For the past few months, iPhone 5S has been the top selling smartphone worldwide.
When Samsung finally unveiled the Galaxy S5 a few months earlier, we thought S5 will overtake 5S in the coming months. However, it looks like even after a month of release, 5S was leading the sales race and was the top selling smartphone for the month of May.
The report comes from an analytic company based in Hong Kong called CounterPoint as a result of a survey across 35 countries. They were the same guys who reported iPhone 5S’s lead in the earlier months.
The result is kind of surprising given that many experts expected S5 to take the lead in May. Samsung’s flagships have always been a best seller and we didn’t think the 6 month old flagship from Apple could retain the lead over Samsung’s S5. The report also notes that the lead was quite large and the difference in the units sold between the two smartphones was quite significant.
At the third place was last year’s flagship, Galaxy S4 followed by Note 3 which was announced around the same time as 5S. The fifth and the sixth positions were yet again taken by Apple. iPhone 5C took the fifth spot while the 4S(yes the 3 year old iPhone) took the sixth position.
Seventh position is kind of a surprise. It’s not Sony, LG or even HTC. In fact, it’s the Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi who bags the seventh spot with its popular Xiaomi MI3 smartphone. What’s surprising is the fact that, Xiaomi expanded into international territory only recently and the company managed to get to this level just by focusing on its home market. Now, that its smartphones are being released in nearby markets like India, it won’t be surprising if the manufacturer gives tough competition to some of the devices on top of the table.
Xiaomi MI3 was followed by Samsung Galaxy S4 mini. But after S4 mini was yet another Xiaomi model, the Hongmi Redrice which took the ninth place. Finally, the tenth position in the table was taken by last year’s Galaxy Grand 2 phablet.
The report also notes that almost 40% of the smartphones sold worldwide were phablets, which show an increasing demand for these large screen devices. Even three of the top ten smartphones in the list are phablets, which means manufacturers may release larger screen devices in the upcoming months to take advantage of this trend.
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