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Samsung: Galaxy S4 sales to top 10 million next week, Galaxy Note 3 arriving at IFA 2013

JK Shin told reporters that the Galaxy S4 would top 10 million in sales next week, while other unnamed Samsung officials said that the Galaxy Note 3 would be launched at IFA 2013.
May 17, 2013
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Samsung’s JK Shin on Thursday told reporters that Galaxy S4 sales would soon top 10 million, while also cautiously answering Galaxy Note 3 flexible display-related questions.

According to Samsung’s mobile chief, the Galaxy S4 will hit the 10 million sales mark next week, a lot earlier than it predecessor did:

“We are confident that we will pass more than 10 million sales of the S4 next week. It is selling much faster than the previous model S3,” Samsung Electronics co-CEO Shin Jong-kyun told reporters at an industry forum in Seoul, Thursday.

The Galaxy S3 topped 10 million sold units 50 days after launch last year, while the Galaxy S4 will do it in less than a month. The handset was launched on April 26 in South Korea, with other major markets receiving it a day later. Currently, the Galaxy S4 is sold in 60 different countries.

Interestingly, Shin also answered a question regarding the adoption of “unbreakable displays” or flexible displays for the Galaxy Note 3. Enigmatically he said that “more time will be needed,” which seems to fall in line with a very recent report that claimed the new Note model would not pack a flexible display nor will it feature a metal design – however, details on the actual design of the phone were not offered:

“More time will be needed,” he said. The Suwon, Gyeonggi Province-based outfit is developing the Note3 with a 5.9-inch OLED display. The device will debut at this year’s IFA trade fair in Berlin, Germany, officials said.

As you can see Korea Times also notes that other “officials” said that the Galaxy Note 3 would arrive at IFA 2013, although they haven’t been named.

Previous rumors did suggest that Samsung would announce the third-generation Galaxy Note 3 at IFA 2013, which wouldn’t be surprising considering that the previous models have been unveiled at the same show.