The top 10 best-selling smartphone models contributed 19% to the total global smartphone unit sales in 2021, according to Counterpoint Research’s Global Monthly Handset Model Sales Tracker

Apple, Samsung and Xiaomi were the only brands that made it to the 2021 top 10 list. There were more than 4,200 active smartphone models in the market in 2021

Apple secured seven spots in the list, its highest ever. Xiaomi captured two spots while Samsung captured only one. The top five models in 2021 were from Apple.

The Apple iPhone 12 was on the first spot in the best-selling smartphone accounting for 2.9 percent of global smartphone sales in the respective year

On the second spot is the iPhone 12 Pro Max accounting for 2.2% of global smartphone sales in 2021, on the third is the iPhone 13 with a 2.1% share in global sales

iPhone 12 Pro gets the fourth position with around 2.1% share. On the fifth is the iPhone 11, which is still going strong despite now being two generations old

Similar to last year, the list did not feature any Samsung high-end devices but rather the budget-oriented Galaxy A12 kept the company in the sixth position

Xiaomi took advantage of its low to mid-range models with huge success in Asia pacific markets. Redmi 9A and Redmi 9 featured in the seventh and tenth positions 

The iPhone SE 2020 also remained a popular choice for customers, enjoying a 1.6% share of the total smartphone sales in  the year 2021 and placed on 8th position

The iPhone 13 Pro Max comes in at the ninth position in the top ten list edging out the iPhone 13 Pro which did not make it in the top 10 best selling smartphone list