Samsung’s latest S10 series smartphones finally went on sale in over 70 countries across the world last week. Thanks to their solid hardware and innovative features, the Galaxy S10 series is reportedly off to a great start.
Citing industry sources, a report published by The Korea Herald says Samsung is expected to ship 20 million Galaxy S10 series smartphones in the first half of the year. If the number turns out to be accurate, the Galaxy S10 series will perform very slightly better than last year’s Galaxy S9 series. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ shipments in the first half of 2018 stood at 19.2 million units.
Samsung’s parts suppliers believe the Galaxy S10 phones will hit the 10 million sales milestone by the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter of the year, they expect Samsung to sell another 10 million units of the Galaxy S10 series. For the whole year, some in the industry predict 35 to 38 million Galaxy S10 smartphones could be shipped. For reference, Samsung sold a total of 35 million Galaxy S9 phones last year.
While the increase in shipments may not be very high, it is imperative to keep in mind that the smartphone market as a whole is currently in a slump. Keeping that in mind, the numbers are actually quite impressive. Of course, we will need to wait and see if these predictions actually come true.
The most successful Galaxy S series was the Galaxy S7 series, with 48.7 million units shipped in 2016. Both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 series fell short of touching the 40 million mark. While the Galaxy S10 series may not be able to set a new record, the strong sales should help boost Samsung’s earnings this year. In addition to the flagship Galaxy S10 series, the company has also launched more competitive Galaxy A-series and new Galaxy M-series smartphones in a bid to take on the competition from Chinese Android OEMs in the budget and mid-range segments.