Samsung racks up ten million Galaxy S4 shipments

Samsung has sold ten million Galaxy S4 phones to retailers and operators less than a month after launch, making it the company’s fastest-selling smartphone.

Samsung racks up ten million Galaxy S4 shipments

The Galaxy S3 hit ten million shipments 50 days after launch, while the S2 took five months and the original Galaxy S seven months to reach that total, according to Samsung. It’s worth noting that these figures reflect channel sales, not direct sales to consumers.

That tallies with strong analyst predictions for the Galaxy S4, with Jeffries analyst Peter Misek previously forecasting 100 million sales over the device’s lifetime. That’s compared with a predicted 60 million sales over the Galaxy S3’s lifetime.

But though the device is propelling Samsung forward, the S4 still doesn’t match the iPhone 5 in terms of early sales. Apple claimed it sold five million iPhone 5 units directly to consumers in the first weekend alone. A study from uSwitch measuring sales, searches and pre-orders through April also put the S4 as the third most popular smartphone in the UK, behind the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S.

Samsung said it would release the Galaxy S4 in new colours throughout 2013, with red and blue models set to appear in the summer, and purple and brown handsets in autumn.

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