Samsung’s Galaxy series of smartphones have seen a tremendous amount of sales lately, and have been, deservedly so, getting some good press for their achievements. Most recently, the Korean company revealed that they had, to date, sold a 100 million Galaxy S smartphones. But how does the iPhone compare to this figures?
Raymond James analyst Travis McCourt pulled up numbers for iPhone sales, and found that the iPhone still leads Samsung’s Galaxy S series of smartphones in sales numbers, and by a huge margin.
McCourt, in his research note, writes “We estimate Apple has sold approximately 219 million cumulative iPhone 4, 4S and 5 devices (which excludes sales of the original iPhone, iPhone 3G and 3GS) since the launch of the iPhone 4 in June 2010 vs. 131 million for Samsung’s Galaxy Series S and Note smartphones since the launch of the Galaxy S also in June 2010.”
Samsung doesn’t publicly reveal smartphones sales numbers every quarter like Apple does, so to obtain the number of 131 million, McCourt had to extrapolate current sales form Samsung’s periodic landmark sales announcements, like the one it made earlier this week. And even for Apple, which regularly releases sales data, McCourt had to apply a bunch of assumptions to extract sales for only the latest three generations of iPhones.
And here’s a chart that breaks down the growth in sales by model:
Notice how, for the iPhone, the slope gets steeper with every new release?
This is, of course, not to dismiss some of the legitimate criticisms about the iPhone, primarily iOS, but the “Apple is doomed” headlines sure seem exaggerated after looking at these numbers. Samsung surely leads the pack when it comes to smartphone sales (it sells a lot of low-cost smartphones), but when you look at the top-of-the-line products from both companies, Apple is way ahead.
Going forward, the question remains that should Apple address the broader market by releasing a cheaper iPhone in an attempt to gain marketshare or hope that the iPhone continues to enjoy a large chunk of the premium smartphone market.