Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPhone 5S is the world’s best-selling smartphone. A recent report from market research group Counterpoint Technology unveiled the numbers that show Apple is in the lead.

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Numbers show Apple’s iPhone 5S in the lead

The company compiled data from the numbers of smartphones sold  instead of the number of units shipped in May 2014. This took out the possibility manufacturers skewing data by stuffing retail channels with products that were not sold. The research company surveyed 35 countries. The survey shows the iPhone 5S outsold all the other smartphones, however Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:0059935)’s Galaxy S5 ranks at number two, right below the iPhone 5S. The Galaxy S4 and Note 3 hold third and fourth place. Apple’s iPhone 5C took the fifth spot while iPhone 4S sits at sixth place.

Apple’s iPhone still trumps Galaxy S5

This research revealed on Monday, but the study results are relatively older. Although the results are likely accurate, the information could be outdated. Moreover, the results only reflect 35 countries which is a small sample for worldwide sales. All of that aside, it does not take rocket science to figure out Apple’s iPhone 5S is a popular phone and big seller. Even with the iPhone 6 just around the corner, Apple’s current smartphone is still in the lead. The fact Apple sold more iPhone 5S devices than Samsung sold Galaxy S5 devices may come across as surprising to some.

The Galaxy S5 is still considered one of the most popular smartphones in the market but the fact Apple’s current (and older) phone trumped Galaxy’s latest phone. With the upcoming iPhone 6 (which is actually rumored to be two phones including a phablet) which is expected to debut this fall, Samsung may fall further behind in terms of sales especially if the phone meets or exceeds expectations. It could be a big year for Apple.