These were the most popular flagship phones in the first quarter

These were the most popular flagship phones in the first quarter

Ryan Haines/Android Authority


  • The tracking company, Canalys, revealed the most popular high-end phones in the first quarter of 2023.
  • Four of the top five spots were taken by Apple iPhones.
  • The Galaxy S23 Ultra was the best Android phone out there, with other S23 models also on the list.

The smartphone industry is currently experiencing a slump in terms of total shipments, with a two-fold decrease compared to last year. But it turns out that the high-end ($500 and above) segment has bucked the trend.

Canalys follows open The high-end segment has grown by 4.7% compared to last year. The company also put out a list of the top 15 most popular high-end phones by sale (sales to retailers).

Apple’s iPhones were expected to rank first, with the iPhone 14 Pro Max, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14, and iPhone 13 in the first, second, third, and fourth positions, respectively. Otherwise, the iPhone 14 Plus (sixth) and iPhone 12 (eighth) round out Apple’s contributions.

Infographic for high-end phones from Canalys Q1 2023

Samsung has also presented six devices in this segment. It is worth noting that the Galaxy S23 Ultra landed in fifth place, surpassing the iPhone 14 Plus. The other notable entry was the Galaxy Z Flip 4, which finished in 10th place and the only foldable on the list. The Galaxy S23 (7th), Galaxy S23 Plus (9th), Galaxy S22 (12th), and Galaxy S21 FE (15th) also made the top 15.

Finally, the Xiaomi 13 (13) and HUAWEI Mate 50 (14) were the only non-Apple or Samsung phones on this list of flagship phones.

In any case, Samsung may take heart from the fact that it beat the iPhone 14 model (albeit the iPhone 14 Plus). But the Korean company is believed to be preparing for a tough second quarter and will launch pre-Unpacked to deliver a strong Q3.

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