CEO opens up on sales of the flagship Android smartphone
KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung's flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone will reach the 10 million sales milestone next week, according to the firm's co-CEO
Speaking to the Korea Times, Samsung co-CEO JK Shin talked up how well the Samsung Galaxy S4 has been selling since its release in April. He said, "We are confident that we will pass more than 10 million sales of the [Galaxy] S4 next week. It is selling much faster than the previous model [Galaxy] S3."
What isn't clear is whether Shin was referring to actual sales or shipments to retailers and mobile operators. However, given that earlier this week it was revealed that Samsung shipped four million Galaxy S4s in five days with the expectation to hit the 10 million mark by the end of the month, we're assuming that he was talking about shipments. We've contacted Samsung to clear this up.
Either way, these statistics make the Samsung Galaxy S4 the firm's fastest selling smartphone to date. If the Samsung Galaxy S4 reaches 10 million sales in the next week it will have done so in less than a month. In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S3 took two months to hit the 10 million sales mark.
"Samsung spent 50 days to pass the 10 million sales mark for the [Galaxy] S3. The [Galaxy] S4 will be Samsung's first '10 million seller' device less than a month after its official debut," Shin added.
These figures show Samsung's continued dominance in the Android market, despite its Galaxy S4 handset being widely criticised for its lack of available storage and its cheap plastic casing. Yesterday, for example, it was revealed thatSamsung rakes in 95 percent of all profits in the Android industry, putting rivals HTC and Sony to shame.