When the Galaxy S5 was first announced back at MWC, it was immediately met with mixed reception. In our own in-house poll 55% of the 3000+ voters said they were not at all impressed by the device, and just about every GS5-related comment section on the web echoed similar sentiments.
The biggest reason for this initial disappointment was that many folks expected Samsung to make major changes to both the UI and the hardware, as months of rumors had alluded to. When the phone finally arrived, expectations were very high and it was pretty obvious Samsung couldn’t live up to the hype. Now that the dust has settled a little? It seems that all the claims of doom and gloom appear to be unfounded so far, as Samsung’s co-chief J.K. Shin reported in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that things are actually going better for the GS5 than its predecessor.
So far, sales are outpacing the Galaxy S4 as much as 10%, reaching 11 million units across the globe in the same time it took the GS4 to reach 10 million. Shin further remains confident that sales will continue to be strong for the handset going forward, though he didn’t provide estimated figures or anything concrete to go by.
sales are outpacing the Galaxy S4 as much as 10%, reaching 11 million units across the globe in the same time it took the GS4 to reach 10 million.
So what has attributed to better sales over the GS4? Shin says that there are several factors here, though it at least partly comes down to better preparations than in previous years, such as the fact that they simultaneously launched in 125 countries and had all major carrier agreements in place from day one. Samsung also scaled back on adding tons of new hardware/software features with the GS5, in favor of a “back to basics” approach, which may also have had a positive effect on sales.
Bottom-line, while we can’t say how well the Galaxy S5 will do over the course of its life, so far things are actually looking pretty good for the device. Of course Samsung has always done very well in large part due to a fiercely loyal fanbase and solid marketing efforts, so we can’t say we are too surprised.
What do you think of the Galaxy S5, are you surprised to see it outpacing the GS4?