Google launched the Pixel 3 and 3 XL back in October 2018, and followed them up with two mid-range phones, the 3a and 3a XL about six months after. It would appear that the Pixel 3a and 3a XL have been unequivocal successes, at least going by estimated sales numbers shared by analytics firm IDC.
According to IDC, Google shipped 7.2 million units of its Pixel phones in 2019, representing a 52% year-on-year increase in shipments. Those numbers supposedly also mean Google now ships more phones than OnePlus, which is a statement few would believe without doubt.
The real interesting part, however, is the numbers that can be extrapolated. Since the 7.2 million figure is a 52% year-on-year rise, that implies Google sold 4.7 million Pixels in 2018. Reports from a few weeks back claimed Google sold just over four million Pixel 3 phones in its first six months on the market. The Pixel 3 was launched in October, which assuming uniform sales, means Google sold two million units from January to March.
There are a lot of juicy bits in this story, including the fact that the Pixel 4 sold just 2 million units in its first six months, just over half the numbers of the Pixel 3 (not surprising) during the same period.
- Daniel Bader
It's probably an optimistic figure, since the first months of sales are usually the best. The Pixel 4 phones, on the other hand, sold just two million units in their first six months. Also assuming an equal split, that implies a million Pixel 4 series units were shipped in 2019.
- Total sales for 2019: 7.2 million
- Pixel 3 sales (Q1): 2 million
- Pixel 4 sales (Q4): 1 million
This means that in Q2 through Q4, Google shipped in the region of 4.2 million Pixel phones, excluding Pixel 4 sales. Obviously, the Pixel 3a series accounts for most sales, with the only other phones sold within that period being the Pixel 3 series, and it's unlikely sales would've been substantial due to the existence of the Pixel 3a and 3a XL.
While it's hard to say exactly how many Pixel 3a phones Google has sold, the numbers indicate that the company has sold well over four million units, with most of that figure coming in its first six months on the market; effectively matching the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. It's entirely possible that close to six million Pixel 3a and 3a XL units have been shipped since the phones were launched.
. @Google continues to expand the #Pixel portfolio and sales are growing. In 2019 shipments grew 52% YoY to reach the highest volume ever, with strong performances in the USA, Western Europe and Japan. It now ships more units than @oneplus but it is still far from reaching Top10 pic.twitter.com/qY66isF9vN— Francisco Jeronimo (@fjeronimo) June 9, 2020
There are a lot of juicy bits in this story, including the fact that the Pixel 4 sold just 2 million units in its first six months, just over half the numbers of the Pixel 3 (not surprising) during the same period— Daniel Bader (@journeydan) May 13, 2020