By: Hillel Fuld (@hilzfuld)
With all the astronomical numbers of phone sales we see daily in the mobile space, you have to wonder who is buying all these devices. I mean, 20 million SII devices, 10 million of the first Galaxy S based on numbers from last October, and now the SIII showing some amazing numbers. Not to mention the ridiculous number of iPhones sold worldwide.
Well, Samsung, the current king of both the smartphone and feature phone markets, has apparently already stacked up a whopping 10 million preorders of its new flagship device, the Galaxy SIII. That has to be some sort of record.
The numbers come from mobile operators around the world, but not including US operators, since the new device is not available yet for US consumers. The US version will run a dual-core Qualcomm S4 processor rather than the quad-core Exynos 4412 that is found in other countries, which some claim will affect U.S sales.
Just for the sake of perspective, the SIII is already half as successful as Samsung’s most sold smartphone ever, the SII, and it has not even gone on sale yet. That is impressive, you have to admit.
According to an IDC report, Samsung sales increased 26% annually, with 42.2 million devices shipped in Q1 2012, which is 29.1% of the market. Apple ranked second with 35.1 million units and a 24.2% market share.
Check out the web’s first unboxing video of the Galaxy SIII compliments of GSMArena.