Top Ten smartphones of 2014

Top 10 Smartphones sold Globally During Sep 2014

Apple’s iPhone 6 immediately rose to the top of the list during September despite the fact that it was only available after September 19th. The iPhone 6 narrowly beat Samsung’s Galaxy 5 with just a 17% difference in sales numbers.

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 has been the first runner up consistently for over 5 months. It was almost about to beat the year old iPhone 5S but then this month, the iPhone 6 has come storming in. It will be hard to change the downward trend of the Galaxy S5 as the price is already quite moderate compared to the price erosion curve of previous models like the Galaxy S4 and S3. Samsung’s Note III and Galaxy S4 are also int eh top 10 list. But it Apple which has the most.

Xiaomi has two models in the top 10 list, the Mi 3 and Redmi Note. The long time bestseller Redmi 1S is just outside the list as it has proved to be a hit in its newly entered markets such as India. With the Mi 4 slowly growing in volume it looks like Xiaomi has enough fuel to last till the year end of 2014.

Motorola’s Moto G has entered the top 10 list for the first time as it has been a bestseller in every major Emerging Market. It is close to the end of its life cycle. So it will be interesting to see if its successors will have similar popularity.

Just outside the top 10 is the LG G3 which has been the hero for LG helping it return to profitability in the third quarter of 2014. Huawei’s Honor 6 and P7 are also contenders as well as the Galaxy S5 mini.

Rank Brand Model Category 1 Apple iPhone 6 smartphone 2 Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone 3 Apple iPhone 5S smartphone 4 Samsung Note 3 smartphone 5 Apple iPhone 6 Plus smartphone 6 Xiaomi Mi 3 smartphone 7 Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone 8 Xiaomi Redmi Note smartphone 9 Apple iPhone 5C smartphone 10 Motorola Moto G smartphone

(table source: Monthly Market Pulse September 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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