Samsung's Galaxy S II smartphone has yet to launch in the US, but the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) smartphone is selling like gangbusters over in Europe, Japan, India and Samsung's home base of Korea.
Earlier, at the begining of this month, we at diTii.com reported that Galaxy S II has surpassed 3 Million Sales Mark Worldwide in just 55 days. Now, according a statement from Samsung, the company has now sold over 5 million units worldwide in just 85 days. Samsung said that the phone has captured the top market share among more than 10 countries in Europe.
In comparison, the original Galaxy S took 125 days to reach the same 5-million-unit sales mark.
Aiming to launch the GS2 in 120 countries through 140 mobile carriers, Samsung is looking to sell 10 million units by the end of the year, according to the Yonhap News Agency.
Helped by heavy demand for the GS II, Samsung sold 18 million to 21 million smartphones in the second quarter, according to Strategy Analytics analyst Neil Mawston. At just 18 million, Samsung did outsell Nokia; assuming the high end, then Samsung also outshined Apple as the quarter's top smartphone vendor.
The Galaxy S II is just entering the Chinese market this week which will likely see an increase in sales. And, the United States will be able to get hands on the Galaxy S II fairly soon. The smartphone is scheduled to be made available from Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Sprint in August.
The phone has impressed consumers and reviewers alike with its aggressive array of features, including a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, an 8-megapixel camera in back, and a 2-megapixel camera in front. Currently running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the GS2 also sports Samsung's customized TouchWiz 4.0 interface.
All the three major U.S. carriers will give the phone a different name. "Verizon Wireless will call the phone as Samsung Function, AT&T will name it Samsung Attain and Sprint will put the Samsung Within label on the phone.