"Since its launch in late April 2011, the Galaxy S II has seen continued sales success, demonstrating Samsung's industry-leading capabilities in--and commitment to--the smartphone market," said JK Shin, president and head of Samsung's mobile communications business in a statement.
The device debuted in South Korea at the end of April, followed by Japan and Europe in May, and China in late July. It launched it in the United States in late August. Samsung said earlier this year that it plans to release the Android-based smartphone in 120 countries through 140 mobile carriers.
The addition of the U.S. market, where Samsung sells the device through AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile USA in different forms, likely helped bolster Samsung's huge shipment figures during the last five weeks. With five million sold over the last five weeks, that's at the rate of 143,000 per day. Compare that to Android's total daily handset sales of 550,000, and you can see how successful Samsung has been with its Android smartphones.
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"In just five months the Galaxy S II has seen tremendous growth, reflecting its tremendous popularity with customers around the world, who in selecting the Galaxy S II as their device of choice have driven the device's strong market position globally," continued Chin.
This figure doesn't necessarily represent the number of smartphones sold to end users.
Samsung has managed to move a lot of these phones even though it is battling Apple in a number of countries over smartphone patents. In fact, Samsung has been temporarily blocked from selling its Galaxy S devices in the Netherlands and a handful of other countries. Litigation regarding the Galaxy S in the United States is pending an International Trade Commission review and no decisions have yet been made.
The Galaxy S II is extremely thin at 8.49 mm, and it uses the latest Super AMOLED Plus technology for its 4.27- to 4.52-inch displays. It has quad-band GSM/EDGE and quad-band HSPA at 21 Mbps, Bluetooth 3.0 HS, GPS, Wi-Fi, and FM with RDS radios, and a dual-core 1-GHz processor (depending on the model).
The S II's main camera captures 8 megapixels, full 1080p HD video, and has autofocus and a flash. The secondary camera has 2 megapixels. Media can be shared via DLNA, and the S II comes with either 16 GB or 32 GB of onboard storage, in addition to a slot for microSD cards up to 32 GB.
The S II runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and includes a number of Samsung software elements, such as TouchWiz, Social Hub, Media Hub, Readers Hub, and Game Hub. The S II features a new, customizable live panel, which users can use to pull down Web content, such as RSS feeds.
It is sold as the Galaxy S II by AT&T and T-Mobile. The Sprint version, which boasts WiMax, is named the Epic 4G Touch.