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New Samsung Galaxy S20 estimated sales numbers are really, really concerning

Sure, the COVID-19 pandemic is partially to blame here, but Samsung had weeks to sell the phones before that started.

Published onMay 1, 2020

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A data company called M Science gave PC Mag some research-based information on how 5G smartphones are doing so far in the United States. Although the report shows that 5G phones are doing pretty well right now, a side-effect of the report is suggesting just how poor Samsung Galaxy S20 sales could be.

The reports suggest that Samsung Galaxy S20 sales are about 50% lower than those for the Samsung Galaxy S10 series when you compare the first seven weeks of sales for the two smartphone lines. What’s worse is that Galaxy S10 sales were already weaker than sales for the Samsung Galaxy S9 family, which should come as bad news for Samsung.

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Check out the chart below, which is based on estimates from M Science (meaning these are not official sales numbers and should be seen as projections only):

Samsung Galaxy S20 Sales Estimates 2020
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The chart suggests that the second week of availability is the peak for sales of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S line. However, the Samsung Galaxy S20 sales peak so far is less than half that of the Galaxy S10 line and far, far lower than the peak of the Galaxy S9 series.

With the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc on the economy here in the US (and globally), Samsung seemingly has an easy way to explain these low estimates for Samsung Galaxy S20 sales. However, that second-week peak for the Galaxy S20 line came well before the pandemic became a real problem here in the US. In other words, Galaxy S20 sales would have likely been very low regardless of the pandemic, at least when it comes to M Science’s projections.

Samsung Galaxy S20 sales estimates: Why so low?

Now, there are lots of theories why Samsung Galaxy S20 sales might be this low. The most obvious theory is that the line is simply too expensive. With the lowest-priced variant costing $999 — and the Galaxy S20 Ultra coming in at a jaw-dropping $1,400 at the minimum — the Galaxy S line is now off-limits to the majority of smartphone buyers in the US.

Another theory is that people don’t see the benefit of buying a new 5G-ready phone when 5G networks are so rare. Yet another theory is that the new designs of the phone aren’t appealing to consumers, with the removal of the headphone jack being part of that.

It could be all of these mixed together. Either way, though, this data paints a very bleak picture of what Samsung Galaxy S20 sales could potentially be.

Did you buy a Galaxy S20 phone? If so, what made you buy? If not, why didn’t you buy? Hit up the poll below and then sound off in the comments.

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