Samsung Galaxy S III: 9m pre-orders

Samsung is looking forward to another major Android success
Darren Allan

May 18, 2012

There’s some good news for Samsung when it comes to its new S III device, which is due to come out at the end of this month.

According to the Korea Economic Daily (via Reuters), 9 million pre-orders have been notched up over a hundred carriers across the globe.

The paper’s source was an anonymous Samsung official, who also stated that the firm’s smartphone factory in South Korea was running full tilt to get as many S IIIs out as it could. The full output being 5 million units per month, apparently.

Samsung has acknowledged that the new S III will contribute in a big way to its earnings this quarter, but didn’t comment on the estimate of pre-orders.

The Galaxy range has really blazed with some huge sales figures that have helped propel Samsung not only to the top of the smartphone world, but the company is now officially the biggest overall mobile vendor (including feature phones).

The latest Gartner figures for Q1 2012 showed Samsung displaced Nokia at the top with a 20.7 per cent mobile market share. Nokia had been top mobile vendor since 1998.

The S III comes with a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos 4 processor, and has a 4.8 inch Super AMOLED 720p display. The handset also boasts dual cameras, the main one an 8 megapixel affair with a zero-lag shutter, NFC technology, and voice plus motion control capabilities.

Sales are, without a doubt, going to rack up very quickly come the end of May, and the launch of the phone.


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