It may not come as much of a surprise but the Samsung Galaxy S5 has surpassed the first day sales of its preceding version, the Galaxy S4, according to the Korean manufacturers of the smartphones, Samsung Group. The company said that Galaxy S5 witnessed approximately 30 percent higher sales than that of the Galaxy S4.
The Galaxy S5 was launched in 125 countries around the world, including the United States, on April 11 among much consumer anticipation and media hype. This is approximately twice the number of nations the Galaxy S4 was available in – which was 60 countries – when it was launched, which could be one reason for the 30 percent higher sales figures.
The countries that recorded almost double the sales for Samsung Galaxy S5, and thereby surpassed the first day sales as compared to Galaxy S4 include France, Netherlands and the United Kingdom, the Samsung Group further informed. Long lines were reported in countries like the Singapore and Netherlands, where people had waits for several hours before they got hold of the Galaxy S5.
Interestingly, Samsung Group’s home country, Korea did not see any record-breaking sales for the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the response to the phone in the nation has been positive, but not outstanding as seen in some other countries. Australia also had lukewarm response to the phone, mainly because iPhone has a very strong presence there.
Moving on, the improved sales of Galaxy S5 can also be due to the fact the Galaxy S5 is actually priced lower as compared to the preceding model. The Galaxy S4’s full price had ranged between $700-$800, whereas, the newer model with better features and functionality is priced at $599 to $699. In the United States, recent bundles by cellular service carriers made the phone even more appealing for the consumers.
The 5.1-inch super AMOLED Full HD display phone has a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080, and is both dust resistance and water-resistant for as long as 30 minutes in up to one meter of water. Most importantly, the device runs on Android 4.4 KitKat, the latest Android upgrade, with Samsung’s own TouchWiz.
The 16 mega pixel camera phone utilizes Samsung Group’s home ISOCELL camera technology, which is equivalent to the quality of a DSLR camera. The Galaxy S5 also has a fingerprint scanner as an extra security measure and a heart rate monitor for the fitness-conscious customers.
Interestingly, one of Samsung Group’s latest software additions to the Galaxy S5, the Download Booster, which was also much publicized by the Korean firm, has been removed by the three major carriers in the United States- AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. According to one report, the Download Booster is available on T-Mobile. Nevertheless, all the carriers in the United States have also reported “amazing” sales of the new phone by Samsung, despite this one drawback.
Samsung Group had been looking for the success of the Galaxy S5 to maintain its leading position in the smartphones market, just behind Apple’s iPhones. The firm has been struggling for a couple of years to make profits in the smartphones business as competition from rivals has highly saturated the market, while consumers are also increasingly becoming more selective in their phone purchases. In the fourth quarter of 2013, the Galaxy S5 manufacturer lost almost $676 million in declining smartphone profits. The fact that Samsung Galaxy S5 has surpassed first day sales of Galaxy S4 may mean a new ray of hope for the electronics firm. The next focus of the consumers is now on the upcoming Galaxy Note 4, the fourth generation tablet of the Samsung Group.
By Faryal Najeeb