Galaxy S10 forecasts increased as 'differentiation' from iPhone boosts sales

Galaxy S10 forecasts increased as 'differentiation' from iPhone boosts sales
The Samsung Galaxy S10+

A mention of Ming-Chi Kuo’s name usually means new Apple predictions. Today, however, the analyst is breaking with tradition by providing his sales predictions for another lineup of premium smartphones – the Galaxy S10 series.

Previously, Kuo had estimated Galaxy S10 shipments of between 30 and 35 million units by the end of the year. In light of strong pre-order demand, though, the analyst has now increased his estimates rather drastically to between 40 and 45 million units.

According to Kuo, the strong demand for the lineup is down to multiple factors. Firstly, he has confirmed that, as previously reported, interest in the flagships are up significantly in China. Secondly, trade-in programs and a changing view on high-end devices appear to be helping sales. More importantly, though, is the spec differentiation from iPhone models.

The analyst has previously suggested that Apple’s 2019 iPhone series will adopt features such as the triple-camera setup and reverse wireless charging. But the Galaxy S10 series already offers these, and at lower prices.

Samsung’s latest flagships also include a number of other features that can’t be found on Apple’s flagships such as the ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner. As a result, it seems as Samsung might be stealing some of Apple’s beloved customers. 

In terms of how these Galaxy S10 series sales estimates compare to Galaxy S9 shipments, the predicted figures would represent a year-on-year increase of between 30% and 40%. This means that, if sales do indeed reach expectations, Huawei might have a tough time stealing Samsung’s number one crown this year.

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28 Comments

1. kryme

Posts: 468; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Triple cam and reverse wireless charging is not enough for the iPhone.. atlease not if u coming from the max

4. Tipus

Posts: 785; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

In display fp scanner, double front camera, better screen, better battery life and more :)

20. Mike88

Posts: 88; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Samsung can never steal from Apple user database.. Because once you use an iPhone you know how superior the iPhone is from the other android phones including Samsung,, I'm saying this because after being a Samsung user for years I found out how bad android is but I still waited for S10 to launch and bought an iPhone xs with Apple watch on launch day. I think it's the best choice I made because the iPhone is so amazing. People who spend extra on Apple iPhone aren't stupid. These are the real secure smartphones. Android is a joke.

21. Vancetastic

Posts: 746; Member since: May 17, 2017

Your post is super believable. No, really.

26. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

Yea right, lmao

6. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That's a personal call. But it's not just those things, it's those on top of the other features Samsung phones have had for years that iPhones don't, plus a slightly better (but still bad) answer to the front camera in an all screen device.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

5G Note 10 is the one, as Apple takes the conservative (lazy laurel) approach, and gives us the XSS, XRS, and XSS Max this year.

3. Vancetastic

Posts: 746; Member since: May 17, 2017

They are transitioning to a “services” company. Right?

12. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 636; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Hopefully that means "full service"... Google is ready for it's blumpkin by now, so - ease down on your knees and pucker up Apple.. That's a good boy! ;)

19. Vancetastic

Posts: 746; Member since: May 17, 2017

Ha! I haven’t heard “blumpkin” in a while...

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Most leaks and reports say a very minimal upgrade is coming. It'll be a good device, but I personally wanna see Apple get back to serious innovation.

24. Vancetastic

Posts: 746; Member since: May 17, 2017

At least redesign the UI. It’s getting tired, in my opinion.

8. sissy246

Posts: 6959; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

It is so hard waiting for the best phone of 2019 , the s10 note.

5. LawnBoy

Posts: 99; Member since: Feb 23, 2019

Well they can't make a competitive phone anymore so I guess it's time for a poor man's Netflix service.

7. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 636; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

All hail the fall of iPhone! :)

10. adeelzsoomro

Posts: 23; Member since: Jan 07, 2019

At this stage Apple really needs a Steve Jobs like person, Apple change it’s focus to hardware to software and jobs believe in one thing “if you really care about your software then make your own hardware” nobody can fill his gap

11. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2118; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Pretty sad that an S10 for ONE FULL YEAR only sells less than 45 million units. Note series makes up less than 15 million. So the rest is made up of S9, S8, Note 9 in which makes up another 50 million. Out of 300 million sold less than 100 million a year for Galaxy phones. The rest is made up of $200-$300 phones. Wow Samsung you know how to sell the shareholders and keep them happy selling $200-$300 to equal out the 300 million sold. Amazing...lol!

13. sissy246

Posts: 6959; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Wow, i always thought there was 12 months in a year. I didn't know the middle of march to dec 31st was a full year.

17. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2118; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Close enough. Add another 4-5 million units per month. That would give Samsung less than 50 million sold on Galaxy S10. The Galaxy are popular phones, but the 300 million sold a year is number that causes more speculation on what’s been sold.

15. OneLove123

Posts: 792; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

It's 9 months, you rock!

28. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And they're still the best flagships on the market. So, your point?

14. mahima

Posts: 714; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

The only phones that i would feel like "upgrade" from my current phone is s10 series.

16. alligator

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 09, 2016

If I was an Apple user, and having iPhone X, XS or even iPhone 8+ I will seriously think if I want to buy the new iPhone in 2019. I don't see a serious difference for the past 2-3 years and expecting to see the same in 2019. This means that Apple will need to attract the people with the older iPhones eventually or just drop the support for some of the very old models so they can be forced to buy a new one.

18. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

that is literally how everyone is doing it now- incremental upgrades. I wont be upgrading to any phone for the next couple of years...slimmer bezels and slightly improved cameras is not enough.

23. midan

Posts: 2557; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

I think Kuo is crazy with these new numbers, soon he will drop the numbers. There will be good peak sales as Samsung fans been waiting these phones a long time. After they get them sales going to go down fast, just like every year after S4. I think if they reach 30 million they are very lucky.

25. Vancetastic

Posts: 746; Member since: May 17, 2017

Why so bitter? It’s not like you have a weird “thing” about Samsung or anything.

29. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It kills him that Samsung keeps putting out better phones than Apple.

27. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

Dont the iPhone function in the same form sales wise? After the initial hype where fans line up to buy then sales go back down to slowly crawling. Aplle stop sharing figures because they doesn't want you sheep to know how crappy sales are. Timmy better pray those shi*ty services they're about to offer is the answer, because gone are the glory days of iPhone sales records.

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