Samsung's Galaxy S4 soars to 10m sales in under a month

At the beginning of the year, we reported on the phenomenal popularity of Samsung's Galaxy S range; by early January, over 100m of the handsets had been sold worldwide across three generations of devices. The fourth iteration was announced in March, with the launch of the Galaxy S4. Despite a short delay to its launch in some markets, the handset went on sale at the end of April

Today, Samsung confirmed that it has sold over 10m S4 handsets in less than a month on sale, making it the fastest-selling smartphone in the company's history. The S4 was launched simultaneously in 60 countries around the world, but is now available in 110; as Reuters reports, Samsung plans to expand availability further to encompass 327 carriers in 155 countries by the end of June.

Meanwhile, ITWorld reports that the company intends to expand its range of colour offerings for the S4; having launched in 'White Mist' and 'Black Forest', this summer will see the launch of 'Blue Arctic' and 'Red Aurora' options, while later this year, Samsung will add 'Purple Mirage' and 'Brown Autumn' to the line-up. 

Samsung is reportedly aiming to broaden the appeal of the S4 even further, with a range of spin-off handsets, including the smaller 'Mini'; 'Zoom', a version with a higher-resolution camera; and 'Activ', a ruggedised variant created with more robust materials.

Source: Reuters / ITWorld | Image via Samsung

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I read somewhere a few days ago that Samsung announce the 10M sales to store such as Best Buy, Verizon etc etc. So this is not actually 10M people that own this.

iPhone 5 reached those numbers in matter of days… at least comparison with the previous S3 and current iPhone would give more perspective, don't you guys think?

einsteinbqat said,
iPhone 5 reached those numbers in matter of days… at least comparison with the previous S3 and current iPhone would give more perspective, don't you guys think?

Probably, but it gets heated when you compare apples to competitors.

Einstein once said that human stupidity was infinite. I guess he was wrong as a small percentage of people are capable of thinking for themselves and choose to purchase something other than what the holy Mr Jobs told them to.

Iridium said,
Einstein once said that human stupidity was infinite. I guess he was wrong as a small percentage of people are capable of thinking for themselves and choose to purchase something other than what the holy Mr Jobs told them to.

Huh… What does this have to do with my post, and the article? I cannot careless for what brand one person decides to buy. I do not see how you picked that up from my post. What people decide to buy is not of my concern. If they feel like they need to be Jobs disciples, fine by me. If they rather go with Samsung, fine by me, too.

In all honesty, i did not even notice your name Just pointing out that sales figures will always be bigger for the items that stupid people seem to like because they are and have always been the larger group.

DKAngel said,
i still think it feels fine doesnt even feel like plastic
Because its not. If you look up poly-carbonate, it isn't a plastic. Plastic is a very generic term used for similar looking materials. True plastics are very soft and very cheap. Which is why they are used for things like bags or water bottles.

Poly-carbonate is a stronger harder polymer based compound that is a mid-grade material. It is stronger than plastic, but not as strong as construction plastic.

In fact, the case on the Galaxy device is more stringer than the plastic used on car bumpers.
The reason the Galaxy devices feel lighter compared to the Lumia is because the Galaxy is modular in design made up of 3 sections. Thus the sections use a thinner amount of material. Unlike the Lumias which are heavy because they chose a unibody design which means the casing is thicker as it uses more material thus making it heavier.

Compared to metal, ploy-carbonate is virtually indestructible. Harder to scratch and dent. The reason Samsung phones feel cheap is because they glaze over the matte finish of the carbonate base.

Whats great about poly-carbonate is you don't have to paint it the color you want. You simply make the base the color you want and its the color period. So even if you scratch it, it is still the same color. It is also much easier to cosmetically repair. You can take clear nail polish and fill in the scratches if you get any and its as good as new once it dries. Something you can't do with metal.

While all the ignorant fanbois continue to diss the material, they can keep paying high prices for ugly cases to cover their phones, or buying fancy plastic screen covers like Zaggs, while us Galaxy folks are rest assured our devices come protected out the box.

The only benefit of metal an glass is looks. Looks aren't eventhing when you have an outdated phones that can't even do what my premium phone can yet you claim yours is premium.

Even tho the HTC One and GS4 both use the exact same hardware, the GS4 beats in in most benchmarks and the fact it is bigger and it wont break when you drop it. I seen vids where when you drop the One, the speak grills came off and the case was damage beyond repair. Because you cant repair it...only replace. While the Galaxy case is full repairable by buying one of the 3 pieces which are cheap.

from a technical standpoint the hardware is stellar. The phone feels cheap though due to the all plastic design. Google even agrees, launching the nexus G4 which is just a software-rebranded Samsung GS4

srbeen said,
from a technical standpoint the hardware is stellar. The phone feels cheap though due to the all plastic design. Google even agrees, launching the nexus G4 which is just a software-rebranded Samsung GS4

It's not a Nexus. It's a Nexus Experience Device.

