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Galaxy S4 shipments rocket to 40M, but sales are slowing

Zach Epstein
October 24th, 2013 at 2:30 PM
Galaxy S4 Shipments

Cumulative channel sales of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone have reported reached the 40 million unit mark. Samsung’s mobile boss JK Shin apparently confirmed the impressive feat to Korean-language without providing a regional breakdown or stating exactly when the milestone was hit. The South Korean electronics giant first launched the Galaxy S4 in late April, suggesting it took about six months for Samsung to ship its 40 millionth handset.

CNET UK did some quick calculations and the site says it took about 114 days for Galaxy S4 shipments to jump from 20 million units in early July to 40 million. The blog then noted that shipments of Samsung’s previous-generation Galaxy S III flagship phone reached 20 million units in September last year and 40 million units this past January, which is just two weeks shy of the newer Galaxy S4’s pace.

Galaxy S4 shipments shot to 20 million units much quicker than the S III did last year though, reaching the milestone in just over two months while the Galaxy S III took more than 3 months to hit 20 million units. This also means that Samsung’s S4 sales pace is now slowing significantly as we head into the holiday shopping season, however.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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