May 23, 2013
Samsung Galaxy S4 Sells 10 Million In Under A Month
Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
Samsung released their newest flagship Android phone, the Galaxy S4, across the globe on April 27. On May 10, American AT&T customers got their first chance to carry the “Next Big Thing” before their T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon counterparts. Now the Korean company is saying they´ve already sold 10 million of the latest Galaxy device “in record time,” handily beating out the 50 days it took the S3 to reach the same milestone. Samsung´s biggest rival, Apple, was able to sell 5 million of their flagship iPhone 5 in the first three days of availability.
According to Samsung´s numbers, these new devices are selling at a rate of four units per second, and to help increase this rate, the company has announced that two new colors — Blue Arctic and Red Aurora — will be released this summer. Purple Mirage and Brown Autumn will follow once the fall arrives.
"On behalf of Samsung, I would like to thank the millions of customers around the world who have chosen the Samsung GALAXY S4. At Samsung we'll continue to pursue innovation inspired by and for people," said Samsung´ Mobile´s CEO JK Shin in a press statement.
The S4 is currently available in 110 countries and is slated to arrive in a total of 155 countries on 327 carriers.
Of course, one can´t speak of Samsung without mentioning Apple, and vice versa. As just mentioned, while 10 million is quite an impressive feat, their Cupertino-based competitor likely sold more iPhone 5s in the same amount of time, peddling five million in the first three days and a total of 47.8 million in the holiday quarter which ended December 29.
Just as it was last year, Samsung released their highly anticipated Galaxy S months before Apple is expected to ship their latest iPhone. As Samsung releases multiple phones throughout the year, most of which run Android, the company often bests Apple in terms of total market share.
According to Bloomberg, Samsung holds about 31.7 percent of the global market with Apple and LG in a distant second and third with 17.3 percent and 4.1 percent, respectively. This ranking is expected to remain stable as Android and Samsung devices become more popular and are released more frequently. Though Samsung leads in numbers shipped, Apple remains the leader in terms of profit.
While the Samsung-Apple rivalry tends to dominate the smartphone landscape, the Galaxy maker is being increasingly seen as a fierce competitor for Google, the maker of the operating system used in most Galaxy devices. Though smartphone makers HTC, LG and Google-owned Motorola install Android on their flagship devices, Samsung dominates the Android market. According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung has a commanding lead in terms of profit in the Android realm, capturing a 95 percent share of a $5 billion global profit.
HTC´s flagship phone, the HTC One, has often been touted as a better device amongst tech reviewers, though sales of this device have not come close to Samsung´s or Apple´s numbers.
Apple is expected to release their newest iPhone this fall.