Samsung Galaxy S7 is beating early Galaxy S6 sales; estimated 10 million sold

Manufacturers of high-end, flagship level smartphones have the annual task of making each new handset better than the last. For the likes of Apple and Samsung, whose top devices have consistently performed and sold well, this can be more difficult than it sounds. The Samsung Galaxy S6, for example, was among the cream of last year's crop, and thus very difficult for the Korean firm to best. However, Sammy has outdone itself once more with the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, and the early sales figures underline the notion that the company's latest are indeed its greatest. 

According to Counterpoint Research, Samsung has managed to sell 20 percent more Galaxy S7 and S7 edge units during the first month compared with the S6 duo. Though mostly unchanged from the outside, Samsung has focused heavily on refinement with the S7 range, and it appears to be paying dividends. 

Along with the faster processor and improved camera, the rear shooter no longer sticks out like a sore thumb. Like older flagship models (but not the S6), the S7 is also waterproof. The return of the microSD slot, which was omitted from the S6 line much to the dismay of many users, can't have hurt either. 

Counterpoint's in-depth findings take 40 different market sales stats into consideration. Though sales in the company's native Korea don't seem to have improved over last year's figures, some areas have seen as much as a 50 percent bump compared with the first-month S6 numbers. In all, it is estimated that Samsung has hitherto sold 10 million Galaxy S7 and S7 edge units. 

Though it's becoming increasingly difficult for companies to make a name for themselves in the upper echelons of the smartphone market, the Big Two continue to thrive. Even at a time of one-year life cycles, when it's seemingly becoming trickier for OEMs to innovate, Samsung has apparently found a way to attract more buyers.

The likes of LG, HTC and Sony seem evermore at the fringe of proceedings, and the 20 percent sales increase of the S7 duo could well have put paid to any hopes these firms may have had of denting the Samsung gravy train in the Android space. 

The LG's modular G5 has just arrived, while the HTC 10 is about to drop next week. But with some 10 million flagship Android fans having pledged their allegiances to Samsung, it may already be too late for either to mount a serious challenge in 2016.

Related phones

Galaxy S7 edge
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3600 mAh(36h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)



1. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Love my S7 edge. I came from the Note 5 and didn't know if I should make the jump. There's no going back after this.

7. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Yep. Came from the Note 5 to the flat S7, and loving it. Can't be happier with the phone.

3. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

40M in youknowwhoXP's world :)

6. artificialintelligence

Posts: 166; Member since: Dec 05, 2015

Upgraded from my S6 to S7 edge today at T-mobile the phone is snappy zero lag and the display is gorgeous plus active display is awesome it doesn't even drain the battery ^_^

23. oister85 unregistered

Is the same display

26. bronxboi

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 05, 2015

That battery is larger and the processor is more efficient.

38. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Its not the same, display panel, it's the same one from the Note 5, so it's a generation newer. It's a bit brighter and more energy efficient from the S6 display.

32. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

It's not quite the same

10. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

No surprise there. The gains came from frustrated S5 users that held off the S6 for the lack of micro-SD slot and small battery. Good thing Sammy had addressed both those problems.

15. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I had no issues with my S5....better than the 5s and equal if not better than the iphone6 through myexperiences......the S7 is better than my S5

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The S5 takes better pictures than every iPhone that has ever been made.

20. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

S5 does suck in the low light department tho

28. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Which is why it was addressed and the S6 and Note 5. A good example.od Samsung listening. I also recall one of rhe complaints was that the s6 didn't continue the waterproofing trend the S5 started. Samsung fixed that. Some people made losing the SD card a big deal. So they worked out a way to put it back. So at least Samsung loyal customers will be happy and newcomers will get a treat. When my wife the s5 I liked using it. A few times we swapped out for a couple days. I got her the white one, but used the gold back. I liked it, just not more than the Note. For me I found the Note 5 disappointing overall. The Note 4 wasn't all that great to me either. The 2 and 3 were very good. I would love a dual edged Note

21. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015 S5 had a good camera for its time..but it was quickly outpaced..

22. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

By the Note4

30. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013 This video shows the S5 vs the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. There is no point in mention the newest iPhones, because we already know the 6S models camera is not better than the last model. The video shows the iPhone certainly is good, but still stumbled a 2 year old phone. The S5 is not as bad as any other Galaxy. People are just stupid. They trimmed the gimmicky features, but all people got distracted with was the dimpled back cover. Totally ignored it was IP certified, had the best AMOLED ever and highest rated in its class over the iPhone 5, USB 3.0 foe faster charging and file transfer. I don't understand how people Samsung doesn't do enough and rag about the dummest things and is willing to try new ideas vs paying for an overpriced phones that offers nothing.

12. Roeshak

Posts: 38; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

They're certainly the best devices on the market. You really have to be a true fanboy to pick anything else over either of the Samsung devices. They have broad appeal and will call out to users from across the board. Apple HTC lg and Sony users will find something appealing in the s7 and s7 edge. I came from a z2 because it was the most logical upgrade. I don't see anything else this year beating the s7 edge. IPhone 7? That's gonna be inferior even though will probably ship in larger quantities. The HTC 10? Absolutely no chance. The g5? Won't even come any where near. And as for Sony, just don't see Sony going from the x performance to anything that can rival by IFA. credit where it's due and Samsung deserve credit for putting together the most complete devices ever seen. The s7 edge is excellent and in most categories. It's only downside is touchwiz. Not in performance but in style and presentation. That's easily fixed with a launcher and theme. I'm using the Google now launcher and marshmallow theme. Does the job.

13. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2248; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Does Lil Wayne need to pour more champagne on the S7's to appeal to more buyers or is this sales number a joke? 10 million within 30 days is a joke given the amount of markets it opened up in.

25. Canaan

Posts: 351; Member since: May 25, 2014

It's actually 20 days, remember the phone was released March 11th. The S6 by comparison sold 6 million in 19 days.

27. iApologistsAreRetards

Posts: 37; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Sales only matter to morons like you! Samsung doesn't need to sell a 100 million gs7s to let me know it's better than that garbage you have in your pocket.

17. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Again estimations and no actuall numbers... How long will this last! Make it official already!!

24. SumDumFuq

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 31, 2016

oozz009: Samsung confirmed 200 millions S7 sold in 30 days. Happy now?

29. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Hey PA, A camera comparison of the S5, S6 and iPhone 6S photos and video would be awesome. Even though we know the S5 sucks at low light shot. They are still sharper than the ones the iPhone takes. Gonna look for a video

31. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What's so funny too. APPLE sold 50M phones last quarter. On average that would be 10M each for 5 selling models vs this one model also doing the same. So I don't see where that seems to be missed. With a release in 64 markets, there is no way it's that low. I will wait for the official number

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 31308; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

S7, S7 Edge. Sure sounds like two models to me, you moron.

34. techbuttcheex

Posts: 204; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

I wish they would make an S phone with higher quality stereo speakers.

37. teloji

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Galaxy S6 was best phone of 2015. But i think S7 not best smartphone at 2016.

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