Galaxy S4 tallies 40M unit sales, Samsung says

The big smartphone went on sale in April and zoomed to 10 million units sold about four weeks later. But it's not so easy to keep up that kind of pace.

Samsung Galaxy S4
How's sales, Galaxy S4? 40 million already, you say. Jessica Dolcourt/CNET

Samsung's Galaxy S4 has reportedly hit the 40 million unit sales mark, suggesting that there's still plenty of love for the 5-inch smartphone.

A Samsung exec said the quad-core beauty has now tipped over the big 4-0, according to a report in Korean-language site inews24 (via Google Translate). I've contacted Samsung for confirmation, and I'll let you know if I hear anything back.

The Galaxy S4 went on sale in April, with sales reckoned to have hit 10 million just under four weeks later. Just over two months after that, in early July, the 20 million milestone was hit, suggesting that sales may have slowed ever so slightly during the summer, or at least leveled out.

All these numbers should be taken with a pinch of salt, as it's hard to know precisely when particular milestones were met, and Samsung's numbers generally represent sales to retailers, rather than sales to actual individuals. That said, it appears that the Galaxy S4 may be selling at roughly the same pace as last year's S3.

Read moreof "Galaxy S4 reportedly hits 40m sales, roughly on par with S3" at CNET UK.

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