The Galaxy S is Samsung’s best-selling phone to date, smashing several records one after the other. Last November, the Samsung Galaxy S dethroned Apple’s iPhone as Japan’s best-selling phone, a title it held for an amazing 18 weeks since it was released in June. Back then, Samsung promised that the best of Galaxy S is yet to come.
Earlier this month, Samsung announced that the Galaxy S II Android smartphone sold a record three million units in just 55 days. Most of the sales were in Europe and Asia, with Latin America also providing some impressive numbers. Samsung announced Wednesday that it has sold more than 5 million Galaxy S II handsets in the first three months since the smartphone’s debut.
Surely, if ever there was a challenger to Apple, it may be Samsung. And if ever there is a true competitor to the iPhone, it has to be the Galaxy S II.
Based on those numbers, Samsung sells 59,000 Galaxy S IIs every day. The device was launched in China and Jordan this week. Samsung Galaxy S II is already available in Canada through SaskTel, Bell and Virgin Mobile. The phone was due to be released this month in the U.S., but no dates have been announced. Samsung has grand ambitions for the Galaxy S II and it plans to release the Android-based smartphone in 120 countries through 140 mobile carriers.
In fact, several smartphone experts believe the Galaxy S II to be a worthy competitor for the Apple iPhone. There’s little doubt that Samsung is Android’s true champion. Several reports suggest that Samsung might have surpassed Apple and Nokia in smartphone sales in the second quarter. However, with iPhone 5 looming in September, Samsung would be well advised to launch the Galaxy S II sooner than later.
As my fellow blogger Jeff Weiner mentioned in one of his posts, “The looming release of Apple’s iPhone 5, set apparently in September, puts Samsung on notice. If they’re able to get a major United States release late this month or, at the very latest, early in August, they could enjoy a jump on the newest and most threatening product on the market. Time is of the essence, as you can tell.”
The Galaxy S II is widely regarded as the world’s thinnest phone at 8.49mm. It has a 4.27-Super AMOLED-plus inch display. 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 1GHz processor. If features two cameras – a main 8 megapixels, full 1080p HD video capable camera and a 2 megapixels secondary camera. It allows media sharing via DLNA, 16 GB or 32 GB of onboard storage, in addition to a slot for microSD cards up to 32 GB.
There’s no denying that Samsung Galaxy S II is setting records and making waves in Europe and Asia, the proving grounds have yet to be approached. It is widely regarded as the finest Android phone ever built. Whether it’s better (and more popular) than the Apple iPhone, time will tell.