Samsung says it has sold more than 10 million Galaxy S4 smartphones to retailers and wireless operators less than a month after the handset’s debut, making it the company’s fastest selling smartphone to date.
In a press release Wednesday, the company noted that the GS4’s predecessor, the Galaxy S3, hit the 10 million mark in terms of global channel sales — not sales to consumers — 50 days after its 2012 launch, and that the GS2 and GS took five and seven months, respectively, to reach that mark.
The GS4, then, would seem to be carrying Samsung forward momentum-wise. Still, for comparison’s sake, Apple sold more than 5 million units of the iPhone5 — to consumers — during the first weekend after the gadget’s release. Figures based on channel sales don’t provide details about units left on store shelves or in warehouses.
Meanwhile, HTC has sold 5 million of its new HTC One smartphones in the first month or so. The impressive figure will abate fears that HTC is dead in the water (the company is struggling internally) but does confirm what we all suspected: it isn’t able to keep up with Samsung in sales.
Sales of five million could help HTC bounce back from a string of disastrous financial results. However, given the reportedly poor performance of its Facebook phone, the First, it may not be enough to reestablish the company’s place in the top ten global smartphone sales charts.