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Samsung's Galaxy S3 expected to hit 10 million sales in two months

The much-hyped iPhone rival seems to be living up to its billing.

NBR staff
Tue, 26 Jun 2012

Samsung's Galaxy S3 - a Google Android-powered rival to Apple's iPhone - is on track to sell 10 million by the end of July, the company says.

The end of July will mark two months since the S3's initial release, although it is still being rolled out in some territories.

If the S3 does clock 10 million sales, it will become the fastest selling Android phone in history.

It took its predecessor, the S3, six months to hit the 10 million mark.

In its most recently reported quarter, Apple said it had sold 35 million iPhones.

Nokia's big come-back hope - its Microsoft Windows-based Lumia series - shipped an estimated 2 million units during the March quarter, IDC estimates.

Samsung recently reported record quarter profit, fuelled in part by surging smartphone sales.

The company also boosted its so-called "feature phone" market share, helping it pass Nokia to become the world's largest phone maker.

The local launch of the Galaxy S3 was easily the largest for any smartphone in New Zealand, with Samsung flying 50 phone company, retailer and media staff to Sydney.

Reps for Telecom, Vodafone and 2degrees told NBR ONLINE that Samsung has easily the largest handset team locally.

The S3, which has garnered strong reviews, sports a large 4.8-inch display (the iPhone has a 3.5-inch screen), a quad-core processor. Its features include eye-tracking technology that stops the screen from going to sleep if you're still looking at it.

Despite Samsung's prediction of stronger smartphone sales, and correspondingly improved financial results for its cellphone unit, the Korean company's shares fell.

Analysts are worried about weakness in the company's other divisions.

NBR staff
Tue, 26 Jun 2012
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Samsung's Galaxy S3 expected to hit 10 million sales in two months