Samsung claims to have shipped 6 million units of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4 since its launch on April 26.
The Korean electronics giant informed local publication Chosun Ilbo that it had supplied 4 million Galaxy S4 handsets to carriers across the globe in April itself and as of May 10th had shipped a total of 6 million Galaxy S4 units. It’s worth pointing out that these shipments are to operators and retail partners and not to consumers and is not really an indicator of the phone’s sales and popularity among them.
“As of the end of April, we supplied four million Galaxy S4 handsets to telecommunication operators around the world,” an executive at Samsung told the publication.
With this, the Galaxy S4 (Review | Pictures) becomes Samsung’s fastest moving flagship device. It’s interesting to note that it took Samsung 85 days to ship 3 million Galaxy S handsets, 55 days to ship 3 million Galaxy S II phones and 21 days to ship the same quantity of Galaxy S III handsets.
Samsung expects to ship 10 million Galaxy S4 units by the end of this month.
The Galaxy S4 is however not the fastest selling smartphone if we take into account other devices. The Apple iPhone 5 had clocked 2 million pre-orders in 24 hours after its launch, and it’s worth noting that these were direct sales to end-users and not units shipped to suppliers or carriers.
Samsung had unveiled the Galaxy S4 smartphone on March 14. The phone sports a 5-inch full-HD screen with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels, and pixel density of 441ppi. It is powered by 1.6GHz Exynos octa-core processor in some regions, and a 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor in others. It has 2GB of RAM and a PowerVR SGX544MP3 triple-core GPU.
The smartphone comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants but will also feature a microSD card slot for expanding the memory. The Galaxy S4 sports a 13-megapixels rear shooter and a 2-megapixel one on the front. The Galaxy S4 also offers more camera features including dual-shot, employing the use of both front and back camera, an eraser shot mode to remove people from photos, and a Cinemagram like feature called Cinema Photo, among several other tricks. It also offers a number of sensors including a temperature and humidity sensor and motion and gesture control features.