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" 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)
Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

WHAT??? I could have sworn those Fandroids said that Apple is dead. I'm so confused right now :(

4. syncronyze

Posts: 103; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

Apple is dead, that's why people are talking about investing in Apple stock right now! You can also tell Apple is dead because PhoneArena is still posting about them. Apple is also dead because Samsung RULESSSSS LOLZ.

49. Sreddy unregistered

the stocks of apple is not falling atm. the stocks are rising. people are investing cause they knw the return in future will be worthwhile, if you dont knw what i mean then its iphone 6. heck apple increased their production numbers. its not that apple is less in demand now!

55. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

He was joking....

11. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

No one said Apple is dead, they just said Apple fans are "brain" dead, but can't expect them to read though.

15. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Quite a general statement for such a huge group of people worldwide.

17. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012 If they are "brain" dead. What do you call the non-ios users? Brain less?

68. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

yes they are "brain dead" bcoz most of them even dont know the features iphone offers... they buy it bcoz its iphone... galaxy S5 is not doing well bcoz unlike other galaxy series, I havent seen any customer holding S5 yet, which was not the case when S3, S4, note2, note3 were launched

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

What? Those haters said Samsung is the worst and that the S5 was a total flop/fail. I'm so confused right now. :(

40. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

It IS a flop considering how much resources and money Sammy put into it. If a brand new, strategically positioned product lags behind the competitor's 8+ months old one by a huge margin, it's an EPIC fail.

42. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You again. Not surprised to see you here. Please do tell me how that hurt is going for you. I'm dying to know.

53. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Remember what I kept telling last year? 2014 and 2015 will be very tough for Android vendors. 1. The market is saturated 2. Android's transition to 64bit will be VERY painful 3. Apple will go rampage with bigger iPhones. And many Androtakus didn't agree. That GS5 isn't doing very well proves 1). The situation will get worse each and every year, even for Sammy. For 2) and 3), we don't have to wait very long. HTC and maybe Sony won't survive these two years.

56. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

I'd say the situation will get worse ESPECIALLY for Samsung, with America moving to contract free pricing it will be tougher for Sammy to sell the high profit margin high end phones. And with Moto and numerous Chinese vendors offering compelling phones at the low and mid-ranges it will squeeze their profits even more. I don't think Android's switch to 64-bit will be that bad. If anything, I think the only Android vendors who will be able to justify continuing to sell higher priced high end phones to compete against the iPhone will be HTC and Sony. Also, Androtakus...I like that. Heheheh

60. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Sammy is THE king of chicken games. 64bit on Android sucks worse than I predicted last year with all those almost empty or non-existent aarch64 folders that came with the most recent PDK.

58. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Just sh** up and wait till they announce the Galaxy Note 4. It will change how you talk.

59. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Note4 won't sell even nearly as well as Note3. Both GS and Note series peaked at their third iteration. It's downhill racing from now on.

61. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

that's sorta true... But this applies for every premium smartphone manufacturers, not only Samsung; which is why Apple, Samsung, LG, and Sony is investing so much to penetrate the Chinese/ Indian market. If GN4 comes with everything that its customers requested, for the past few years, with its "gimmicky" features and with the new YOUM display technology, I say it will create a synergy that could drive Samsung "uphill"

70. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

they are investing too much to penetrate in Chinese and indian markets, but the problem with these markets are, unlike american and european markets, most of the population cant afford to purchase flagships... this is the reason low cost brands like xiaomi are making big bangs

62. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Android's transition to 64bit is going very smoothly, and will continue so. Hard year for Android? Android picked up share, and even here in the US, Samsung market share grew more than Apples. The GS5 is the number 2 phone, it's selling quite well, in addition to the GS4 and Note 3 holding the next two spots (even though the claim is always that Samsung only sells low end phones and their high end don't sell, their three to devices occupy the #2, 3 and 4 spots) So, pretty much nothing you have predicted had come true.

69. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Android's transition is smooth? What does make you think that way? Should I believe what you are saying rather than what I'm seeing first hand? Kernel =/= OS Almost one year passed, the Linux kernel is still pretty much the only thing that's 64bit ready. The whole framework is merely ported so that it gets built for aarch64, and Google can start lying with "64bit ready", but hardly optimized. App devs will be asking around the web about how to force their apps to run in 32bit mode, because they will run so much faster that way. Sure, the situation will improve - in five years, long after the first bogus 64bit phones hit the $0 resale value. Oh, I forgot to mention that they won't even get updates after just 18 months or so. The fun is over. It isn't a growing market anymore since 6+ months, we are entering a crucial phase of a zero-sum game where profit margin is the Holy Grail. This fall, while iPhone will be at its strongest with bigger screens, Android is left most vulnerable, struggling through the transition with immature toolchains that come with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY - literally, it's GCC. It's not just an incident. Apple planned this all and rushed to 64bit last year. And it's the beginning of the end for Android : - Who has the biggest profit margin? Apple - Who has the highest brand value/loyalty? Apple - Who has the best engineers? Apple, both HW and SW - Who has the best chip? Apple by far, with its custom design that enables 6-issue instead the reference's 3-issue. Even Qualcomm gave up here and just follows ARM's reference design. With the Moore's law finally at the end with 28nm, Android vendors can't even lie to customers their HW being superior over Apple's. Pros chuckle when reading Androtakus' comments how their Android phones' HW trumps over Apple's due to Octacore, HMP and so on. Bull! There is no true Octacore. It's either big4 or LITTLE4. It's possible to enable both, but the performance gets much worse. It's due to the L2 cache and data bus, and way too technical for you maybe. And you know very well, big4 is reserved almost exclusively for those "serious" applications like benchmarks. And those "less serious" apps (anything else) get LITTLE4 assigned. big4 is too power hungry. That's the crappy truth about so proud, octacored Exynos. HMP? Renderscript? My a$$. That's nonsense pure. It looks great on paper, but properly written NEON codes beat the hell out of it in ALL aspects, including performance AND power consumption. And unlike Apple, Google has no SW engineers capable of doing this. Their allegedly optimized NEON codes in AOSP suck! You could show Google's "NEON" codes to ANY NEON programmer, they'll shake their heads. Android being 64bit ready? LMAO

75. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Description Mctweaker. No need for 64bit when you can expand the memory app which opens. 4gb ram amust. Instead of 32mb for an app which needs to open alter the vmheap to 64mb Ram. ATTENTION!!! 1. Before using the program Nandroid backup is strongly recomended! Please do not write negative reviews, if Your machine cannot boot as a result of using of the program. The program works with hidden parameters of the kernel, which setting can lead to unstable operation of the device. Recovery is possible only in the presence of the backup. 2. Before you upgrade to version 3.х.х from versions 2.х.х it is recommended to completely remove the old version of the program and the license. 3. USB debugging option must be enabled! 4. The presence of root-rights necessarily. 5. BusyBox must to be installed. 6. On some devices you need a S-OFF. 7. It's strongly recomended to update BusyBox version to 1.20.x or latter. If You like, to Your smartphone running at peak performance. If Your experience does not give You peace of mind and You change firmwares one by one, in search of the optimum decision for Your device. Try to adjust Your smartphone by youself and help other users with similar devices. mcTweaker is a system application, that allows you to set up hidden parameters of Android, to achieving maximum performance and minimum power consumption. Main features: - separate management of the CPU frequency for different states of the screen (ON/OFF); - CPU voltage control for different frequencies; - management of the OOM killer parameters; - setting of Dalvik VM heap parameters; - setting of file system parameters (IO Scheduler, cache SD-card); - management of the DNS-servers for different network connections; - optimization of the network performace; - manual and automatic synchronisation of time via the Internet, a large selection of NTP-servers; - blocking of advertising; - setting of the screen parameters (animation speed, auto brightness); - optimization of graphics (hardware acceleration, anti-aliasing, the density of the screen, etc.); - JIT-compilation on/off; - optimization of energy consumption; - editing the parameters of the A-GPS (select SUPL-server, select the NTP server, forced request (A-GPS data, cold start); - editing of parameters in the file build.prop; - script-manager with a built-in editor; - autorun any scripts at boot time (emulation of init.d); - home screen widgets to switch the set of parameters (CPU frequency, the parameters of OOM killer, switching the DNS-servers, time synchronization, the request of A-GPS data; - launch any application by widget with the simultaneous adjustment of parameters; - running the script by the widget; - freezing, uninstallation of system apps and moving apps to the system memory; - applications autorun management;

76. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Neon codes can be altered for Hmp to work. Fkkk sake this is Android Linux, not Pos Darwin pusedo Unix ios junk.

77. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Nice theory of yours. Bogus. V6 engine is not better than V8 engine. V8 will preform much better than a straight 4 engine.

82. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

You talk way too much sh!t. You are truly the Androtaking, king of Androtakus. Hail to the king! Now the other Androtakus will copy and paste your sh!t everywhere. That's the only thing Androtakus do all the day.

85. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Regular ipdrone talking crap ater being confronted with specs. I guess the nonsense you spew makes you very brilliant?

88. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Try and do that with ios iPhone's Apple will buttkicked you Go and listen what you can't and can do to your Steve jobs

89. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Your dieing with jealousy, cause you can't alter or modify anything of apples properities Not even the devs can alter the Cpu, Gpu, voltage on iPhone's BS nonsense is that phone Your telling me you have a car and can't change the valve pistons and clutch.

78. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Yep. It's like the old video game crash of 1983. Only the good phones will survive.

54. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

the last name Lee sounds so Korean, but he's probs in disguise in purpose to bash Samsung (which is also from Korea) so the troll looks better. He's not worth your time replying to.

63. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He named himself after Jake E. Lee, Ozzy's former guitarist, another wannabe.

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