Samsung Galaxy S smartphones sales hit 100M

Samsung Galaxy S smartphones sales hit 100M

Summary: South Korean giant says more than 100 million units of its Galaxy S smartphones have been sold globally since the first iteration was launched in 2010.


Samsung Electronics has revealed its Galaxy S smartphones have sold a combined total of more than 100 million units as of Jan. 13, 2013.

In a statement issued Monday, the South Korean phonemaker noted that since it launched the first Galaxy S handset in June 2010, it has sold over 100 million of its smartphones. The first device has now sold some 24 million units, with 10 million of these purchased during the first seven months of its launch, it said.

Samsung says its Galaxy S phones have passed the 100 million sales mark. Image: Samsung/Flickr

The next iteration of the smartphone was launched in April 2011, and it garnered sales of 40 million units with 10 million sold in the first five months, the company added.

More recently, it introduced its Galaxy S3 smartphone in May 2012. The smartphone achieved 20 million sales in just 100 days, and it has since matched the number of Galaxy S2 handsets sold despite being in the market for a shorter period of time, Samsung said.

There have been reports stating that the Korean phonemaker may unveil its Galaxy S4 device at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in February this year, although company officials had denied commenting on the rumor.

Image: Samsung/Flickr

Topics: Smartphones, Android, Mobility, Samsung

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  • Are you kidding me?

    This is pretty amazing considering how TERRIBLE the battery life is on these telephones. Mine lasts about 6 hours before I get the "Battery Critically Low" message and has to be recharged, which also takes forever. Wouldn't buy this piece of junk again for any price.
  • Couldn't agree more!

    Dr_RWM - I agree! I've loved my Galaxy S1 then S2 now S3, but each of them has had a large battery attached. My S3 now has a 4600mah mugen power battery, more than double the standard one, whicch gives acceptable life.
  • Samsung Galaxy S phone

    One of the worst experiences I've had with a phone. Not only does the battery life stink on these, much less than 6 hours in my experience, but the phone is consistently cycling off throughout the day, every day! It also freezes up much more often than any other phone I have owned.
  • Battery life is hugely variable

    Battery life is very dependent on what you do with your device... for any device, of course. And some of this isn't well understood. Take my Galaxy Nexus as an example. I bought this in 2011, as a replacement for my O. G. Droid. The Droid, at my office in Philadelphia, was hard pressed to last a whole day on a charge. In fairness, the signal was pretty weak, due to the office being in an old stone building.

    So I had concerns about the Nexus, given the stories told about 4G and all. But in fact, I got easy all-day life on 4G. That was most likely just the realities of radio. Verizon can use either 850MHz or 1900MHz for 3G, but they're more likely to use 1900MHz in the city. Their 4G LTE runs in the 700MHz band. And 700MHz has a much easier time with stone, foliage, etc... thus, I rarely saw less than 3 bars, even deep in the building. All-day phone with ease.

    Last summer, I changed jobs, and my new office is out in the burbs west of Philly. And we're in kind of a weird location, with very weak 3G, no 4G. Now that same phone is run down sometimes by 10AM (ok, I'm starting my day at 5AM, and I do use the Nexus as a "radio" while I'm in the gym). The difference is entirely based on the cellular link.

    That's a thing to keep in mind... while the screen and the CPU are alternately blamed for being power hungry, the most power hungry thing in your phone is the cellular PA (Power Amplifier). Most phones can put out around 300mW of RF power, some can go as high as 500mW. When you're near a cell, they don't -- nothing close. The cell tower is monitoring your phone's signal strength, and it'll tell your phone to drop down as low as possible. When you're in a bad signal area, though, you don't stand a chance -- the phone's going to be warm, and the battery life short.