones in the third quarter and occupied about 23% of the market share. During the same period, Huawei has shipped 51.7 million smartphones but seen a 23% decline in the Y-o-Y growth.


The coronavirus pandemic might have forced customers to opt for lower-priced devices. In the first half of this year, the Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G became the best-selling 5G smartphone in the world. Now though, the newly launched Galaxy S20 FE might help the company continue to grow in the 5G segment.

Samsung will reportedly launch its Galaxy S21 series earlier than expected. As per the leaks, the company will unveil these new 2021 flagship smartphones in mid-January and start selling them by the end of that month. Still, we might continue to see budget smartphones topping the best selling smartphones list for the foreseeable future.

Best Selling Smartphones Q3 2020