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Samsung's flagship phone is king of the Android market

Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930) continues on its tear in the smartphone industry.  Nearly as profitable as arch-rival Apple, Inc. (AAPL) [1][2], Samsung is on pace to sell 390 million smartphones this year, an incredible number.

Early sales numbers from the Galaxy S IV are looking healthy.  Despite criticism over its plastic-body, strong marketing appears to have come through for Samsung.  The company's co-CEO JK Shin announced to The Korea Times that the handset will hit the 10 million unit sales mark next week, a mere four weeks after its global launch.

By contrast, Samsung's last-generation flagship phone, the Galaxy S IIItook seven weeks to hit that mark.

The Samsung handset had a rather bizarre unveil:

... but appears to be keeping pace sales-wise.  It should get another little boost on June 26, when an unlocked version comes to Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Play store, priced at $649 USD.

Source: Korea Times

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RE: Context
By mcnabney on 5/17/2013 1:14:26 PM , Rating: 3
You know good and well that Apple massively front-ends their sales - usually the very first day.

RE: Context
By cyberguyz on 5/17/2013 5:27:49 PM , Rating: 2
That's not something Tony boy likes to think about or would admit even if he did.

RE: Context
By Solandri on 5/17/2013 5:37:12 PM , Rating: 2
iPhone 5 sales:
3Q2012: 6 million (1 week)
4Q2012: 27.4 million (13 weeks)

Average per week after the first week = 2.1 million/wk

I'd be curious how Samsung's numbers break down. But with the S4 being released in the middle of 2Q, I doubt we'll ever get reliable first week sales figures. The long-term average is all we can go by.

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