updated 03:59 pm EDT, Fri May 17, 2013
Race to 10M sales faster than Galaxy S3 by almost three weeks
Samsung is expecting to hit the 10 million sales milestone for its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4, in the next week. If reached, Samsung co-CEO Shin Jong-kyun believes it would become the fastest selling smartphone in the company's history, beating its predecessor to the very same sales barrier by almost three weeks.
Addressing reporters at an industry forum in Seoul, co-CEO Shin Jong-kyun claimed "We are confident that we will pass more than 10 million sales of the S4 next week. It is selling much faster than the previous model S3." After commenting on the 50 days it took for the Galaxy S3 to reach 10 million, Shin advised the Korea Times that it will be "Samsung's first '10 million seller' device less than a month after its official debut."
While Samsung has been enjoying high sales of the Galaxy S4, the 10 million milestone could possibly have been reached quicker. It has launched on most of the main carriers in the US, with Verizon stocking it at the end of May, the launch in Australia was hampered by shipping delays, and the underwhelming reviews have seen many critics point potential customers in the direction of the HTC One instead.