The Samsung Galaxy S5 has only been on sale a single weekend, but Samsung executives are already looking toward the future. Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung’s product strategy team, spoke to Reuters about the GS5’s likely sales performance and the near-future debut of Tizen smartphones.
Yoon expects sales of the Galaxy S5 to be “much better” than the Galaxy S4, predicting Samsung will sell “significantly” more than 10 million units within the first month of availability. The S5 launched in double the number of countries as the S4, and circumstantial evidence from phone retailers Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4u is already supporting Yoon’s claim – both businesses reported record sales over the weekend.
Looking ahead, Yoon said Samsung was working to introduce at least two smartphones running Tizen later this year. One, a high-end model, is projected for release sometime during Q2, while a cheaper handset aimed at developing countries would launch after. Yoon reaffirmed that, despite Samsung’s commitment to Tizen, the company considered Google a strong partner and that Android “still needs to be [Samsung’s] main business.”
We know a few of you added to these sales numbers, so let us know if you are still content with your purchase below in the comments.
Update: Yoon also said Samsung intends to launch a Galaxy Note with a new “form factor,” but didn’t elaborate. Let the speculation commence!
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