Visualized: Samsung Galaxy S5 sales compared to Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5s / 5c sales

Yesterday, we told you that Samsung may have shipped 10 million Galaxy S5 units in 25 days (since the handset’s initial launch in April). Based on that data, Bloomberg compiled a graphic representation of how S5 sales stack up against sales of Samsung’s older flagship smartphones: Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III, Galaxy S II, and even the original Galaxy S from 2010.

While Bloomberg uses the term “sales”, we must mention that what we have here are in fact shipments (to retailers, carriers, etc.) - although, of course, these will be converted to sales eventually.

As we already told you, the Galaxy S5 is a record-breaker for Samsung. The South Korean company managed to ship 10 million S5 units two days faster that it shipped the first 10 million S4 units last year. The Galaxy S III from 2012 reached this milestone in about 50 days.

For the sake of comparison, Bloomberg also compiled a graphic representation of iPhone sales. However, since Apple reveals exact sales only from the first week-end following each new iPhone release, this doesn’t allow us find out how much time it took Apple to sell 10 million of its latest flagship handset (the iPhone 5s). Instead, we can see that the Cupertino company sold 9 million new iPhones (both 5s and 5c models) in three days since launch.

source: Bloomberg

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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. wilsong17 unregistered

Waiting for note 3

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

My gawd, the best of Android is still far from toppling down iPhone anytime sooner !

4. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

S5 isn't the best Android. Sony Z2 apparently is.

7. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Opinion. Personally think the note 3 is and note 4 will be.

24. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

note 3 is the best and will only be bested by note 4. end of story

10. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Is that why Sony is still listed in 'others' category when we see smartphone shipments ? A company which struggles to release its best phone on carriers and suffers from overheating and staining problem is not exactly the best.

15. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Maybe because Sony's marketing isn't as huge as Samsung's. Don't be mad at me because Sony made the better device. I, in fact, hate the HUGE size of the Z2.

18. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012


19. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Are you one of those who think a company's success is all due to marketing ? Well, my friend, I'd suggest you should take up a distance learning course in Business Admin. FYI, yes, Samsung has a huge marketing budget but they also have the highest R&D spending. #HalfTruthIsFullLie

25. MrTzr unregistered

Overheating problem? What overheating problem? My Z2 doesn't get hot at all. Only if I use 4k-recording for over five minutes.

27. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

'My z2 doesnt heat.. . . . Oh it heats in this situation' Make up your mind first

32. Axara35

Posts: 4; Member since: May 01, 2014

Which is normal. 4K demands the highest efforts of the processor and cpu graphics, to name a few. You people don't know that if you want higher resolution, the demands on the other components is also higher? I'm so tired of hearing ''it overheats''. For information, that's why the SGS5, the ''beloved flagship'' to everyone now, advises not to film in 4K for more than 5 min, otherwise it'll overheat and turn down the camera instantaneously, whether you want it to or not.

30. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Are you a 4 years old kid that if it over heats that your gonna tell mummy All electric devices heat up I advise you not to buy highEnd phone and buy mid spec phones which won't heat up cause of using average spec

11. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

You r back....dude....where was u.

16. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

:) I've been here, but not posting much.

34. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Z2 is the best? Are you kidding? !?!

6. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Only in the US. World wide Android is number 1


Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Quit being silly, iPhone with millions of users means they sell a lot of phones each release (obviously). If Android only had 1 model, considering the overall userbase is 78% of the entire market, it would crush iPhone sales beyond words. Android userbase is spread of hundreds of phones not 1 lousy S hit release every other year

3. jrod78414

Posts: 102; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

isnt the iphone decieving the 5s was new not the 5c they just clumped together still they did sell.

8. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

iphonearena strikes again. Especially since the 5c isnt selling well at all and 5s sales right now are doing horrid.

35. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Probably because Apple won't release the data because they'd have to face everyone knowing the 5c didn't sell anywhere as they expected it to.

5. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

It's truly respectable how apple built such a huge fanbase, and I love how the GS5 is doing right now, the best days for Samsung are still ahead, can't wait for Note 4 and even S6...

9. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Dont say that to loud. Both sides will eat you alive lol.

13. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Neither camp has much to whine about there from his post. He's golden.

12. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

iPhone 5 numbers were sales, however the iPhone 5s and 5c numbers were shipments. Also Samsung has not reported any numbers, just a news site in korea.

22. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

26. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

From the POV of any company shipments are sales , they have sold those units to resellers . How can they guarantee that are only sales ? the only way to grantee that is if they only account Apple store sales (witch i doubt) , and they are sold through many other stores..

28. superfans

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

Haters gonna hate, their butts just hurt! XD

14. nbringer

Posts: 180; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Plots are incompatible. Show how long it took for Apple to sell 10 milion flagships, not 9 milion, not how much it sold in three days...

23. Armchair_Commentator

Posts: 222; Member since: May 08, 2014

While I understand the sentiment, it wouldn't change it up that much and the main point would still be there. I'm more concerned about the 5s/c combo vs just the GS5

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