srbeen said,
from a technical standpoint the hardware is stellar. The phone feels cheap though due to the all plastic design. Google even agrees, launching the nexus G4 which is just a software-rebranded Samsung GS4
The GS4 Google edition is NOT a Nexus device. If you watched the keynote, they are very careful not to call it a Nexus device. You get the Nexus experience, but it's not a true Nexus. This has one main advantage - the microSD slot, that Google doesn't want in Nexus devices.

srbeen said,

So what's the difference between this nexus experience device (a NES4?), and a true nexus? True nexus is world-wide where nexus experiences are exclusive to the USA? http://www.droid-life.com/2013...on-will-be-a-u-s-exclusive/

The Nexus Experience Device Galaxy S4 is not a Nexus because the hardware will be no different than the TouchWiz version. What does that mean to you, well you will get a Nexus Experience Operating System on a Galaxy S4 that has no support for the extra sensors that is on that phone.

So you will be missing support for the Thermometer and Humidity Sensors and what ever else it has that Nexus will not support since it is propitiatory.

A true Nexus device comes with software support for all of the hardware on your device. Hence why you will not see a CDMA variant.

Being U.S. exclusive is not what makes or breaks a Nexus Device.

srbeen said,
from a technical standpoint the hardware is stellar. The phone feels cheap though due to the all plastic design. Google even agrees, launching the nexus G4 which is just a software-rebranded Samsung GS4
Its not plastic. Its poly-carbonate. And it only feels cheap because of the coating. Poly-carboinate is stronger than plastic. Its amazing because Apple chose to use metal and glass, that you all now think plastic is cheap. Poly-carbonate is actually a premium material compared to cheap plastic. Its more durable, harder, water resistant vs cheap plastic and metal devices. Oh and I don't have to go out an spend $30 for a zagg and $50 for a case to protect it.

The Galaxy dveices are modular so the material is thinner, which make it lighter compared to the lumia which is thicker and heavier because they chose a unibody design.

I have a bet for anyone, remove everything you can find in your home or what you own that is plastic and see what you are left with. If you own a car, remove all the plastic parts which will be at least 40% of the car physical elements and see what you are left with.

All of a sudden you all want to criticize plastic. What about all the plastic laptops that are all outselling the Mac 10 to 1? What about all the phones outselling the iPhone nearly 4 to 1?

You actually sound lame when you criticize plastic when the vast majority of the stuff you buy is made of plastic. Its really being stupid IMO.

srbeen said,

So what's the difference between this nexus experience device (a NES4?), and a true nexus? True nexus is world-wide where nexus experiences are exclusive to the USA? http://www.droid-life.com/2013...on-will-be-a-u-s-exclusive/

In reality there is no difference. Its just marketing BS. Its not a Nexus device because it isn't by Google. It is a GS4 by Samsung that uses Android without the TouchWiz skin so that you have Vanilla Android as you would on a Nexus device. The experience of the 2 are identical. The difference is solely the name and nothing else. Its just marketing BS.

TechieXP said,
Its not plastic. Its poly-carbonate. And it only feels cheap because of the coating. Poly-carboinate is stronger than plastic. Its amazing because Apple chose to use metal and glass, that you all now think plastic is cheap. Poly-carbonate is actually a premium material compared to cheap plastic. Its more durable, harder, water resistant vs cheap plastic and metal devices. Oh and I don't have to go out an spend $30 for a zagg and $50 for a case to protect it.

The Galaxy dveices are modular so the material is thinner, which make it lighter compared to the lumia which is thicker and heavier because they chose a unibody design.

I have a bet for anyone, remove everything you can find in your home or what you own that is plastic and see what you are left with. If you own a car, remove all the plastic parts which will be at least 40% of the car physical elements and see what you are left with.

All of a sudden you all want to criticize plastic. What about all the plastic laptops that are all outselling the Mac 10 to 1? What about all the phones outselling the iPhone nearly 4 to 1?

You actually sound lame when you criticize plastic when the vast majority of the stuff you buy is made of plastic. Its really being stupid IMO.

Polycarbonate is a polymer which IS considered a thermoplastic derived from bisphenol A (BPA) and phosgene. Is it a cheap plastic? no. is it a durable plastic? mostly. Is it a light material? yes. Does it feel cheaper than some other plastics? sure. Is it a cheaper design? likely not. Does it scratch easier than glass? no. is scratching more noticeable than glass? sure.

Macs & iPhones aren't moving because of their value for price, not because people crave a plastic-body device. Common sense dictates to most that a metal body over a plastic body isn't worth the 50-75% more cost. $699 for this i7 or $1499 for a macbook i7....

Nobody was criticizing anybody using plastic either, at least I wasn't. Last I heard samsung phones don't have to be held a certain way to work, unlike some metal and glass phones. They are also very light, which allows for more lithium-ion power for instance but adds into the 'cheap' feel.

I don't think anyone who holds a Galaxy S or Galaxy S2 will say it feels like its made cheaply, where people who hold an S3 or S4 will say the feel is too light for the design, and so it 'feels' cheap.

Edited by srbeen, May 24 2013, 7:53pm :