The American smartphone market is one of the largest in the world, but it is also a very “local” market. There really isn’t room for much competition because people have already decided which brand they want to patronize, regardless of price or quality. You can call the US smartphone market an “Apple fanboy” and you won’t be far from the truth. However, in a surprising report, the iPhone is not the most popular smartphone in the United States. A recent US ASCI report shows that the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is the most popular smartphone among US mobile phone users.
After the Galaxy S20 Ultra, the LG Aristo 3 comes in second place ahead of the iPhone 11 Pro Max in third position. Samsung then took the lead to claim the fourth, fifth and seventh positions with the Galaxy S20, S10 and S20 Plus respectively. Google Pixel 4 is in sixth position while Apple claims the last three positions. In the eighth, ninth and tenth positions we have the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone XR respectively,
The list shows that the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra came out on top with a score of 86. LG Aristo 3 follows closely with a score of 84. However, the iPhone 11 Pro Max, Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S10 all have the same score, 82 .
Top 5 most popular smartphones in the US market
1. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
This device comes with an Exynos 990 (7nm+) SoC. It uses a 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED display that supports 120Hz refresh rate and 1440 x 3200 pixel resolution. Additionally, it has 12GB/16GB RAM and 128GB/256GB/512GB UFS 3.1 internal storage. On the back, it has a quad-camera setup with a 108MP main sensor that supports 8K videos. Additionally, this device comes with a 5000mAh battery that supports 45W fast charging, 15W wireless charging, and 4.5W reverse wireless charging. Samsung has padded the front camera of the Galaxy S20 Ultra so that it is not very different from the S21 Ultra. Samsung has designed the front camera of this device in such a way that it can capture both cropped and full frame formats. By default, it captures images in its cropped format but this format has images with lower resolution.
2.LG Aristo 3
South Korean manufacturer, LG is no longer active in the smartphone market after massive consecutive losses. In fact, for a long time this brand did not do well in the global market. Nevertheless, it has always had a small niche market in the United States. This is the reason why its 2019 smartphone remains one of the most popular in the United States.
The LG Aristo 3 is still one of the company’s most decent smartphones and it comes with a 5-inch IPS display. This display supports 16 million colors, a 2.5D curved glass display, 294 ppi (pixels per inch), and capacitive multi-touch scratch resistance.
For protection, it uses Corning Gorilla Glass which makes it highly resistant to drops. Under the hood, this device comes with a Snapdragon 425 SoC paired with up to 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The camera department has nothing to do with what we see today. This device uses the good old single rear camera setup. It comes with a 13MP rear camera along with a single 5MP front camera.
3.iPhone 11 Pro Max
The iPhone 11 Pro Max comes with a 6.5-inch Super Retina XDR OLED that supports 1242 x 2688 pixel resolution and 60Hz refresh rate. The display also supports HDR10, Dolby Vision , 800 nits (HBM) and 1200 nits (peak). Under the hood, this smartphone uses the Apple A13 Bionic 7nm chip. This device uses 4GB of RAM and 64GB/256GB/512GB of internal storage. On the back, it has a triple camera setup, all 12MP sensors. It includes wide angle, telephoto, ultra wide angle and TOF 3D LiDAR sensor. The battery size is only 3969mAh and it supports 20W fast charging and Qi magnetic wireless charging. On the software side, this device comes with iOS 13 out of the box.
4. Samsung Galaxy S20
The Samsung The Galaxy S20 comes with a 6.2-inch (1440 x 3200 pixels) 120Hz Dynamic AMOLED display that supports HDR10+ video. The screen also comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 for protection. This device draws its power from the Snapdragon 865 for buyers in the US or China. However, buyers in Europe and other markets will get a Galaxy S22 that draws its power from the Exynos 990 SoC. Both versions come with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. There’s a microSD card slot, so you can expand the internal storage.
The Galaxy S22 also comes with a triple rear camera setup. This device uses a 12MP primary camera that supports OIS. It also uses a 64MP telephoto lens that supports 3x optical zoom and OIS. Additionally, there is another 12MP ultra-wide-angle camera. Interestingly, two of the three cameras on the back support optical image stabilization (OIS). To keep its lights on, this device uses a 4000mAh battery that supports 25W fast charging, 15W wireless charging, and 4.5W reverse wireless charging.
5. Samsung Galaxy S10
The Samsung Galaxy S10 is the company’s 2019 flagship series. This device comes with a 6.1-inch quad-HD+ (1440 x 3040 pixels) Dynamic AMOLED 60Hz display that supports HDR10+ video. Under the hood, this device comes with the Snapdragon 855 or the Exynos 9820. As usual, in China and the US, buyers will get the Snapdragon 855 version. However, in Europe and other markets, the Exynos 9820 version will be sold. Both versions are available in multiple memory/storage configurations – they feature 6GB/8GB of RAM and 128GB/512GB of internal storage.
On the back, this smartphone comes with a triple rear camera setup. Specifically, this device uses a 12MP primary camera that supports OIS. It also uses a 12MP telephoto lens that supports 2x optical zoom and OIS. Additionally, there is another 16MP ultra-wide-angle lens that supports Super Steady video. Under the hood, this device has a 3700mAh battery that supports 15W charging, 15W wireless charging, and 4.5W reverse wireless charging.
We can see that the US smartphone market is not very diverse and only a small group of brands claim the entire market. We only have Samsung, Apple, Google and LG on a list of the 15 most popular smartphones. With LG out of the market, the list gets even shorter.