In the just two months, the Samsung smartphone has broken the 10 million mark in global sales, according to the company.
It took the unit’s predecessor, the Galaxy S II, five months to reach that sales plateau.
The sales numbers were revealed Sunday by president of Samsung’s information technology and mobile communication division Shin Jong-kyun in an interview with the Yonhap News Agency.
Right now, the Galaxy S III is the hottest smartphone in the market and without another Apple iPhone in sight for at least a month, it’s likely to remain so for the rest of this calendar quarter. However, a new survey from 451 Research/ChangeWave shows that 14 percent of smartphone shoppers say they’re “very likely” to buy the new iPhone when it’s released this fall, compared to 2 percent who say they’re “very likely” to buy a Galaxy S III.
Apple is trying to put a crimp in the sales of the Galaxy S III by including it in a patent lawsuit filed against Samsung in the United States. That lawsuit has already resulted in a ban on sale in the U.S. of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Nexus smartphone.
Since its release on May 29, the Galaxy S III — which runs Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), has a 4.8-inch display and a quad-core processor — has been critically acclaimed. According to Samsung’s Jong-kyun, sales of the handset could top 40 million, which would make it the all-time best selling smartphone for the company.