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Samsung's Galaxy S3 sells over 30 million units in 157 days

by Alistair Lowe on 5 November 2012, 11:15

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Samsung did promise that its Galaxy S3 smartphone would reach the 30 million sales mark before the year was up and indeed it did. The firm today announced that, 157 days (five months) after the device's release, it had reached its sales target, officially selling at a rate three-times that of the Galaxy S2.

It's not just the Galaxy S3 that has benefited from improved sales either, the Note II has also been selling three-times as fast as its predecessor, shifting three million units in the first month of sale.

Samsung Galaxy S3 (GALAXY S III)

It's perhaps interesting to note that whilst the S3 had been released in 29 countries on May 29th, release in other territories was significantly staggered, with the US receiving the device almost a month later, on June 20th. Had Samsung pulled-off a worldwide release, we could have seen the S3 pass the 30 million sales mark back in October.

"The GALAXY S III continues to be a runaway favorite with customers around the world. Meeting this sales milestone in five months sets another record for Samsung, and we are extremely proud and yet motivated to continue to provide our customers with products that they love. On behalf of Samsung Mobile, I appreciate the millions of customers around the world that have chosen the Samsung GALAXY SIII" commented Samsung head of IT & Mobile Comms, JK Shin, in response to the firm reaching its latest goal.

Apple confirmed in its quarterly results that it had sold 26.9 million iPhones in the three month period, though didn't confirm what percentage of devices were iPhone 5s and so it's difficult to say who's ahead at the stage in the game, all we can say is that, Apple certainly no longer stands alone in leading high-end smartphone sales.



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Note 2 owner here..... :-)
Very happy with my device. Replaced my old HTC desire HD and I can't believe how much better this is.
And whats even better is that on 3G I can get down load speeds up to 15mb/sec quite often - no need for 4g for me.
Impressive numbers, I have a feeling due to the timing, with the 4S going out and people waiting for the 5, the last quarter iphone sales will outdo the 30 mil easily. Shame because I think there are better phones to be had.
Bought an S3 to replace my iPhone 4. Wouldn't say I'm disappointed with the S3, but I'm not as impressed as I was led to believe I would be.

I think my issue is more with Android than the handset. As a long-time iOS user, I'll say that Android is a million miles behind in terms of general polish and feel.
Brewster0101
Note 2 owner here..... :-)
Very happy with my device. Replaced my old HTC desire HD and I can't believe how much better this is.
And whats even better is that on 3G I can get down load speeds up to 15mb/sec quite often - no need for 4g for me.

Samsung are probably making the best handsets for most people in general at the moment, a deserved number 1 spot. The N2 was too large for me (played with one) but I did like the features and ummed-ahhed over it. They've been quicker than the pack with Jelly Bean as well, wonder how long for 4.2?

It's not for many people (being vanilla Android it needs apps and setup time to get the most from) but the Nexus4 might well get my money, depends how well my Sensation does with latest CM10 based ROM. I'd been holding out for a 2GB RAM handset...
Went out for a meal to celebrate a childs birthday the other day, 11 adults, 6 Galaxy S 3's, 2 Galaxy Aces, one iPhone 4S in the smartphone stakes...I reckon that's a pretty convincing win for Samsung. The 4S owner said the wished they'd got an S 3 also as they found the apps they wanted and games especially expensive...