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Galaxy S7 edge is the top-selling Android phone so far this year

Samsung managing to sell a boatload of phones shouldn't come as any surprise, but the company outdid itself in the first half of 2016. According to Strategy Analytics, the Galaxy S7 edge topped shipment charts with 13.3 million units. The Galaxy S7 was third overall with 11.8 million shipments.

Samsung crowded out the top three spots, with the entry-level Galaxy J2 2016 coming in at second place with 13 million shipments. That number speaks volumes of Samsung's marketing might, as the Galaxy J2 2016 is basically made up of recycled hardware from 2012. Retailing for the equivalent of $150 in countries like India and China, the Galaxy J2 2016 offers a 5-inch 720p display, a Spreadtrum SC8830 SoC (with Cortex A7 cores!), 1.5GB RAM, paltry 8GB of storage, microSD slot, and a 2600mAh battery. Aggressive marketing combined with availability in tier 2 and tier 3 cities allowed Samsung to outdo much better alternatives from the likes of Lenovo, Xiaomi, Huawei, and others.

Anyway, the uptick in sales allowed Samsung to record $7.22 billion in profit, its highest in nearly two years. And it looks like the Galaxy Note 7 will continue the momentum heading into the latter half of the year.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

  • Mmmm! Waiting for the S8 now....
  • S7 Edge will make America great again!!!
  • Lol Hipsterxus Posted via the Android Central App
  • Any idea about launch date for note 7 in India Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's launching on August 11, and should be available before the end of the month.
  • And there you have it... Posted via the Android Central App
  • I would say right now the Edge (and soon the Note 7) are some of the nicest looking phones on the market.
  • True. I like the Axon 7 a lot too. Different style though. Posted via Axon 7
  • Nice analysis of the J2 sales. It is impressive that they can pull that off, but it's sad that so many consumers are actually looking at that POS and saying, "Yeah, that's what I'm dropping $150 on." Posted via the Android Central App
  • For less, I got my mom her first smartphone, the xiaomi redmi 3s ... I think the specs are better than the J nonsense Note 4 910C 6.0.1 | Good Lock UI | Android Central App
  • I helped add up those numbers and I'm very happy getting this phone From my basement in Senegal
  • Impressive. I hate that the company's phones that are the most difficult to hack are the most popular though. When all the other companies go under (which I assume most will due to lack of profit) I'm going to be a sad panda without the ability to root or run custom roms. Hopefully Google continues to make Nexus phones.
  • I hated Samsung before but slowly started to realize they were the most innovative OEM and iphone's biggest competitor, no one else stood a chance. Now I'm very happy to own a Galaxy device. I'm not so sure the Note 7 will do so well this year though. I think the GS7 Edge will remain it's best seller til the end of the year. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Was a hater since left Samsung in 2012 (sgs2) for Galaxy Nexus and I jumped on the 7 edge.. So happy that I did From my basement in Senegal
  • No doubt....S7 edge one of the best phones ever...well done samsung...loving my S7 edge... posted from Limited red and gold Lumia 950, Beautiful S7 Edge gold or Surface pro 4
  • S7 Edge will make America great again!
  • But what are it's policies on terrorism?
  • Wow imagine that folks really do like the edge phones though you wouldn't believe it from all the rhetoric I heard yesterday and the note 7 . By the way love my gs7edge in gold has been a beast since day one Posted via my note 5 are gs7 edge
  • 9 times out of 10 what you say annoys me to no end. But I came to these comments to say the same thing. Based on yesterdays comments, you'd think the Edge screens were despised by everyone. Turns out they're loved by far more people than some like to admit.
  • It's indeed a beauty!!!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Is that a typo? 13mil for all of 2016 for the edge and 11 mil for the s7? 8 months? And this is a successful year but apple is failing with over 50 mil sold so far? I'm not a fan of either one as I own both a note, nexus and iPhone but man when well people not be so bias. And yes that mean you too imore lol
  • Samsung's phone sales are going up; Apple's are going down. That's why people say Apple is "failing."
  • These are sales for the 1st half of 2016 (so through June 30th). The S7 and S7 Edge didn't launch till the middle of March. So that's not 8 months of sales, but less than 3. Though it does of course capture all the initial sales which are typically higher than other periods. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have an edge, I actually wish I had gone for the regular sized 7, because the bigger screen doesn't do much more for me than piss me off because I can't reach the other side. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The GS7 is the perfect size. Plus the battery is just as good since it's a smaller screen. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I wonder how this will play out after everyone is sick of the edge. It looks cool and is very alluring, but after even a few hours of use it becomes apparent how annoying and un-ergonomic it really is. I wouldn't expect the next edge phones to sell well.
  • Not the case with my Edge at all. In fact, it's going to be weird going back to a flat screen now Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well the 7 edge sold better then the 6 and next year's phone will be all new soooo yea there gonna sell a lot more edge phones you are the minority for sure^^^. Next time play with the phone in the store and you had a 2 week window to return it???? Posted via my note 5 are gs7 edge
  • Most people defeat the purpose of the Edge screen by using a case so really all the Edge screen is good for is making Samsung more profit because they can charge more.
  • Yes, imagine that, a company using smart marketing to make a profit...that's what they're supposed to be doing. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Haha I know right don't these folks even think before they open thy mouth ^^ . Yes Sammy is in the business make money . you do have a choice to buy are not to but Posted via my note 5 are gs7 edge
  • I'm with you there cjbrigol, i have enough false touches on the S7 with fingers overlapping the edge...
  • Love my s7 edge. Just need a good screen protector! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Long term strategies to sustain this....... Posted via the Android Central App