Update, 10:45 AM: While Samsung sold 5 million Galaxy S8 units to end users – measured by counting device activations – the number of devices shipped to retailers and carriers is actually 10 million. A Samsung representative told Chosun Ilbo that the number of devices sold is 20 to 30 percent higher than the Galaxy S7/Edge. When counting device shipments, the Galaxy S8 is the best performing phone in the Galaxy S series, according to the Korean publication.

Original post, 06:55 AM: Samsung has sold more than 200,000 Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus units every day since their release on April 21.

An unnamed company official confirmed the milestone to Korean outlet The Investor. “Although we cannot provide detailed figures, the sales are going smoothly around the globe. The combined sales already are beyond 5 million units,” the official said.

Read: Our Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus review

The milestone is more impressive when you consider that the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus have only been available in a limited number of markets, albeit major ones. Samsung released the two phones on April 21 in South Korea, the US, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Availability expanded to some European markets, India, and some other countries over the following weeks. The S8 and S8 Plus have yet to become available in world’s largest smartphone market China, where Samsung has been losing ground against local competitors.

Samsung said the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will be on sale in 120 countries by the end of this month.

For comparison, Samsung managed to sell around 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 units in the first two weeks of availability, before a rash of incidents forced it to recall the device from the market.

It’s not an official number, but analysts from Counterpoint estimated that the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge hit 10 million units in three weeks from launch. The phones went on to garner sales of 55 million units by April 2017, helped by the fact that Samsung promoted them heavily in order to fill the gap left by the Note 7.

Meanwhile, sold 10 million Galaxy S6 units in about one month.

While it seems that the Galaxy S8 is actually moving slower than the two previous generations, both the S7 and the S6 enjoyed wider releases in their first month of availability.

Analysts are pretty optimistic about the sales performance of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, which are expected to help Samsung achieve its best ever yearly profits. Customers seem to prefer the Galaxy S8 Plus in particular.

Bogdan Petrovan
Bogdan is the European Managing Editor of Android Authority. He loves tech, travel, and fantasy. He wishes he had more time for two of those things. Bogdan's phone is a Nexus 6P.
  • AndroidUser

    That’s over 5 million people not knowing that there are many phones out there that do as much in half the price.

    • Mircea Marius

      How old are you? …

    • XDAMM

      Please enlighten me and do tell which other phone on the market has a gorgeous water resistant design, top-tier AMOLED display, best in class cameras, latest generation Snapdragon SoC and modems, UFS 2.1 storage, Bluetooth 5, USB C with 3.1 and DisplayPort output support, iris scanner and wireless charging for half the price.

      I’ll buy two of these phones but I don’t think there’s anything else out there like my S8 and I don’t believe there will be anytime soon.

      • Daggett Beaver |dBz| ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        You forgot MST and Samsung Pay, among other things.

      • Eric Walker

        UFS 2.1*

        *Not guaranteed, Android authority posted an article on it a while ago but Samsung is using a mix of 2.1 and 2.0

        I’m not attacking Samsung, just spreading info

        • XDAMM

          True that, although the vast majority are using UFS 2.1 (only the Snapdragon S8 uses 2.0).

        • The Real Stig

          US no get UFS.

    • saksham

      we all have our choices and brands we prefer just because you like cheap phones doesnt mean everybody will

    • cdm283813

      I drive a beater but some people want a new car. It ain’t my business to tell people how to spend their money.
      So yes, a moto e from 3 years ago will work but I spent $969 on a iPhone 7 Plus. I didn’t need the 256GB model but what the heck, why not.

      • Modman

        You’re an idiot. Android flagships have what’s called expandable memory. a phone half the price from xiomi or meizu would spoke your phone and can be upgraded with a micro SD card.

