A news report out of Asia earlier this week suggested that Samsung has shipped more than 10 million Galaxy S5 units in just 25 days, slightly quicker than it sold as many Galaxy S4 units. Today, we have confirmation from Samsung mobile co-CEO JK Shin that the device is indeed, so far, more successful than its predecessor.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Shin said that Samsung has shipped 11 million Galaxy S5 devices since the phone’s global debut on April 11. “It’s been a month since we began selling the S5, and out of the gate, sales are much stronger than the Galaxy S4,” Shin told the news outlet.
Samsung has put plenty of efforts in emerging smartphone markets, particularly in places like China, but its flagship was designed for developed smartphone markets, where it’s selling particularly well. The Wall Street Journal said Shin pointed to Australia, Germany and the United States as three especially strong markets for the Galaxy S5. Shin said the device has been successful for a few reasons, but one suggests that, perhaps, the success is purely logistical.
Samsung opened up sales of the Galaxy S5 in 125 countries at the same time, which means sales might be off to a better start over the Galaxy S4 simply because it’s available in more areas at once. The long term figures, after the phone has been on the market for a few months and hype starts the recede, will be more telling.