Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5c monopolize Japanese sales charts

Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5c monopolize Japanese sales charts
Never has a sales chart seen such domination. No, we're not talking about One Direction, Fifth Harmony or any of the other groups put together by Simon Cowell that have seemingly leaped from the X Factor stage to world-wide stardom. We're actually talking about smartphones here. More precisely, we are looking at the way that the Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5c have commandeered the smartphone sales charts in Japan.

With each carrier branded model counting as a separate phone, the two newest Apple iPhone versions now make up nine out of the top ten selling smartphones in Japan. Number one on the latest weekly list is the 32GB Apple iPhone 5s branded by mobile operator SoftBank. And if you're asking yourself, "SoftBank. Isn't that the company that owns 78% of Sprint?," you'd be absolutely right. 

The first three phones leading the Japanese smartphone sales charts all happen to be the 32GB version of the Apple iPhone 5s. We already gave you the SoftBank branded variant as the model on top. That is followed by versions of the phone for NTT Docomo and au. In fourth place is the 16GB Apple iPhone 5s for SoftBank while the carrier comes right back with the fifth place phone, the 16GB Apple iPhone 5c. That same model for au is next with the 64GB iPhone 5s for SoftBank ranked seventh.

Rounding out the top ten is the 16GB iPhone 5s for au, the same model for NTT Docomo, and the only non iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c on the list. Number ten is the ZTE 202Z, a low end Chinese made model. While they might not be a band, it sounds like in Japan, the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c are making beautiful music together for Apple.

Broadening out the list to the top 20, Apple owns 12 of the spots on that list with Samsung's lone entrant being the Samsung Galaxy S4 at number 16. Sony had two different versions of the Sony Xperia Z1 listed in the Top 20.

source: BCN via AppleInsider

Related phones

iPhone 5s
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1570 mAh(10h 3G talk time)
iPhone 5c
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1507 mAh(10h 3G talk time)



1. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Good job apple ! You deserve it ;)


Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

LOL at these raw raw apple articles, so carefully written to ensure apple iClones holding hands and singing kumbaya. PA is on fire digging up every effort on how awesome apple is! Apple you are soo awesome, look how popular we are, it's like android doesn't even exist, apple foreva, apple is the greatest, we love you apple, keep up the good work with your 3 product selection of basically the same product 3 different sizes and ways that you rehash yearly! love alan and ray from iFollowerArena

6. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

let us start tagging with the famous Apple tag shall we? You sir shall be an ihater


Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

really? how can you tell.. hmm. Actually iDon't hate apple products, iHate the iClones and their arrogance and elitism. Apple makes 3 good products, 3 products based on the same product, then the mac. Their iFame is legendary within the iClone circle but beyond the same 50 million iFollowers buying yearly incremental upgrades of their 3 product line, nobody gives a crap about any of this stuff but Ray and Alan really loves their apples, which would be alright at cultofmac fan site but this is a general site and the BiOS should be toned down quite a bit. They really need to go work for iFan sites, really you guys would be iLoved instead if iHated

74. Arman

Posts: 47; Member since: Jul 08, 2013

I can see from your name and your comment that you can't be a apple hater. and your comments are absolutely rational and unbiased . /s

11. stealthd unregistered

Right, because there's never any "raw raw Android articles", you never see people saying "Go Google", "Go Samsung", or whatever. Oh wait that happens all the time, you're just full of crap.


Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

not here at PA. As I stated, this is a non BiOS'd website right? not cultofmac or droid-life. Those sites have their place, I am simply stating ray and alan and the way pa reports BiOS is lame.

36. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

But you are a hatter.. Look at your name.. Why doesn't your name have something to do with your own platform of choice❔... I love Windows Phone,, so do you think I would dare put Android, or iOS in my name❔ That's seriously corny of you, and you ought to be ashamed of yourself.. Pathetic.

44. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

rodneyej1, take a look at yourself. Why should you lie that you are Windows fan, but not Apple fan??? Do you think someone will buy your old iTricks? Why should you all izombies use dirty tricks? You are all the same. Even the iFans from PA.

56. Username.

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

iZombies.... ROTFLMFAO. That was really so funny. I can't stop laughing.... Wtf....o GOD.

85. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Uh, as I've said before, check the source...oh yes, it's appleinsider...checks author, oh look! our favorite android hater apple troll Daniel Dilger! OH SO NOT SURPRISED.

2. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Cool. Good for Apple. When is my Moto G going to get here?

3. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Looks like the Japanese were actually waiting for this moment

16. robinlim85

Posts: 86; Member since: May 03, 2013

japan are one of the most,if not the most productive nation in the world iOS being sold more is no coincident,productive people doesn't spend 24 hours a days install custom rom,benchmark apps,customizing launcher,play with setting, japanese spend those time working

40. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

If a product succeeds in Japan, it can succeed everywhere on earth. Japanese customers have such a high expectation / standard.

64. SleepingOz unregistered

Although I love Japan, I have to say that this is an ignorant statement! Japanese people like all sort of crazy stuffs, weird extravagant clothes, crazy hairstyles, french music, kei cars, etc.. And they still used flip phones. I don't see any of these "succeed everywhere on earth".

65. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

What do you love about Japan? Let me guess.... DragonBall, right? You are an Androtaku. period.

68. robinlim85

Posts: 86; Member since: May 03, 2013

i think he like sailormon

70. SleepingOz unregistered

Don't project yourself on others, thanks.

69. SleepingOz unregistered

Ad hominem, pfff.. Is that all you've got? Please buddy, stop making a fool of yourself and come with some valid points instead of personal attacks. I do like Japanese animations but what I love most about Japan is their culture. I've been in Tokyo twice last year and I'm planning my trip to Kyoto for the winter hols, after visiting Seoul. And oh, I hate Dragon ball!

71. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Kyoto is neat. Have fun!

4. bootroot

Posts: 35; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Small Hands need small phones. Its look like they just discover iphone !

7. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

you did not just say that... that sounds wrong on so many levels

22. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea but it is actually true to a certain extent. If you remember the original Xbox controller, one of the reasons they shrunk it was because it was too big for the Japanese crowd and was a major block for their sales in Japan. Even then, it does not discount the fact that they have sold possibly millions, it just puts another reason to it whatever that may be.

37. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

That's dumb.

50. robinlim85

Posts: 86; Member since: May 03, 2013

yea,like we don't have "mini" version of galaxy,htc one

8. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Brace yourselves -- Trolls are coming.

55. Username.

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

We know, and here comes Darkkjedii.....

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31315; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good job apple. Enjoy the one of the best of the best Japan.

23. Username.

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

I thought Japanese were "smart and clever" turns out to be the other way round! "Chinese are much clever and loyal"

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