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Samsung and Apple Device Sales Figures Outed in Court, Surprise at the Top for Samsung

The ongoing court battle between Samsung and Apple has been nothing short of entertaining, no matter what side you are cheering for. It’s playing out almost like a bad John Grisham novel turned over-the-top Tom Cruise flick. We have seen denied evidence go public, matching icon sets revealed, emails from head honchos that paint a bad picture, and 100+ page comparison documents filled with all sorts of potentially harmful evidence.

Today, we get even more goods in the form of sales charts of devices sold for both Samsung and Apple in the U.S. over the last few years. For Samsung, it’s a smartphone sales chart from 2010 through Q2 2012. For Apple, it’s numbers dating back to 2007, when the first iPhone was created. 

One thing is clear here:  Apple sells an ungodly amount of smartphones and iPads. Samsung on the other hand, sells a lot of phones, but they have a long way to go before they are going to catch up to Apple here in the States. From 2010 to Q2 of this year, Samsung sold 21.25 million smartphones (excluding the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Nexus), while Apple sold 66.52 million iPhones during that same time.

Can you guess Samsung’s number 1 selling phone during that time period? Epic 4G Touch? DROID Charge? Captivate? Nope, none of those. The Samsung Galaxy Prevail, a Boost Mobile phone, came out on top at the 2.25 million mark.


Samsung numbers:

Apple numbers:

Via:  AllThingsD

  • Why the hell aren’t LG suing apple for blatantly ripping off the LG Prada for the iphone design. Having said that, taking on apple in a U.S court is like Himmler trying Hitler at a war crimes trial, you sort of know what the outcome is gonna be!

  • excluding their best two phones ever, this hardly seems relevant or accurate.

  • Go Samsung

  • @Kellex I took some sweet time to make this chart to keep our inner fanboy pleased, please refer to any issues with them and I’ll have them fixed :3 honestly it does not look so bad


  • frankandsimple

    It’s playing out almost like a bad John Grisham novel turned over-the-top Tom Cruise flick.”


  • Destroythanet

    Not even the hardest hardcore Apple haters can deny how crazy their sales numbers are. Staggering. Samsung is doing a great job, as well.

  • John Burke

    So by these number it looks like Apple is most scared of the Samsung Captivate being the device that what consumers were most confused by thinking it was an iPhone even though it clearly has a big “Samsung” logo & 4 buttons -VS- 1?
    C’mon now

  • 1MPR0BUS

    What does number of sales have to do with copyright infringement ?

    • New_Guy

      Apple needs to prove some real damage or loss due to Samsung’s tactics. The issue is that, based on the numbers, there appears to be no real justification to Apple’s claims, not the numbers they are asking for any how. If Samsung loses, based on these numbers, the judge would likely reduce the amount ten-fold.

      • I comes to about 120 USD/phone. This is not about a licensing fee so I doubt the award would be much lower (and they could get a 3x) in the event Apple wins (and that is a good sized if).

  • Not sure I believe any sales stories from people , they keep saying how good the nexus 7 tablet is selling, and its sold out everywhere.I’m in North Carolina and I see 8 and 16 gig models everywhere

  • possomcrast

    New plan: Apple And Samsung both say f*** it and give all their money they’d be spending on court expenses and send it to charities and the poor. Instant publicity and good publicity at that.

    • New_Guy

      And instant perfect world…but we all know that won’t happen =)…

    • Breezer23

      And sudden shipments of crack pour into the US!

  • Alex

    Am I the only one not finding the GNex on that list?

    • (excluding the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Nexus)

    • Kellex said that the GNex and the GSIII aren’t on here. My question is why?

      • Alex

        Agree. I’d think that the GNex numbers would be highest.

        • I would be surprised if the GNex numbers is higher. The first serious promotion of the phone did not come until now when Verizon’s commercial of their Shared Everything plan ends with a $99 promotion of the GNex.

        • Diablo81588

          Not a chance. The nexus is not even close to the most popular Samsung phone. The only place its the most popular is on this site.

        • michael arazan

          The Gnex is a popular phone but the SG3 will out sell it being in every country with a cell market and across all top 4 cell services companies here. By november i bet the SG3 will be the highest selling android phone ever to date.

      • They are not part of this case, they both came out during the discovery portion of this case. Apple filed a separate suit for those two phones.

    • My guess is because the GNex does not have TouchWiz on it, and TouchWiz is really the only thing that “copies” the Apple phone, other than the shape.

      • No All these phones are just those Apple is suing Samsung for. Thus no Gnex and S3 as they are in another suit Apple filled because they came out during the discovery part of this case.

        • Basically saying the same thing. (Yes G3 has TouchWiz on it)

          • No they are suing for something like 28 phones Samsung made, this list is them. They are suing over the Nexus S 4G and that does not have touchwiz, and they are skipping many small phones Samsung made that do have touchwiz.

    • entanglement

      nexus s isn’t on the list either.
      however nexus s 4g is on with sprint. strange

    • New_Guy

      was released after Q2 2010 =).

  • jxcgunrunna

    It seems Samsung has done no real damage to Apple thus far. They don’t see enough phones here in the states to cause the damages they are claiming.

