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Court filings reveal confidential Apple & Samsung sales figures

The Apple versus Samsung patent trial is proving to be a veritable treasure trove of confidential information about both companies. We’ve so far seen prototypes and internal correspondence, but the latest juicy information to surface pertains to both tech giants’ finances: documents filed by lawyers for each side have provided hitherto unknown details about how many units of Apple and Samsung’s various smartphone and tablet models were moved in the US during the time frame relevant to the lawsuit.

According to the filings, Samsung pulled in $7.5 billion (£4.8 billion) in revenue between June 2010 and June 2012, on the strength of 21.25 million phones sold. In addition to that, the company shipped 1.4 million tablets, generating an additional $644 million (£412 million) during that time frame.

Of the phones, the Galaxy Prevail was Samsung’s best-selling device, with 2.25 million units sold. That’s trailed by the Epic 4G with 1.89 million in sales and the Epic 4G Touch Galaxy S2, with 1.67 million units sold. Overall, 4.1 million Galaxy S2 handsets, including all variants, were sold.

The chart also shows how sales translate into revenue. For instance, the Epic 4G brought in $855 million (£547 million) in less than two years; the Epic 4G Touch version of the Galaxy S2 was not far behind with $764 million (£489 million) in revenue.

As for Apple, its filings reveal that, between the second quarter of 2007 and the second quarter of 2012, the company sold 85 million iPhones in the US, bringing in $50 billion (£32 billion). It also sold 46 million iPod touches, generating just under $10.3 billion (£6.6 billion) in revenue. Since the iPad's launch in 2010, 34 million units were sold bringing in $19 billion (£12 billion).

Though both companies have tried to seal much of this data from the public, presiding Judge Lucy Koh has rejected requests for confidentiality, meaning we could become privy to even more details over the course of the trial, which is set to resume today (10 August).