iPhone Outsold Samsung Premium Handsets 1.7 to 1, Analyst Claims

According to a Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt’s calculation, Apple outsold Samsung’s Galaxy S line of smartphones running Android, including the two generation of Galaxy Note when compared to iPhone 4, 4S and 5.


McCourt writes:

We estimate Apple has sold approximately 219 million cumulative iPhone 4, 4S and 5 devices (which excludes sales of the original iPhone, iPhone 3G and 3GS) since the launch of the iPhone 4 in June 2010 vs. 131 million for Samsung’s Galaxy Series S and Note smartphones since the launch of the Galaxy S also in June 2010.

Despite Samsung’s high-end smartphones being ‘tremendously successful’, the analyst estimates that the iPhone has extended its lead in volume shipments over Samsung in the past 12 months with nearly 100 million units.


McCourt compiled the above graph using Samsung’s recent announcement that the company has sold more than 100 million Galaxy S Series smartphones. To compare the data with Apple’s, he used the Cupertino company’s opening weekend sales announcements assuming that about 66% of the quarterly reported iPhone units were for the newest generation and 17% for prior generation models. Also, for the fourth quarter McCourt used Raymond James’ own 48 million estimate for iPhone sales.

Long story short, one thing is certain: Despite Samsung retaining the most sought-after smartphone OEM title, its flagship devices just can’t catch up with the iPhone as we previously highlighted by putting the public number side-by-side. Our own research based on public numbers show that Samsung sold 10 million Galaxy Note I and 5 million Galaxy Note 2 devices, which sets the total Galaxy S line handsets to 115 million.

The picture gets fuzzy and the quantity of sales favor Samsung, however, when we include all the handsets the manufacturer has for sale.