    • New_Guy

      Numbers don’t lie my friend

  • David Hussey

    Prevail may take the “single model” cake, but if you add up the Galaxy SII variants for the different networks, it’s a much different story.

    • kixofmyg0t

      Actually, I know one person with a S2….noone with a Nexus or S3. But I know at least 50 people in our company with the Prevail. In fact one of my teammates(before he was kicked out for DUI) had a prevail. He always asked me to find him new “mods”(thats what he called all ROM’s).

      • gokusimpson

        Agreed. I know 1 person with an S2 and 1 person with an S3. Nobody with a Nexus. I’ve seen one in the wild from a guy that I sat next to on a plane flight in December. Crazy coincidence.

  • sinofue

    We should be rooting for the American company.

    • David Hussey

      There is so much WTF behind this statement. Not even going to take the bait.

    • Jeff Tycz

      go away

    • Google or the one that builds all its products in Asia and keeps most of its profits overseas?

    • leDerp

      Yup i root for Google

      • JFB

        I root for the user

        • Droidzilla

          Tron fights for the User.

    • KOBALT

      What American company…..

    • r0lct

      This isn’t the olymics

    • AmericanJobs

      That manufacture their devices in China???

      • streetlightman

        technically they both do but some of samsung’s parts (like their batteries) are from korea so thats better

        • entanglement

          their high-end devices are made-in korea. gs3 has some made-in korea and some made-in china. originally they were gonna do all korea, but because of demand and time issue, they had to use china

        • Tom

          Pretty sure my gnex says made in Korea on it

          • streetlightman

            mine says china, you need to take the battery out

          • entanglement

            my gnex is korea

          • Tom

            Mine is definitely “Made in Korea,” as opposed to my OG Droid, which is “Assembled in China”

    • KleenDroid


  • Tom

    So… What you are telling me is that Apple is threatened by a company who has a portion of the market that Apple doesn’t even want? FANTASTIC!

    • New_Guy

      Exactly. All conjecture and no real substance. Apple is using fear monger tactics but the numbers paint a different picture.

  • Just goes to show you that working with groups (Android OEMs) is better than working alone (Apple). Samsung by themselves can not beat Apple in numbers, however Android as a whole can. Now if Samsung was the only Android Manufacture it would be over Apple however that is the beauty of choice.

    • Chris Jones

      Which begs the question of why Apple hasn’t gone after Google specifically.

      • Art Holguin

        i’m sure they will soon

      • In my opinion I think they are scared.

      • I wondered that years ago, when all of this “Apple is suing (insert OEM here)” crap started.

      • Apple technically can’t. Google gives Android away for free, which means it’s not directly profiting even if it’s responsible for a technology that’s (allegedly) infringing. That’s also why Microsoft has been strongarming patent licenses out of everyone but Google. We’ll see how Google acquiring Motorola changes that, but most of the legal action would already be in play.

        In a sense, it’s both brilliant and evil: Google avoids being sued to oblivion if it’s found at fault, but throws every OEM except for Motorola under the bus.

        • Droidzilla

          So, when Google tried to let HTC use their patents and when Google got several patents they don’t own open-sourced etc. that was all throwing the OEMs under the bus?

          • That’s making a goodwill gesture, but it doesn’t change a situation that by definition can leave some OEMs hanging out to dry. I should clarify — I don’t necessarily think Google did that on purpose (it clearly had a doe-eyed optimism about patents). The issue is just that Google, in many cases, can’t actually rescue its partners or launch any lawsuits of its own.

            Even the Motorola deal gives it 17,000 patents it can’t really wield in court against competing smartphone platforms. The ones that are in play versus Apple and Microsoft are standards-based and could well be shot down as abusing FRAND policies.

          • Droidzilla

            FRAND patents can be very powerful; it’s only Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents that seems to think otherwise. Just because it’s FRAND doesn’t mean people can use it free, and injunctions have been granted on the basis of infringed FRAND patents in the past.

            I think Apple’s claims have about as much base as Oracle’s did, but we have a long court drama yet to play out before that’s decided. Most of the crap that’s gone on thus far has been in lower level courts (not low level, but certainly not the highest level of appeals).

      • Well, for one thing Android pre-dates iOS.

      • Breezer23

        They will. This is a test trial. If they win – this will bring on a HUGE waive of lawsuits to all Android OEM’s and Google itself. No point in spending all that money all at once until you are sure you can win at least one.

  • Steve Wojciechowski

    Apple is just a brainwa… I mean marketing genious.

    • New_Guy

      I see what you did there =)…

      • Bakani

        Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me a dozen times, I’m an Apple Customer.

  • htowngtr

    Damn, samsung must REALLY be hurting Apple’s sales numbers. How can Apple even argue that they do?

    • Seriously, Apple is smoking Samsung according to these numbers. They’ve sold four times more iPhones than Samsung has sold all phones combined!

      • dsass600

        Excluding their top selling phones…

      • New_Guy

        Back then yes, the last year, different story. Problem is that there are no real numbers yet for S3; which has smoked anything out. So they have to go off old numbers to fight a new battle.

        • Newer Guy

          They(apple) picked the fight before there was anything new to have numbers for…S3 wasnt announced. Apple still sued based on the facts at the time. These numbers are the facts they based their lawsuit over :o/

  • Jacob Svonavec

    Wow…thats all I can say