Samsung said it has sold 5 million Galaxy S II devices in 85 days, a healthy pace for phones that have yet to hit the U.S. to challenge the forthcoming iPhone 5.
it has sold 5 million Galaxy S II handsets in 85 days of availability in South
Korea, Japan and some European countries, according to Yonhap News
clip comes after Samsung sold 3 million of the Android 2.3
"Gingerbread" devices in 55 days and 1 million in less than a month in Korea alone
sales bode well for Samsung, which just launched the Galaxy S II in China but
has yet to release the much-ballyhooed phones through carriers such as AT&T
and Verizon Wireless in the U.S. The big mystery is: when will the new devices
Jong-kyun, president of Samsung's mobile business and digital imaging, said at a
media briefing July 19 that the company would launch the Galaxy S II phones in the U.S. this August
Samsung's U.S. contingent told eWEEK
July 20: "Samsung Mobile politely declines to comment on the upcoming
availability of the Galaxy S II in the U.S."
Meanwhile, Boy Genius Report
snagged these images of AT&T's Galaxy S II slider smartphone.
Other Galaxy S
II handsets have proven to be thinner and lighter than the Galaxy S
predecessors that sold over 10 million units in the U.S. in 2010. The new
handsets also use 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus (Super active-matrix organic LED
Plus) screens and are powered by 1.2GHz processors.
also include an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera that captures video in 1080p, as
well as a 2MP front-facing camera.
believed to be targeting an August U.S. launch to get on retail shelves ahead
of Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 5
, which is
expected to launch this September or October.
urgency to get out the door in the U.S. may be appropriate. Experian's
PriceGrabber said 35 percent of nearly 3,000 U.S. consumers surveyed online
said they would buy the iPhone 5 upon its release.
have sold between 18 million and 21 million smartphones worldwide from April
through June, compared with 16.7 million for Nokia and 20.3 million iPhones,
according to research firm Strategy Analytics via Bloomberg