Samsung Electronics this week announced that the Galaxy S III smartphone has achieved twenty million unit sales in just one hundred days since its debut in May 2012 and became Samsung's most successful smartphone to date, generating sales quicker than any of its predecessors. Most probably, Samsung Galaxy S III is among the most successful Google Android-based smartphones ever as well.
"The Galaxy S III has enjoyed tremendous attention and popularity since its launch in May, and we are thrilled with its success. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to customers who have chosen the Galaxy S III. We will never stop providing the latest smart mobile technologies to help users live a life extraordinary," said JK Shin, president of IT and mobile communications division at Samsung Electronics.
According to Samsung, it has sold the largest number of its flagship smartphones in Europe (6 million handsets), Asia (4.5 million) and the U.S. (4 million). In South Korea, Samsung has sold 2.5 million Galaxy S III smartphones life-to-date.
Despite of obvious success, shipments of the Galaxy S III in its first quarter on the market cannot be compared with sales of Apple iPhone 4S in its first quarter, which exceeded 37 million units. It should be noted though that Samsung continues to sell its highly-successful Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II, Galaxy Nexus and loads of other smartphones, which can directly or indirectly affect sales of the flagship.
Another important trend that 20 million units of Galaxy S III demonstrates is rapidly increasing demand towards smartphones with large touch-screens. Tens of millions of people preferred 4.8" screen of Galaxy S III to smaller screens of Apple iPhone 4S or inexpensive Android-based phones despite of the fact that Samsung's flagship offering is rather large.
Samsung Galaxy S III is based on the company's own Exynos 4412 system-on-chip with four ARM Cortex-A9 cores as well as Mali 400MP graphics engine (the U.S. version is powered by dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4). The third-generation Galaxy S has 4.8" Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1280*720 resolution [306 pixels per inch, similar to Apple iPhone 4/s] and Corning Gorilla Glass 2. The flagship phone has 1GB of RAM and can be equipped with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of NAND flash storage.
Samsung equipped its flagship Galaxy S III model with 8MP rear and 1.9MP front cameras, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, GPS/GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 (LE), accelerometer, RGB light, digital compass, gyroscope, barometer, 2100mAh battery and so on. As expected, the S III will come with Google Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" operating system and will support in all 2.5G, 3G, 3.5G (up to HSPA+ with 21Mb/s) types of networks and will also feature 4G/LTE where available.