There may be more Samsung Galaxy Note7s still in use than LG V20s

People love their exploding Samsung Galaxy Note S7s, but LG's V20, not so much.

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While Samsung readies a series of software updates that will effectively brick any remaining Galaxy Note7s in circulation, some new numbers suggest there may be a lot more of them out there than we think. Or perhaps there just aren’t that many LG V20s.

Apteligent has released its tally for new Android flagship device launches in the second half of 2016, and the visuals are quite stunning. The most obvious takeaway is that in a normal year a new Samsung Note absolutely blows away its competitors, with a massive spike in sales at launch and a sustained sell-through. This year that initial burst is followed by an equally steep decline as people rushed to return their handsets following a global recall.

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Apteligent’s data shows more people still have Note7s than LG V20, OnePlus 3T and HTC Bolt users combined.

However, even though Samsung claims that just 7 percent of Note7s remain in the wild, that number is still higher than the LG V20, which launched in October. We came away mostly impressed with the phone when we tested it last month, but it seems that customers aren’t very interested. Also failing to register with consumers were the OnePlus 3T and the Sprint-exclusive HTC Bolt.

Additional information gleaned from the chart is the impressive sales numbers of the 5.2-inch Sony Xperia XZ, suggesting there is still a sizable market for smaller handsets. And Google’s Pixel phones, while not seeing anywhere near a Note7-style spike, have been steadily increasing sales numbers since their launch.

Why this matters: Whether this chart translates into poor sales of the V20 or a whole lot of Note7s still out there, the news isn’t good for LG. The phone maker packed a ton of technology into its flagship phablet along with a Joseph Gordon-Levitt-led advertising push, but it doesn’t seem to have moved the needle much, even as Note7s sales crashed. After the disappointing G5 early this year, it may be time for LG to go back to the drawing board.

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