Apple's iPhone 6s outperformed every Samsung handset in 2016

Warding off challenges from other premium, as well as low-priced, competition, Apple's iPhone 6s and 7 models were the best selling smartphones worldwide in 2016, according to IHS Markit. In a press release, IHS Markit also said that Apple has an ability to sell older devices for an extended period of time.

In fact, Apple had such a massive lead over fellow competitors that the first non-iPhone entry in the report - Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge - comes at number five.

Specifically, it was the iPhone 6s that took the top spot in 2016, according to shipment data.

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The iPhone 7 was the second most shipped a year ago with over 50 million units, and the iPhone 7 Plus came in third with over 25 million. Both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus are going to be announced on March 29 and with pre-orders from Target expected to commence from April 2, it looks like you will not have to muster a significant amount of patience to purchase your dream Android smartphone.

Samsung sold about 10 million S7 and S7 Edge devices a year ago, which is higher than the sales of S6 and S6 Edge over the same period of time. Perhaps, Samsung will launch the Blue Coral option - which is available for the Galaxy S7 edge - in the long term and not at launch.

Huawei, the third largest smartphone manufacturer after Apple and Samsung, failed to make it to the top 10 list.

Registering 109% year-to-year growth, China's OPPO rose up the ranks of the world's leading smartphone OEMs, rising to fourth place, up from seventh in 2015.

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