The market is full of positive and negative reviews about these two smartphones.
"The average selling prices of smartphones is increasing in emerging markets, too, with users upgrading from entry-level to the mid-smartphone segment", said Pathak. "Hence, we expect OEMs to accelerate their go to market strategy and expansion in parts of Africa and rest of the APAC region to capture the growing demand in CY 2018".
"Globally, as well as in China, a key bellwether, smartphone consumers are trading up to more premium devices, but there are no longer as many new smartphone converts, resulting in shipments dropping", IDC associate research director Melissa Chau said in a statement.
The 100 million dipping of shipment volume in the Chinese market was the main reason for the resulted decline. Huawei also reintroduced its Honor brand in a couple of markets in Southeast Asia, where the high-end P series and Mate series are less popular.
Across all iPhone models, Apple took in $728 per phone in the quarter, up from $655 a year earlier, according to IDC. This is impressive enough if we look at the market share of 3.6 percent reported in the first quarter of 2017. Shipments in the U.S. rose 8 percent year on year at 16.7 million while China was relatively flat at 9.3 million, down just 0.6 percent annually. The non-Apple devices on the top 6 slots are the Redmi 5A and the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus.
This is the report for Q1 2018 and seeing how this is the start of the year this trend could change.
Apple shipped 52.2 million iPhones during Q1 2018, up 3 percent as compared to the same quarter a year ago. iPhone X remains the top seller for Apple during the quarter. This means the iPhone X is still on top of the game after securing the same position in the previous quarter.
Leading up to its earnings, there were rumors that Apple might abandon the iPhone X because of its high retail price.
Huawei was denied access to the U.S. market but still managed to ship 39.3 million units in Q1, grabbing 11.2% of the market.
The biggest victor, however, was Xiaomi, whose sales increased by more than 37% in the Q1 of 2018. Xiaomi launched its products in Spain months ago, while it recently agreed to sell its products via Three UK, and in a number of other markets in Europe, including Italy.
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. The most prominent increase is from Xiaomi which doubled its shipments, surpassing Oppo and pushing vivo out of the Top 5.
LG came in seventh with 11.4 million phones sold, down 23 percent.
Article continues below image, please read on - an OS market share chart is at the end of the article. While the Motorola brand did well, it was Lenovo smartphones that registered decline during the quarter. Motorola did well but the sales for Lenovo smartphones declines in India and rest of APAC. If you have the Samsung Galaxy S8 for example, you might not want to upgrade to the S9.
Talking about the numbers we see that the smartphone shipments have increased dramatically from 2012 to 2014 and then it becomes stable (mostly) from there to 2016. Huawei has managed to significantly increase its presence across the big five European markets and it now holds nearly a fifth of sales in the three months to March 2018 - 19.0%, up from 14.4% a year earlier. Selling phones with the latest processors and features at half the price of competing devices, it used buzzy flash sales to attract online customers mostly ignored by competitors. Here in Q1 2018, no one smartphone has that great a command over the market. All other brands combined shipped 112.7 units, a decline of 18.5 per cent.