    • Modman

      That may be true soon but not just yet. Now that Samsung started the bezeless trend it’s competitors will make bezeless phones. There are multiple prototypes for bezeless phones. I’m hoping Andy Rubin’s Essential will be a bezeless near stock Android phone. There are prototypes of a bezeless iPhone but just rumors. I’d never buy one anyway but if the S8 is really successful then apple is foolish if the next phone has gigantic bezels. The iPhone ripoff bezel xl is a shame. Only thing I don’t like about my wife’s S8 was the price and lack of front facing stereo speakers like my Nexus 6p has. People who are complaining about the better specced Korean s8 can just order the Korean version from NGP store on Amazon sans the warranty. the 6 gig international phone has a hefty price tag of 1,300.00 though and no warranty in the Us. It’s very easy in date and time to add the US English local and make it default. I think you could get the manufaturers warranty honored if willing to ship the phone to Korea. I’ve never had any issues with my Samsung devices so it wouldn’t be an issue for me. I ordered my wife the regular S8 international version and we wound up with the Brittish addition which has the same specs as the US version. We got it before the US version released because we use simple mobile. I believe US international version will release may 31st. To get the international version before release I paid 136 dollars more. I bought a crash guardz tempered glass for 45 bucks from at&t store which seems to be the only tempered glass that works. I bought like four other 20 dollar and below tempered glasses that don’t work right for multiple reasons.

      • Modman

        Correction the tempered glass is called Body Guardz. it’s 45 dollars at at&t store. comes with a year guarantee. is Also available on Amazon for the same price.

  • Dennis Furlan

    These are good sales numbers. However, to put it in some perspective, Apple sold 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones — just three days after release.

    Having said that, Samsung is still the only company to make a dent in Apple’s numbers in the high-end smartphone space, plus Samsung ends up selling more phones than Apple because it competes in the mid-range and low-end markets too, which Apple doesn’t.

    • William James

      It’s no wonder they are in the top 3

    • xoj_21

      apple reports shipped, also samsung have more models

      • Jan

        That’s incorrect, Apple’s launch weekend sales reports have been sales to customers, not units shipped (#s reported in ER statements are shipped, not sales).

      • C Lo

        That is incorrect, Apple reports actual sales to customers.

    • Modman

      Its all advertising. same as brainwashing. All Android flagships are better than apple. It’s Joe blow stupid user who needs his hands held for simple tasks that puts apple at no. 1. Techs would take the physically way better Android flagships. unfortunately in self gratification countries like the United States stupid proof devices beat better physical devices that have a learning curve.

      • Modman

        very sad that only 5% of the phone consumers are techs. They don’t fall for apples marketing Bs. The Android flagships are already better in every way except advertising. If they could be better than the master Manipulator apple at this they could change the entire market. Samsung is the closest.

  • Marty

    I’m liking my S8. But even though it has a newer SoC, my Oneplus 3T is speedier and nimbler than what I’m seeing with my S8. Especially regarding waking the phone up with the fingerprint scanner.

    I expect, though, Samsung will deal with the issues in later updates.

  • Daggett Beaver |dBz| ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Meanwhile, HTC has shipped about 2 million “Best Smart Phones of 2016” since launch.

  • Danny Maes

    Do you believe yourself what you write. ??

  • Joshua Mark-Wolfe Barrera

    I bought an S8 because I wanted to go back to Samsung to see how they cleaned up their act. So far I am very impressed with the device. The software looks really good and feel a very fast. However I do have a few apps that are unstable because they haven’t been optimized for the Snapdragon 835.

  • C Lo

    Curious, do the BOGO offers count as 2 sales to Samsung and analysts? Not sure why sales continue to show a downward trend for their flagship devices over the last 4 years.

  • Ronald

    that’s pretty bad, didn’t the iPhone 7 sell more than 5 million over the launch weekend?

    • The Real Stig

      If someone earns more than you, does that negatively impact what you earn?

      Samsung makes a profit; Apple makes even more profit, but then they make more profit than just about every company on this planet, so Samsung isn’t alone in that respect..

    • Modman

      Of course because users like you are retarded. and would give apple a billion dollars if that’s what they charged because you are a good little isheep.

    • Modman

      Tim cook is buying yahts with your money and screwing you up the rear. But your dumb evil clown ass is to stupid to realise it.

  • The Real Stig

    Am I missing something? The S8 went on sale on 21st of April. This article is dated the 16th of May.

    Is that a month? Isn’t it a bit early to be knocking their full month sales?

    Better than over on Apple Insider, I suppose, where DeD head is doing his usual thing with reality:”Samsung announced today that first-month sales of its Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus have reached 5 million units.”

    1) Samsung did not announce

    2) That month thing again.