iPhone 8 Bestselling Smartphone in May, Samsung Galaxy S9+ Close Behind: Counterpoint

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iPhone 8 Bestselling Smartphone in May, Samsung Galaxy S9+ Close Behind: Counterpoint

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Highlights
  • iPhone 8 manages to rake 2.4 percent of market share
  • Samsung Galaxy S9+ comes in close 2nd with same market share percentage
  • Samsung Galaxy S9 slides down to the sixth spot in May

The lead that Samsung gained in the month of April in smartphone sales figures didn't last long. Now, Apple has again snatched the top spot with the iPhone 8 being the global top selling smartphone for the month of May 2018. However, it managed to win by a very thin margin, with the Samsung Galaxy S9+ coming in a close second. Both the smartphones accounted for 2.4 percent of global smartphone sales market share each. To recall, iPhone 8 was at the fifth spot in the month of April.

The new figures released by Counterpoint Research for the month of May make Apple the winner once again, albeit by a very thin margin. iPhone X stays at the third spot, just like April figures, grabbing 2.3 percent of market share. The report states that Apple regained the top spot in the global bestselling smartphone list due to strong promotions running up to the football World Cup accelerating sales in Europe, and steady sales in the US postpaid channels.

Samsung Galaxy S9 went down from the second spot in the month of April, to the sixth spot in the month of May with a market share of 2.1 percent. This was because sales were slightly weak month-over-month in Europe.

Xiaomi's Redmi 5A gained momentum, mostly because of its good performance in India. The device managed to grab the fourth spot with 2.2 percent market share, compared to 1.5 percent market share in the month of April. To make its presence more prominent in India, Xiaomi is planning to shift tactics from its online-only policy, and is expanding its offline presence with the new Mi Home and Mi Preferred Partner Retail in India. The contribution from offline sales increased from 30 percent in April to 35 percent in May 2018 in India.

Huawei's P20 Lite also made it to the list with 1.4 percent market share, however the entire P20 series combined (P20, P20 Pro, and P20 Lite) were among the top sellers with a 2.6 percent global market share. This share mainly is contributed by its performance in the home market and in India. The other phones that made it to the top ten were the Vivo X21 with its in-display fingerprint scanner and the Oppo A83, thanks to its brand promotions and price cuts.

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Tasneem Akolawala Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. More
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