Now the first half of that statement is very likely true. Samsung’s impressive (yet “disappointing”) YOY profit increase is most likely attributable in large part to a richer overall revenue mix of higher-margin smartphones, of which the S4 (series) is the clear flagship. But, y’know, Samsung’s been about as specific about Galaxy S4 unit sales lately as Amazon’s been with their Kindle/Kindle Fire sales.
What’s that? Amazon doesn’t give out Kindle unit sales? Exactly.
I guess reports of shipments (vs. company-supplied data on unit sales, sell-in, sell-through or otherwise) will have to do. And hey, 20 million shipped is a milestone of some kind, even if “shipped” doesn’t necessarily mean actually sold. A quick press release to mark the occasion would be fine as official company data…why stop at a media report of a Samsung executive confirming…another…media report?
Alas, _actual_ data on the S4 is quite…difficult to quantify without an apples-to-apples comparison. ¹ But hey, let’s give the multi-national $180B+ mega-conglomerate (and that’s just the electronics arm) the benefit of the doubt, shall we?
¹ Maybe a couple of you Apple/Samsung observers noticed what I did there.