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Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 was the must-have Android at the end of 2019, data shows

The Chinese smartphone finished 2019 on a high.

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Xiaomi's phone came out last September.
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Apple's iPhone XR might've been the best selling phone of 2019, but data from market analyst Canalys shows that Xiaomi's Redmi Note 8 was the best-selling Android at the end of 2019. The device claimed the top spot in Quarter 4 in global sales. The brand's Redmi Note 7 was also a hot item last year, according to the data. Xiaomi also just announced the Redmi Note 9S

Behind the Redmi Note 8, best selling phones for Q4 included Samsung's Galaxy A10s, Galaxy A20s, Galaxy A30s and Xiaomi's Redmi Note 8 Pro.

Read more: Xiaomi's Mi 10 Pro 5G: Release date, specs, price, features and a 108-megapixel camera

The Redmi Note 8 was announced last August and released the following month. The phone features a 6.3-inch screen with Snapdragon 665 octa-core processor, a 48MP rear camera and a 13MP front-facing camera. it also runs on Android 9.0 Pie. 

Originally published Feb. 26 at 12:49 p.m. PT.
Update, at 12:55 p.m. PT: Adds phone specs.