Best smartphones in Saudi Arabia

What are the best smartphones in Saudi Arabia until 2016? Why do Saudis buy certain mobiles regardless where they were manufactured?

Competition between smartphones in Saudi Arabia is not limited to Samsung and iPhone.

Smartphones and mobiles in general became widely spread in the Arab market, especially in the Arab Gulf area as people there are highly interested in them. Saudi Arabia’s market takes the lead when it comes to smartphones; it’s considered one of the largest markets around the world and thus of much interest for all websites and technology companies.

Smartphones market is currently growing so fast around the world especially in Saudi Arabia; this was confirmed by a study in 2014 done by the American Nielsen company which leads marketing and consumption researches. It studies consumers’ behavior for more than 47 European markets and 100 markets around the world. The company gives writers, students and media accurate information about where buying is oriented and consumers habits in order to help them do their jobs.

The study, published in 2016, showed that almost 67% of 16 year old and above Saudis use mobiles or smartphones, and more than 73% of youth Saudis use smartphones.

Saudi Arabia is highly populated with those under the age of 15. With the increase use of smartphones and since the study began the percentage of people using smartphones in Saudi Arabia has grown more, it’s also expected to be growing more and more in the next years.

We will be showing you in this article the best smartphones in Saudi Arabia, or the most common and used. The list definitely shows high competition between Samsung and iPhone smartphones, however it also shows that consumers in Saudi Arabia have enough awareness to try other smartphones released by other companies.

The list of the most common smartphones in Saudi Arabia goes in the following order:

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 EdgeSouth Korean Samsung released Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in the end of February 2016 with the slogan: “Rethink what a phone can do”, which got so popular in international markets, including Saudi Arabia’s. By that Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge took the lead in most popular mobiles list in Saudi Arabia until 2016.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has geometric curves and more updates to the Edge Panel. It’s water resistant; designed to withstand up to 1.5 meter water depth for up to 30 minutes.

The features of Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge are highly advanced; the company has supplied it with 2 versions of processors depending on the country or market and the service operator. First version works with Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 quad core processor; consists of two dual core processors, one works with 2.15 GHz speed and the other with 1.6 GHz speed. The second version works with Exynos 8890 octa core; consists of two quad cores, one works with 2.3 GHz speed and the other with 1.6 GHz.

The display is 5.5 inch and the resolution of the primary back camera is 12 MP, whereas the front camera- known as the selfie camera- is 5 MP. Battery is non-removable with a capacity of 3600 mAH.

The mobile is available in Saudi market in 2 versions; first one has internal memory capacity of 32 GB and the second one has 64 GB capacity, whereas RAM is 4 GB for both.

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

iPhone 6s PlusThe second place in the list of most common smartphones in Saudi Arabia till 2016 goes to iPhone 6s Plus mobiles, produced and manufactured by the American Apple company. They are supplied with A9 dual core processors which have a speed of 1.84 GHz.

The display is 5.5 inch. Primary back camera’s resolution is 12 MP whereas the front camera’s is 5 MP. They are supplied with non-removable battery of 2750 mAP electric capacity.

iPhone 6S Plus is available in the Saudi market in 3 versions, the first has internal memory capacity of 16 GB, the second has 64 GB capacity, and the last one has a capacity of 128 GB. All of them have RAM capacity of 2 GB.

HTC 10

HTC 10In the third place comes HTC 10. Interestingly a Taiwan company occupied such place which indicates that Saudis are open to all good products from all over the world regardless where they were manufactured, unlike what most Arabs used to think about Chinese and Taiwan products being not that good.

HTC 10 mobiles have MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 quad core processors consist of two dual core processors, the first works with a speed of 2.15 GHz, and the other works with a speed of 1.6 GHz.

The display is 5.2 inch supplied with a primary back camera of 12 MP resolution, and a front camera of 5 MP resolution. Batteries are non-removable of 3000 mAH electric capacity.

HTC 10 is available in Saudi Arabia in 2 versions; the first has internal memory of 32 GB capacity, and the second has a capacity of 64 GB. Both have RAM of 4 GB capacity.


LG G5In the fourth place comes LG G5, a South Korean company as well. LG G5 mobiles were recommended by critics and technology experts once they were released in the end of February 2016. The reason of that is that G5 mobiles support the concept Google released under the name “Project Ara” which aims for upgrading smartphones parts optionally by users themselves, by that users of LG G5 can update the features of their mobiles or replace internal parts themselves.

Like the case in HTC 10, LG G5 mobiles work with MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 quad core processors that consist of 2 dual cores, the first works with a speed of 2.15 GHz and the other with 1.6 GHz.

The display is 5.3 inch. Back camera has a resolution of 16 MP and a front camera of 8 MP, batteries are non-removable of 2800 mAH capacity, whereas the internal memory’s capacity is 32 GB. RAM is 4 GB.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

Sony Xperia Z5 PremiumNo wonder Japanese companies are in the list of most common smartphones in Saudi Arabia, as they are well known among Arabs for meeting excellent standards for a long time, so Sony Xpersia Z5 Premium occupied the 5th place in the list.

Since releasing Sony Z series mobiles they have featured water resistance and extraordinary cameras, this was also the case in the 5th generation in Sony Xperia Z5 Premium.

The display is 5.5 inch works through MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 octa core processor that consists of 2 quad cores, one works with 1.5 GHz speed, and the other with 2 GHz speed.

The resolution of Sony Xpersia Z5 Premium’s back camera is 23 MP whereas the front camera has a resolution of 5.1 MP. The mobile is supplied with a non-removable battery of 3430 mAH electric capacity.

Finally, the internal memory has storage capacity of 32 GB and 3 GB RAM capacity.


Without doubt, Arab consumers in general and Saudis precisely are becoming more aware when choosing mobiles. This explains the variety in this list and if we went on with the list we’ll find Huawei P9 mobiles in the 6th place, then BlackBerry Priv in the 7th place.

You can read more about these mobiles in the articles and researches section. However, if you want to buy one Labeb is your ultimate guide to choose according to your needs or budget and eventually lead you to stores.

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