Trial reveals Samsung and Apple U.S. sales figures

by: Simon HillAugust 10, 2012

One great side effect of the Apple vs Samsung trial is that all sorts of juicy details and secrets are revealed. Exact sales figures for all the different models can be difficult to come by, but yesterday we got a look at the U.S. sales figures for Samsung and Apple. You’ll never guess what Samsung’s top selling phone was. Go on, have a guess.

If you somehow managed to divine the answer as the Samsung Galaxy Prevail carried by Boost Mobile, then give yourself a pat on the back. This budget Android smartphone topped the chart, but that’s because of Samsung’s habit of offering slightly different versions of the same phone on different carriers under different names. If we add the figures together we can see that the Samsung Galaxy S II, in all its many guises, was the real star of the last couple of years for Samsung.

Total U.S. smartphone sales for Samsung from June 2010 until June 2012 totaled over 21 million. Sadly enough, Samsung’s tablet sales haven’t been as impressive. Total sales of all the Galaxy Tab range come in at under 1.5 million units.

Apple sales

For the iPhone, we have figures for U.S. sales dating back to the original iPhone release in 2007. From the release until June this year they sold over 85 million iPhones. If we just look at the results from 2010 Q2 up until 2012 Q2, so as to compare directly, then Apple’s smartphone sales were over 62 million compared to Samsung’s 21 million.

The dominance is more marked in the tablet market, as you might expect. Apple has sold over 34 million iPads since the first version was released up until June this year.


  • Rath Mam

    Apple wanted to destroy Samsung Galaxy line, Galaxy S is similar to iPhone but not “look and feel” same as S2 and S3. Why is Apple not filing a lawsuit in 2008 for Galaxy S and why now it is too late rotten Apple and rotten Judge Koh.

    • Jeff Pilgram

      because Apple never saw how big of a threat Android posed, look at the figures now versus 2008 as your comparing, Android didn’t have nearly as big a dent as opposed to now, having almost 70% of the phone market. we’re still not there yet with the tablet, but with the Nexus 7 and the like, we may pick up in the next quarter or so with tablets, so Apple wants to eliminate as much competition as possible with bs lawsuits and paid off judges, so why not go after the big dogs first? Samsung moves more Android devices than any other provider combined pretty much, take the head of the snake and the body will fall. I don’t agree with the practice but at least Apple shows they have balls since they lost their colon (hint hint, Steve Jobs had ass cancer)

  • Dave Carr

    Well looks like the old VHS vs Betamax war of the 80’s all over again except this time it’s Android vs iOS…

    And the whole thing now seems like a tit for tat war as far as Apple is concerned with the excising out of all things Google out it’s iOS 6 release when it become available this Fall & suing Samsung at every opportunity it can because of it.

    I’m a proud owner of the cell that started this 21st century dummy spit an Samsung Galaxy S II GT-I9100T (Vodafone AU but unlocked & Rooted.)

    At the end of the day I feel that Android based smart phones will win out over iOS 4 to 1.