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The most successful smartphones in 2022 and where you can get them cheaply


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The market researchers from Counterpoint have determined the ten best-selling smartphones worldwide in 2022. These ten models alone wore according to Counterpoint 19 percent of global smartphone sales. The iPhone 13 took first place by a wide margin, followed by the matching Pro Max variant.

If you want to know more about the last generation of smartphones, take a look at our personal list of recommendations: From Android to iPhone – these are the best smartphones of 2022.




Key facts at a glance

  • counterpoint has published a top 10 of the best-selling smartphones in 2022 worldwide.
  • Eight of the ten best-selling smartphones worldwide come from Apple.
  • Samsung is the only other manufacturer to make it into the top 10.
  • The strong demand ensures little movement in the prices of the most popular models.
  • Further down in the article we have more information about the individual models and the best current offers.

While Samsung was able to hold its own in the top 10, the manufacturer Xiaomi dropped out of the list of the best. For comparison: In 2021, two Xiaomi smartphones, the Redmi 9 and the Redmi 9A, made it into the ranking.




The top 10 at a glance:

  1. Apple iphone 13
  2. Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
  3. Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
  4. Samsung Galaxy A13
  5. Apple iPhone 13 Pro
  6. Apple iphone 12
  7. Apple iphone 14
  8. Apple iPhone 14 Pro
  9. Apple iPhone SE (2022)
  10. Samsung Galaxy A03




Apple iPhone 13 and Pro (Max)

Apple’s iPhone 13 appears in different versions in the top 10 several times. According to a Counterpoint analysis, the standard variant was the best-selling smartphone in 2022, followed directly by the iPhone 13 Pro Max in second place. According to the study, this is the first time that the Pro Max variant was sold more frequently than the Pro version. However, it still ranks 5th.

Here you can find our test of the iPhone 13 and the iPhone Pro Max 13. There are currently only minor price differences for the models at the major online retailers, as our price comparison widget shows:




Apple iPhone 14 and Pro (Max)

With the iPhone 14 Pro Max (test) in 3rd place, the Pro Max version of the latest iPhone generation does even better than the Pro version (8th place). The standard version, which should not be underestimated, comes in 7th place. With sales figures like this, it is not surprising that the last two iPhone generations are not currently being discounted.

As always with Apple, the successor model, the iPhone 15, is of course already in the starting blocks.

In fourth place, the Galaxy A13 is not only the first Samsung smartphone, but also the first device from a rather inexpensive smartphone category. With 128 gigabytes (GB), you can currently get it for around 176 euros at Amazon*.

The iPhone 12 also sold very well in 2022 and ended up at number 6. A strong record, because the smartphone was number 1 in the Counterpoint list in 2021.

Not only the sales figures, but also the prices remained constant for a long time. The version with 128 GB currently costs at Amazon 712.81 euros*, which is only a few euros cheaper than the corresponding iPhone 13 model. Here, however, there should still be price reductions later in the year.

Current offers are on Ebay at just under 658 euros and thus according to guenstiger.de at the lowest level of the last six months. We subjected the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro to a comparison test.

The iPhone SE, which is slightly cheaper in comparison, ranks 9th among the best-selling smartphones of 2022. You can currently get the 128 GB version for , for example 569 euros at Amazon* and for the same price at Otto.

New devices are available on Ebay from 534 euros. According to the price comparison portal cheaper.de However, the iPhone SE (2022) in its different versions was sometimes available for less than 500 euros last fall around Black Friday. A purchase needs to be carefully considered at the moment.

The Galaxy A03 at number 10 is the cheapest device in the list. The budget smartphone currently costs between 100 and 180 euros, depending on the storage space. For the 32 GB variant, Amazon currently has a price of almost 152 euros* called.




Recommended smartphones missing from the top 10

Of course, sales figures are not the only relevant factor for evaluating a smartphone. Google devices like the Pixel 7 (Pro), for example, convinced us in last year’s test. You can find more recommended models in our large overview: From Android to iPhone – These are the best smartphones of 2022.

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