Samsung has said that its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4, is on track to hit 10 million units sold in the first month of availability. According to the Korea Times, Samsung co-CEO Shin Jong-kyun said that the phone would hit the 10 million unit next week and that it is selling much faster than the Galaxy S3.
"We are confident that we will pass more than 10 million sales of the S4 next week. It is selling much faster than the previous model S3," Shin Jong-kyun is quoted as telling reporters in Seoul.
The Galaxy S3 launched in May of last year and hit the 10 million units sold milestone in July. Samsung said last September that the phone sold 20 million units in the first 100 days of availability, selling three times as fast as the Samsung Galaxy S2 and six times as fast as the original Galaxy S. The Korea Times cites Samsung as saying increased spending on promotional campaigns helped sell the S4 quickly.
"Samsung spent 50 days to pass the 10 million sales mark for the S3. The S4 will be Samsung’s first '10 million seller' device less than a month after its official debut," Shin said.
The Galaxy S4 launched late last month and packs a 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED PenTile display, either an Exynos 5 or Snapdragon CPU (depending on the region in which you're buying the device), 2 GB of RAM, 13-megapixel camera, a 2-megapixel camera up front, 16 GB or 32 GB of storage, and a 2,600mAh battery.
Earlier this week, at Google I/O, Google announced that it would be selling the Galaxy S4 via its Google Play Store come June. The difference between this Galaxy and the one already available through carriers is that it will be unlocked, running a stock version of Android and carrying an unlocked bootloader. That model will be selling for $649.