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China's Xiaomi Enters Global Top-10 Handset Manufacturers Ranking

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Apple's iPhone 5s continues to be the bestselling phone in the world, according to the February rankings compiled by Counterpoint.

The iPhone 5c comes in at 2nd place in February, mostly due to the big clearance discounts in Western markets. Samsung's Galaxy S4 and Note 3 tie for 3rd place as the end of life cycle Galaxy S4 still pushes huge volumes while the Note 3 is a spectacular hit in Asia markets where its large, high-quality display is seen as particularly attractive.

The big surprise is China's Xiaomi as two of its newest devices enter the ranks of the Global top 10 in February.

Samsung still placed 5 devices in the top 10 list while Apple had 3, new comer Xiaomi had 2. LG and Sony each have one model just outside of the top 10 list. Nokia's 105, 108, 208 top the feature phone hit model list but none of its smartphones are in the top 20 list this month.

Commenting on the analysis, Counterpoint Research Director, Tom Kang noted, "We expect some changes in March and April as the new Galaxy S5 becomes available and the iPhone 5c discounts have ceased. We are also seeing good performances from the Motorola G and Huawei LTE models so there might be some volatility in the best seller's list."

Top 10 smartphone list of February 2014

  1. Apple iPhone 5S
  2. Apple iPhone 5C
  3. Samsung Galaxy S4
  4. Samsung Note 3
  5. Apple iPhone 4S
  6. Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini
  7. Xiaomi Hongmi Redrice
  8. Samsung Galaxy S3
  9. Samsung Galaxy S3 mini
  10. Xiaomi MI 3

(table source: Monthly Market Pulse February 2014)

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