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iPhone 8 Screencap: Apple

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were the top-selling smartphones in October worldwide, propelling Apple ahead of competitors like Samsung, according to data from market research firm Counterpoint.

Apple released the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus devices in September alongside the Apple TV 4K and Apple Watch Series 3. The iPhone 8 was launched before Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone, the iPhone X, hit the market in early November.

iPhone 8 vs. Galaxy Note 8

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus took the top two spots in the list of best-selling smartphones worldwide, with a 4.6 percent and 4 percent market share, respectively. The Apple devices beat Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, which came in at third place with a 2.4 percent market share, and the Galaxy S8 Plus, which took the fourth spot. Global sales of the iPhone 8 nearly doubled that of the Galaxy Note 8, according to Counterpoint data.

Like the iPhone 8, Samsung also released the Galaxy Note 8 in September, with a $930 starting price. The Galaxy S8 Plus was released in April alongside the Galaxy S8, and costs $824.99 for the unlocked 64GB model.

Meanwhile, the iPhone 6, iPhone 7, Galaxy S8 and Vivo X20 had a 1.2 percent market share in October. Counterpoint released a breakdown of the numbers:

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iPhone 8 worldwide sales beat Galaxy Note 8 sales in October 2017. Counterpoint

iPhone 8 Vs. iPhone X

While the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus took the tops spots, the anticipated release of the iPhone X led to lower sales of the iPhone 8, compared to last year’s iPhone 7, the research firm noted. The attention was also noticeable during release days, since there was less excitement at Apple stores on the iPhone 8 launch, compared to when the iPhone X became available.

The 4.7-inch iPhone 8 and 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus are both dust and water resistant, support wireless charging technology with separately-sold accessories and sport a glass front and back. The smartphones feature a Retina display and still include the Touch ID. The iPhone 8 includes a single camera and the iPhone 8 Plus includes a horizontal dual camera system. The iPhone 8 costs $699, while the iPhone 8 Plus is priced at $799.

The iPhone X, Apple’s flagship smartphone this year, has more features. The 10th anniversary iPhone includes the Face ID system, which is used to unlock the device, to make payments and for the Animoji feature. The iPhone X sports an edge-to-edge Super Retina display with OLED technology and does away with the home button. The iPhone X also comes with a vertical-dual camera system, which includes larger and faster sensors.

While the iPhone X has more features than the iPhone 8, the 10th anniversary iPhone wasn’t able to beat the iPhone 8 in the Consumer Reports recommended list. The site said the iPhone X’s durability and battery life scores put the iPhone X behind the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.