Samsung swagger: Plans for 10M Galaxy S4 sales in a month
It's reported that Samsung is prepared to move many more phones out the door this time around. Millions more.
If you're worried about being able to get your hands on the next big thing in Android flagship phones, the word is you have nothing to fear.
As today's expected unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S4 has approached, some analysts have predicted that over 10 million of the much-anticipated new phones could be sold in the first month. And this time around, they say, Samsung is ready.
"Based on checks we had with suppliers, Samsung has already done significant work to ensure smooth supply and not to repeat what they had to deal with last time," Lee Seung-woo, an analyst at IBK Securities, said, according to Reuters.
"Last time" around with the release of the Galaxy S3 last year, a design flaw in the smartphone case is estimated to have cost as many as 2 million sales in the first month after launch in May.
There could be similar hang-ups, but analysts seem to concur that Samsung is aiming higher with the Galaxy S4 than its predecessor, which is good news for Android fans who want to be able to get their hands on the phone.
"It's got to be a blockbuster phone that beats its predecessor and competitors in nearly all aspects, otherwise Samsung could follow the footsteps of others and fail to manage expectations, which get only higher," David Choi, an analyst at SK Securities, said, according to Reuters.
If Samsung does manage to sell 10 million of the Galaxy S4 in a month, it will be a major step up in the smartphone wars. Asa few months ago, sales of the Galaxy S3 took 50 days to hit 1 million, reached 30 million units in 5 months, and 40 million in 7 months, with average daily sales of about 190,000 units.