According to data revealed last month, Apple’s iPhone 5S was the best-selling smartphone in the US during September, dethroning Samsung’s Galaxy S4 (which had held the top position for several months before that).
Now, Hong Kong-based market research company Counterpoint has issued a report – including “all regional or minor hardware variations” sold throughout September – which shows that the iPhone 5S bested the Galaxy S4 when it comes to global sales, too. The third spot was taken by Apple’s iPhone 5 (yes, the model released in 2012), while the fourth position belongs to the iPhone 5C – Apple’s first smartphone targeted at customers seeking more affordable devices, released at the same time with the 5S.
Samsung handsets occupy the rest of the top 10 positions, in the following order: Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S III Mini, Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy Note 3, and Galaxy S Duos. In fact, Samsung devices account for “60% of the top 20 list and 50% of the top 100 list.”
Sure enough, Galaxy S4 sales have been on a downward spiral for some time after the handset’s initial launch (back in April), while the iPhone 5S is brand new, so the latter’s top position for September should not surprise anyone.
Huawei and Nokia have made it to top 20 with models like the Ascend P6 and Lumia 520, respectively. Other important smartphone makers, like LG, Sony, ZTE or Sony, have not been mentioned.