Top 10 Smartphones in May 2014 – Galaxy S5 Fails To Displace iPhone 5s

Apple’s iPhone 5s is still the bestselling smartphone in May 2014, 8 months after its launch last year. Samsung’s new flagship, Galaxy S5 comes in at second.

According to Counterpoint’s channel survey across 35 countries, Apple’s iPhone 5s continues to be the bestselling phone in the world, a spot that many expected to be taken by Samsung’s Galaxy S 5. The highly anticipated Galaxy S5 comes in at second place but still a quite distant number two in terms of (sell through) unit sales. The iPhone 5c shipments continue to decline but Apple continued clearing excess inventory for the iPhone 5c during the month. apple iPhone 5c sales put it behing Samsung’s last year’s flagship Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note III.

Xiaomi continues to maintain its position in our top 10 bestsellers list with strong performance in domestic market. The MI3, Hongmi Red Rice and Redmi Note are now available in many overseas markets with Xiaomi’s expanding distribution to cotribute to global sales volumes. But within China, the two models (Mi3 and Redmi) are reaching peak and ‘me-too’ competitors are pushing out similar high-specced products at aggressive price-points. A product refresh beckons in coming months from one of the most talked about Chinese brand.

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 mini stood at 8th and the Galaxy Grand 2 which was released last year captured the 10th spot. The Grand 2 is a more affordable phablet from Samsung with a display size of 5.25″. There are now 3 phablets in the top 10 list which reflects the ongoing trend of larger displays. almost 40% of the smartphones sold in May were phablets according to Counterpoint’s channel research across 35 countries. If Apple comes out with a phablet later this year it will instantly become a hit and top the list of phablets within two months of availability.

Outside of the top 10 list Sony’s Xperia Z1 came in close. Motorola’s Moto G along with Huawei’s Honor 3C and LG’s G2 made into the top 20 list. Next month we expect to see the Nokia X in the ranks of bestsellers as it is moving up fast after just two months of sales.

Top 10 Smartphone* List of May 2014
Rank Brand Model Category
1 Apple iPhone 5s smartphone
2 Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone
3 Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone
4 Samsung Note 3 smartphone
5 Apple iPhone 5c smartphone
6 Apple iPhone 4S smartphone
7 Xiaomi MI3 smartphone
8 Samsung Galaxy S4 mini smartphone
9 Xiaomi Hongmi Redrice smartphone
10 Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 smartphone

(table source: Monthly Market Pulse May 2014)
* Mobile Phone sales only (not shipments). Tablets, PCs, dongles, fixed wireless devices not included. All regional or minor hardware variations included in each model.

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Tom is an expert in the telecoms industry with 14 years of experience. He provides practical advice for the short term goals of clients as well as insights for long term vision.

Previously he was a celebrated world renowned analyst at Strategy Analytics. He first introduced value share and profit share. He also created the Smartphone Strategies service and headed the research growing it to become the largest service in the company.

Tom also worked for LG Electronics within the Mobile Communications Company in various roles.


5 Comments for this entry

July 16th, 2014 on 6:00 pm

The bestselling phone, but….. not the best phone.

July 21st, 2014 on 1:42 pm

Xiaomi Mi3 is the best smartphone. No regret

alan smith
December 15th, 2014 on 7:36 am

it looks like iPhone 5s will stay up there for long time as best selling phone, anyways I like HTC One m8, I checked some deals on iPhone 5s and the prices are not bad on

July 16th, 2014 on 5:11 pm

That is pretty good considering there are over 10,000 android phones on the market, and iPhone 5s is outselling them all? But yet Apple sucks to a lot of people. Just the haters who bought an android to begin with. lol

Dragon Slayer
September 23rd, 2014 on 4:25 am

@Dragon That’s because if you want IOS you only have 3 choices mostly. But if you want android you have so many more choices. With all those choices that fits more of peoples needs means that individual droid hardware is gonna sell less than the other guy. But last year Samsung sold almost 600 million compared to apples 150 million. Those haters have a reason to hate and go to a wider selection of hardware to suite their needs better than just 1, 2, or 3 options.

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