The Samsung Galaxy S4 has shifted an astounding four million units in under a week, an exec at the phone-maker has claimed.
The fourth-generation kit, which officially hit shop shelves on April 26th, looks well on course to be the S-giant’s most successful smartphone yet, after an unnamed mover-and-shaker told Korean news site The Chosunilbo that “as of the end of April, we supplied four million Galaxy S4 handsets to telecommunication operators around the world".
The S4 broke Samsung’s internal records by some distance, outperforming the Galaxy S3, which took 21 days to ship three million units, while the Galaxy S2 and the original Galaxy S trailed even further behind at 55 and 85 days respectively.
The loose-lipped exec went on reveal that as of May 10th, Samsung has sold “more than 6 million units, and we predict that we could break the 10-million mark by as early as the end of this month."
While these figures clearly refer to handsets shipped to retailers and networks, not those in consumers’ hands, there’s no doubt that the S4 is currently the most in-demand smartphone on the market right now, with many vendors selling out or facing chronic stock shortages.
The shipment numbers also further highlight Samsung’s phenomenal rise in the mobile landscape, having muscled out the likes of Nokia, HTC and Apple to become the world’s leading smartphone manufacturer.
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