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RBC: Samsung could sell 80 million Samsung Galaxy S4 units this year

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RBC: Samsung could sell 80 million Samsung Galaxy S4 units this year
RBC Capital Markets says that Samsung could sell 80 million units of the Samsung Galaxy S4 this year. That's despite tough competition from the HTC One and the Apple iPhone 5. The investment firm's Mark Sue told clients that while it took 50 days for the Samsung Galaxy S III to reach the 10 million sales mark, the current model accomplished this feat in under two weeks.

Sue sees 20 million units of the Samsung Galaxy S4 by the time the current quarter ends. He also predicts that the third iteration of the Galaxy Note line will come to market in September and suggests that smartphone growth this year will be led by low-end and mid-range models. He expects sales to rise 26% this year to 860 million units and shoot up an additional 20% in 2014 to 1 billion units.

If Sue is right, 9 out of every 100 smartphones sold this year will be the Samsung Galaxy S4. He also told clients that sales of the 16GB model are strong with the 32GB model in black "mostly sold out". And the analyst sees Apple fighting back with the Apple iPhone 5, the Apple iPhone 5S and an Apple iPhone mini which is probably the low-cost model we've talked about before.

"Galaxy S-4 demand in the first month of availability has been incrementally better than our estimate of 10M units. In comparison, the S-III took nearly 2 months (50 days) to achieve the 10M units mark. Our broad-based channel checks at U.S. stores indicate that demand for the 16G S-4 devices remains strong with 32G Black devices mostly sold-out and 32G White devices yet to make it to the stores. At this pace, the GS-4 is likely to cross 20M shipments in 2Q13, potentially reaching 80M S-4 unit shipments in CY13. We expect the new version of Samsung’s Note (III) to hit retail shelves in September. We expect Apple to have an updated multi-device smartphone portolio [sic] with the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5 and iPhone mini this year."-Mark Sure, analyst, RBC

source: BGR

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posted on 30 May 2013, 21:36 11

1. thethird (Posts: 72; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


More powers to the 4th power! [+]

posted on 31 May 2013, 07:05 2

18. james004 (Posts: 471; Member since: 15 May 2013)


S4 only has 3-4 months before other high end phones start coming out. they wont change the sales of S4 alot but they will bring it little dont atleast. so this 80 million prediction just by first month sales is wrong

posted on 30 May 2013, 21:42 13

2. chistoefurpuffer (Posts: 139; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


That's great news! Hope Samsung can really pull it off!

posted on 30 May 2013, 21:45 19

3. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


SAMSUNG™
S4®
ANDROID©
FTW™®©

posted on 31 May 2013, 02:52 3

16. TheBitterrTruth (unregistered)


Everybody loves dreaming!

posted on 31 May 2013, 03:12 7

17. _Bone_ (Posts: 2104; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Nah man many actually bought the dream.

posted on 31 May 2013, 07:22 2

20. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Nokia fanboys the most.. lol

posted on 30 May 2013, 21:45 17

4. donjunior (Posts: 50; Member since: 28 May 2013)


Bec S4 is a powerful and monster device. Galaxy Brand is so popular nowadays beating the iPhone's popularity (so primitive if you compare to other Android OEMs). Galaxy is the New Era. Samsung is the new KING.

posted on 30 May 2013, 21:52 4

5. shreehari (Posts: 45; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


impossible

posted on 30 May 2013, 22:18 15

7. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Possible™

posted on 30 May 2013, 22:01 1

6. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Holy Topeka !!!!

posted on 30 May 2013, 22:32 5

8. FlushGordon (unregistered)


Sue them Apple! This is not fair!

posted on 31 May 2013, 02:23 5

15. ebubekir26 (Posts: 307; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


jealous ass sucker

posted on 31 May 2013, 07:25 2

21. Diego! (Posts: 500; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


I think FlushGordon is being sarcastic and it's making a joke. ;)

posted on 01 Jun 2013, 07:28

25. ebubekir26 (Posts: 307; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


nope, I think you don't know him..
I hated his stupid comments bashing Samsung,
I understand jokes on PhoneArena I often give them a like,, but Apple fans that bash other company's ? no like for them

posted on 30 May 2013, 23:02 1

9. PermanentHiatus (Posts: 267; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


80 million. So who's the shee eeep now?

posted on 30 May 2013, 23:19 8

11. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


The people who went from the iPhone 4 to the 4S, or even the 5, just so they could say, "I have the new on". That won't change.

posted on 31 May 2013, 07:25 2

22. Diego! (Posts: 500; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


+1000000 LOL xD

posted on 30 May 2013, 23:05

10. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


RBC capital is most likely heavily invested in Samsung, and their statements have no credibility.

posted on 30 May 2013, 23:45 7

12. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 May 2013)


Lol @ FlushGordon and UrbanPhantom

posted on 31 May 2013, 01:33 4

13. sniperdroid (Posts: 110; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Nokia dethroned by iPhone, iPhone dethroned by Samsung, Samsung dethroned by??? If you've noticed it's a cycle, same happened with Blackberry, HTC, Motorola etc. Samsung is the king right now but they should keep their innovations coming or else they'll fall into the cycle.

posted on 31 May 2013, 07:27 1

23. johnriii (Posts: 221; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


nice observation, and very true. I believe samsung has learned from others mistakes, and will do everything possible to avoid them. I believe I read somewhere that samsung execs are actually talking about the design of the next samsung series? and I believe those talks are about minimizing the "plastic" of their products. if that is true, then they are listening to the masses, despite their huge sales numbers.

posted on 31 May 2013, 01:44 2

14. ray77 (Posts: 121; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)


let see... it be great!!!

posted on 31 May 2013, 07:06 2

19. jlim33 (Posts: 18; Member since: 30 May 2013)


keep it up and undoubtedly you will reign and rule the tech world. Go Samsung!

posted on 31 May 2013, 10:57 1

24. PhoneCritic (Posts: 353; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Had no doubt about it. Seeing many kids in the northeast school districts now carrying S4 instead of iPhones - To them the luster has worn off because everyone got an iPhone even their Teachers,parents and grandparents who they don't want to identify with so "BAM!!" To be different they all switch to Samsung devices because its cool now to have a S3 or S4. Samsung will have it's time then it will be another manufactures time.

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