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Galaxy S5 Reportedly Tops iPhone 5s in Launch Weekend Sales

by Jacob Kleinman | April 24, 2014April 24, 2014 9:00 am PST

Apple clearly isn’t having any trouble selling iPhones, but it looks like Cupertino’s popularity here in the U.S. is no match for Samsung. A new report from iQmetrix claims to reveal that the Galaxy S5 soundly outsold the iPhone 5s over each phone’s respective launch weekend.

Based on data from over 15,000 stores across North America, the company was able to compare sales for the iPhone 5s and Galaxy S5 through its retail management system, which it says processes 14.5 million smartphones sales on average per year. The report reveals that the Galaxy S5 dominated 23 percent of phone sales over its launch weekend in the U.S. and 18 percent of phones sold in Canada. By comparison, Apple’s latest flagship phone claimed just 18 percent of U.S. smartphones sales over its own launch weekend last September, along with 13 percent of Canadian sales.

Considering the frenzy around the iPhone 5s release last year, it’s definitely surprising to learn that the Galaxy S5 may have outsold its chief competitor by such a wide margin. Of course, Samsung’s new smartphone is an impressive device, and arguably marks a bigger update over the Galaxy S4 compared to any differences between the iPhone 5 and 5s. Then again, if rumors of a larger iPhone 6 prove true, Apple’s next smartphone launch could put Samsung’s Galaxy S5 to shame.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...