Apple’s 5S 16GB is the world’s most popular smartphone in the first Quarter of 2014. Then the next on the list at number 2 is Samsung’s Galaxy 5S Euro. The rankings were revealed in a new report by ABI Research, a technology marketing firm with offices throughout the world.
The report disclosed that Samsung literally owns 27 percent of the world’s smartphone market. In fact, Samsung’s smartphone offerings earned 3 positions of the Top 5.
The list of the top 5 are as follows: Apple iPhone 5S 16GB
Samsung Galaxy S4 i9500 Euro 16GB Samsung Galaxy S3 i9300 16GB Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE i9505 Apple iPhone 4S 8GB
“Samsung’s dominance is derived by its market leading 27 percent market share and despite Apple’s lower market share its small, clearly tiered portfolio creates significant volume for just a few SKUs,”
Sony and LG rounded out the rankings. And for the first year, the Redmi, a $130 mobile device by Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi, entered the top 20. It is shocking that one of the largest and most successful producers of Chinese hardware, Huawei, didn’t make the Top 20.
Huawei and HTC will likely rejoin their place in the rankings listings by the second quarter of 2014. That’s because Taiwanese cell maker HTC will release a souped up version of their One M8 during that timeframe. And Huawei will release its Ascend P7 then too.
Clearly, according to the list, Apple and Samsung are leading comfortably. Reports from ABI Researchers confirmed that the presence of the Samsung Galaxy S3 i9300 16GB and iPhone 4s 8GB in the top five is testament to the enduring appeal of these models and the vendors strong brand, enabling a long and profitable lifecycle, that other vendors can only dream of.”
Apple sold 150 million iPhones in 2013, with a 15 percent marketshare.