iPhone 5S Ranks as World's Best Selling Smartphone

Apple's iPhone 5S is the best selling smartphone around the world, beating out Samsung's Galaxy S5 and S4. That proclamation comes courtesy of the market research company Counterpoint Technology after compiling sales data from 35 countries.

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Counterpoint Technology looked at information for smartphones sold instead of units shipped through May 2014, which took out the possibility of any manufacturer artificially skewing the data by stuffing retail channels with unsold product. 

According to Counterpoint's channel survey across 35 countries, the iPhone 5S outshone all other smartphones while Samsung's Galaxy S5 trailed behind in second place. Samsung's Galaxy S4 and Note 3 held the third and fourth place spots, while the iPhone 5C and iPhone 4S followed in fifth and sixth place.

Counterpoint Technology said in a note,

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 place but still a quite distant number two in terms of (sell through) unit sales.

The top ten list includes several larger-size display devices, showing a growing trend in smartphones that fall somewhere between a big phone and small tablet. The company expects if Apple releases a similar large screen device this year it'll quickly become a best seller and jump to the top of the sales list within two months of launch.

Rounding out the rest of the top ten were the Xiaomi MI3 and Hongmi Redrice along with Samsung's Galaxy S4 mini and Galaxy Grand 2.