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May 13, 2014

Did the Samsung Galaxy S5 beat the iPhone 5S’ sales figures?

Samsung shipped 10 million S5 devices in the first 25 days of sale.

By Ben Sullivan

Samsung shipped 10 million Galaxy S5 smartphones worldwide in the first 25 days on the market, the Korea Economic Daily has reported.

The newspaper did not cite where it got the figure, but the news is consistent with previous sales reports from Samsung. Samsung reported that it was seven months before the original Galaxy S sold 10 million units, and five months for the Galaxy S2.

In 2012, when the Galaxy S3 came out, Samsung had managed to sell 10 million in just over one month, and the S4 rocketed to 10 million in just 27 days.

Apple’s iPhone 5S and 5C figures are a stark contrast. The models, which were released in September 2013, sold a combined 9 million units in just three days. Apple usually releases iPhones on a Friday, and then announces the sales figures for the first weekend. Granted, the number of 9 million is for both the 5S and 5C models, and it was also the first day one release of iPhones in China, but Apple limited the release to just 11 markets to start with, compared to the S5‘s 125 countries.

The first iPhone, released in 2007, sold 1 million in around 74 days as reported by Apple. The 3G and 3GS tipped over 1 million sales in their first weekends, and the iPhone 4 made 1.7 million sales in the first weekend. The iPhone 4S opened up with 4 million and the iPhone 5 debuted to a 5 million weekender.

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