Samsung Galaxy S4 sales slumped to 5 million units in August, still topped the ranks

Samsung Galaxy S4 sales slumped to 5 million units in August, still topped the ranks
Despite being the best-selling smartphone in the traditionally slow August, the Galaxy S4 sell-through rate has dipped to 5 million units then, which might have prompted Samsung to speed up the development and release of the Galaxy S5.

Counterpoint Research’s monthly model tracker pegs the S4 on top of all phones, followed by the iPhone 5 16 GB and iPhone 5 32 GB models. There are three affordable Nokia Asha models in the top 10 ranking, and the rest is pretty much all Samsung:


The research company expects to gauge from September sales, which traditionally start the holiday shopping ramp-up, whether the slump of Galaxy S4 sales is due to seasonality, or simply the strength of competitive offerings this year.

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Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)

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47 Comments

1. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I would've liked to see the Top 10 "smartphones" sold Globally in August 2013 :/

13. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

I'm not surprised about the lower than expected sales. I love my S3 but I wouldn't upgrade to the S4... It's still an amazing phone, but I just don't feel like it was a big enough improvement. Hopefully the S5 is more innovative.

25. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

every phone that comes out doesn't have to be innovative every time.

29. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Or maybe you couldn't afford it, or just not telling us the truth, tht you dont have S3 at all.

30. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I have the S3, I'm typing on it now. But I didn't get the S4 for the same reason, it just not enough of an upgrade. Now the Note 3 is looking like it's well worth it.

33. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

You're accusing me of not owning the S3 because I said I wasn't upgrading to the S4? How'd you come to that conclusion..

37. techaman unregistered

i was the same my s3 is great s5 will be the one i go to.

43. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Your opinion. Every one else think S4 was a big improvement on S3. Whichever way, any phone which comes out is meant to be be an improvement on the previous.

47. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

Your right it's my opinion that's why I said "I wouldn't upgrade to the S4" I didn't speak for anyone else.

2. Rongocook

Posts: 76; Member since: Sep 20, 2013

Their must be plastic everywhere!

5. neilmac66

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 16, 2013

You are absolutely right! In all smartphones, in your TV, in your car and in almost all devices and items you use on a daily basis!! WOW Plastic must be really kool!!

22. Razrman

Posts: 100; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Yep, and then you cover the plastic with another plastic cover :)

31. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yep. Instead of some metal that is going to interfere with radio signals

38. techaman unregistered

thats why apple tried it with 5c and got it wrong.

3. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Good job Asha 501!

4. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Why isnt iPhone 16+32gb sales combined? All those other phones up there have other storage variants too...?

32. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Calm down. They split GS4 sales up, to. This was only the international version. They didn't count US variants.

45. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Not even mad...? And you realise there are storage variants for the international version for GS4.

39. techaman unregistered

because they are different phones storage and and 5s and 5 and "different" other wise you could combine the s4 and s3 since they are the same

44. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

I mentioned nothing about the 5 and 5s, they're two different phones and it doesn't take a child to recognise that they shouldn't be added together. I really don't understand the point of your comment

6. wicpromd

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

iPhone is Joke Galaxy is Yeah ! True Smartphone

23. Razrman

Posts: 100; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Wow, Note 2 still in the top 10, nice

7. iGeek

Posts: 171; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Are you kidding !!! Wait whaaaaaaaaat ! Why iPhone 5 sales are split in 2 for 16 GB and 32 GB! This is the stupidest thing ever ! What the hell is going on here as if the 32 GB iPhone 5 is not an iPhone 5 ! I see what has been done here ! This is truly a shame ! And I think PhoneArena must note that ! Sorry to ruin the happiness of Sammy's fans but this research indicates that the iPhone 5 is the top selling smartphone globally !

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31324; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's odd, they shoulda just combined as just the iPhone 5.

26. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

yeah its best they separate them to be fair

27. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I agree but you shouldn't be comolaining since Apple is the king of misleading positive press and statistic stretching. If one misleading stat goes against them they still have 99% of the misleading stats going in their favor such as that last article about handsets that receive updates the longest.

34. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

First, your statement is totally unfounded, since they didn't give any numbers for any other phone on the list. For all you know, number 2 and number 3 sold a million each. Secondly, they split GS4 sales also. This is only the international version, the US variants weren't counted.

35. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And, were you griping when Apple announced total sales of two different phones at launch, instead if reporting what each sold, to try and pad their numbers?

40. techaman unregistered

apple wish think of it this was the iphone 5s was limited because they are on back order because every person wanted something new like a campaign color, so they waited and and found so many things wrong with the io7 and the fact that it looked like android and just went and got a android phone. But the s4 is what now 6 months old and even the 5 mil units this month kick most other phone asses. apple did 5mil on 5s first week or 2. unless apple adds something new and bigger screen like it is about to they will lose more and more since no jobs to help talk about new phones.

46. iGeek

Posts: 171; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Someone needs to go to elementary school to learn English

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