Samsung Galaxy S5 reportedly nets 10 million sales in 25 days, barely outdoing its predecessor
According to a report coming out of Samsung’s home country of South Korea, Samsung has managed to break another record by selling 10 million Galaxy S5 units in just 25 days. The information hasn’t been officially confirmed by the company, however. It’s odd for it not to, since in recent years Samsung loved boasting about such things.
Maybe it has something to do with the fact that while this is a record-breaking achievement for both Samsung and the Android world, the Galaxy S5 only outdid the Galaxy S4 from last year by two days. The Galaxy S4 needed 27 days to reach 10 million sales, compared to the Galaxy S III’s 50 days.
So the growth for Samsung’s high-end devices seems to be grinding to a halt year-on-year, if we go by this metric alone. It’s easy to understand then why the company insists on releasing many other, lower-priced devices too – there are still growth prospects in the midrange or low-end markets.
What further complicates matters is that the Galaxy S4 launched last year in 60 countries at first, whereas on April 11 its successor became available in a whopping 125. If you factor that into the growth calculation, things will obviously get worse for Samsung.
Finally, let’s acknowledge that we’ve been talking about devices shipped to carriers and retailers, and not actual sales to end-users. Though this is true for every time we talk about Samsung sales, because that’s the metric most of the mobile industry reports (and bases various calculations on).