Report: iPhone 5s was still the world's best selling smartphone in May, followed by Samsung Galaxy S5

According to Counterpoint, a Hong Kong-based market research firm, Apple’s iPhone 5s was the best selling smartphone in the world throughout the month of May, maintaining its lead since late 2013. Reportedly, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 - which is available worldwide since April - was a “distant number two.”

But Samsung is still the winner overall, as it has four other smartphones in top 10 May sales: Galaxy S4 (3rd place), Galaxy Note 3 (4th), Galaxy S4 mini (8th), and Galaxy Grand 2 (10th). Apple’s iPhone 5c and iPhone 4S took the 5th and 6th places, respectively. There’s only one other company that made it to top 10, and that’s Xiaomi, which continues to sell its affordable Mi3 and Hongmi Redrice smartphones at a fast pace. 

Apparently, Sony’s Xperia Z1 almost made it to top 10, too, but it was ultimately included in a top 20, alongside the Motorola Moto G, Huawei Honor 3C, LG G2, and other unnamed smartphones.

Counterpoint’s report is based on info gathered from 35 countries, and includes devices that have been sold, not just shipped. Unfortunately, the company doesn’t provide exact sales numbers, just the handsets’ top positions. Are you surprised by this top? Let us know in the comments section below.

source: Counterpoint

Related phones

iPhone 5s
  • Display 4.0 inches
    1136 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A7, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 1570 mAh
  • OS iOS 12.x
Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    Samsung TouchWiz UI



93. synot

Posts: 277; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

It is not difficult to see why 5s is the leader in sales and its not because it is better than Samsung S5 but Apple only have one Phone for people to buy at the moment and its the 5s.It is Samsung causing its own failure in their flagship sales by putting to much competitive phones on the market to compete with their own flagship phone and therefore take away sales from their own flagship to other phones of similar quality and cheaper prices..In other words Samsung is killing it own self and not Appl

72. derivativex

Posts: 176; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

How can this "survey" be worldwide when they surveyed only 35 countries and no figures of the units sold?

71. brasstax

Posts: 546; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Come on Samsung. Release the note 4 already & crush the rebellion

67. alexsupertramp unregistered

i am pretty sure xiaomi is gonna be in the top 5 after july 2014...cuz it just launched mi3 in india and people are gonna clear the stocks within minutes..not kidding..the support is just over whelming after announcing the service centers list in india. next stop mi tv 2..!!!

38. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Wow, surprised HTC not even on the list with such a premium build phone. I'm also kind of suprised no Nexus is on the list with it's budget pricing.

45. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

This just prices build quality and cost =/= sales. Advertising is everything in 2014.

66. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012


34. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

What happened to demand of better phone material? I though ppl said they like metal phone such as the HTC one, didn't u guys voted as the #1 Android phone of 2013 and 2014? HTC didn't even showed up in best selling cellphone list.

48. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

When you don't have good marketing...

26. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Meanwhile, HTC, Sony, LG and the rest....Go Samsung~~

27. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

LG G3 was announced on May 27th, so LG has hope.

25. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

How many countries does iPhone sell in currently? This reminds me of Ancel Keys, how he skewed the data in his favor to prove Saturated Fat is bad for heart by excluding 14 countries out of 21 that he picked initially to prove his hypothesis -- which is failed as it is.

24. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

LG G3 should be up there by next month :)

21. wildfiregt

Posts: 179; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Wht aren't there any data ? I'm really confused seeing Xiaomi selling more cell phones which aren't available world wide while LG and Sony devices can't make top 10. Another data said S5 sold out much more than S4 on its launching date. So we may have two different stories here

79. derivativex

Posts: 176; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

exactly, had they done more than 35 countries in this "study" xiaomi wouldnt even be in the top 10 so it sounds highly inaccurate. 35 is far less than 40% of countries selling smartphones worldwide

80. Ninetysix

Posts: 2967; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Exactly broseph. Galaxy S5 didn't win so this study is highly inaccurate. Galaxy S5 wins at EVERYTHING. amirite?

84. derivativex

Posts: 176; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

you cant prove its accurate either, tell me where is the rest of the countries in the world and what are their sales figures? they cant provide sales figures because they did only 35 countries

8. alaw.14

Posts: 431; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Its funny how you people are going to believe this. It just shows a list with phones in order 1-10. That is not proof.

12. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I start to suspect that they're not exactly accurate when a Xiaomi phone is number 7 right after 3 Samsung and Apple phones each. I thought Huawei was in third place when it came to sheer amount of handsets sold?

74. derivativex

Posts: 176; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

This. The study was done in only 35 countries (and what countries specifically, but its pretty obvious USA and china were included here), phones like the S5 was sold in about 120 countries, so i doubt the accuracy of this study.

5. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Wow! Like I said last week. Samsung is in trouble and they know it. They are getting their butts handed to them by an almost year old phone. On top of that, the 5c and 4s is not far behind them. This is the reason they are offering a Galaxy F this fall. They do not even want to know what the iphone 6 is going to do for them. They are slowly turning into HTC. Now that I think about it, this is why they have all the new commercials attacking Apple.

6. robert26101

Posts: 107; Member since: Mar 21, 2014

You're delusional! 5 phones in the top 10 I think Samsung is doing just fine. More like HTC and LG are in trouble. No LG g2 no HTC m7 and no HTC m8 in the top 10.

10. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

"They are slowly turning into HTC." You win the ignorant comment of the day award! Good job! Derp.

16. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Yep. The fact that Samsung is releasing like three different flagships shows that they're already frantically trying to get the leg up on Apple.

33. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

S5 and Note 4 are their only flagships lol.

35. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

And possibly the Galaxy F

36. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

False. This whole "Galaxy F" thing is untrue. It's the Note 4.

37. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

The rumors say that the F will be 5.1 ~5.3 inch. And I think it makes sense for Sammy to release it since the S5 sales are going pretty bad TBH, and to steal some potential iPhone 6 buyers.

44. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I don't think you read the article if you still say the S5 is selling bad.. Come Q2 results, S5 is their #1 phone. Galaxy F is all fake. Note 4 is the real deal.

51. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Sorry but nowhere in the article says the GS5 is selling well.. Also this news article as of June (which is close to May).. I'm a proud GS5 owner and a Samsung fan and I don't want to see them go down like this, but its reality. And I definitely will get the Note 4 too.

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