Samsung Galaxy S II Sales Hit 1M in Korea

Samsung's Galaxy S II "Gingerbread" smartphone sold 1 million units in Korea in a month, the company said May 30. Moreover, Samsung is targeting the Galaxy S III for an early 2012 launch.

Samsung said it has sold more than 1 million Galaxy S II handsets in Korea in one month, selling one every three seconds.

Samsung began selling the Galaxy S II, which runs Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" on a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus (Super active-matrix organic LED Plus) screen and 1.2GHz processor, April 29 in its home country.

Since the phone went on sale, it's been selling "like a hotcake," in Korea, Samsung said in a press statement May 30. The company added:

"It has been breaking every selling record relating to cell phones in Korea. Since its release on 29th of April, Galaxy S2 passed 100,000 sold in 3 days, and 200,000 in 8 days, and reached 500,000 sold after a fortnight. This fastest 1,000,000 sold record, in particular, shortens its predecessor Galaxy S's previous record by a whopping 40 days."

That is no mean feat. Worldwide, the Galaxy S line sold over 10 million units in 2010, whipping Motorola and HTC in Android handset sales.

IDC said Android helped Samsung double its smartphone market share, so it's especially sweet for Samsung to sell 10 percent of that figure in one country in a single month.

The Galaxy S II handsets are expected to hit the U.S. this summer. If the product's sales in Korea are any hint, Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Sprint should see solid sales figures for the phones this year.

Moreover, Samsung is already revving up its Galaxy S III launch for early 2012. That's what J.K. Shin, president of Samsung Mobile, told The Wall Street Journal at Computex May 30.

Shin also commented briefly on Samsung's ongoing lawsuit with Apple, where the two companies are suing each other for various patent infringements.

"We didn't copy Apple's design," Shin told the Journal. "We have used many similar designs over the past years, and it [Apple's allegation] will not be legally problematic."

Samsung is also gaining steam in Android-based tablets. Shin said Samsung is riding the Android "Honeycomb" horse exclusively for its tablet offerings.

The company will launch a 10.1-inch version of its Galaxy Tab tablet computer in June, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 later this summer and a 4G Tab later this year, Shin told the Journal.