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Samsung Galaxy S II hits 1m units in Korea, breaks records

updated 12:05 am EDT, Mon May 30, 2011

Galaxy S II pips iPhone to 1m in 1 month for Korea

Samsung started off the week with word that the Galaxy S II had set a record for the fastest-selling smartphone in Korea. The dual-core Android machine hit one million sales in just its first month, or about one every three seconds. As a frame of reference, the Galaxy S took 70 days to reach the same tally, Samsung said.

The phone shipped in late April to Samsung's home country and cracked the 100,000 mark in three days, doubled it in eight, and had passed the half-million mark in two weeks. Samsung credited the rush purely to hardware, pointing to the much improved 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen. The 21Mbps 3G, very thin (8.9mm) design and the newer TouchWiz interface were also factors.

Such a quick sales rate reflects an intensifying battle for the smartphone lead in Korea. Apple managed 300,000 iPhone 4 pre-orders in the country and may have come close to trumping Samsung's numbers, but it has still faced limitations in the past that Samsung didn't face in May, such as limited carrier availability. Until SK Telecom was added in March, Apple had to sell through just KT. The virtual duopoly of Samsung and LG in Korea has also led to KT and others supporting foreign devices facing corporate retaliation; Samsung 'punished' KT for its iPhone deal by holding back on marketing support for the Omnia line.

Overall Galaxy S II sales are likely to be larger overall given the phone's presence in Europe and other key parts of the world. Samsung is expected to repeat its all-fronts strategy in the US by launching the Galaxy S II on most major American carriers in slight variants.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Anyone else?

    Anyone else find it really creepy how Samsung always has random Korean women holding the product, who don't even look like they like it? Ahh the joy of a horribly sexist culture.

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Apple iPhone sold way more than that in its opening weekend.

  1. Cronocide

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I don't care who you are, that is fast.

    Sent five hours ago from my iPhone.

  1. Zanziboy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Don't get it.

    What's the difference between Android phone models? They all seem to behave the same.

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  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    They should all be wearing skirts

    Those _itches' should be wearing skirts, because their pants should be catching on fire by now.

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  1. facebook_Clarence

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    Joined: May 2011


    Look at that phone!

    Just look at that Android device. It's screaming "hey Apple, you'll have all of my features too... in a couple years, lol!"

    Apple has abandoned its customers and is headed down the same road many other failed companies have gone.

  1. glideslope

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Always the same chicks with the same creepy smiles.

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    For the record...

    For all of those who are wondering... One million in one month SOLD, not "shipped" or "pre-ordered".

    Those numbers are almost "Magical"!


    - Sent from my Android Device.

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: Don't get it.

    >>>What's the difference between Android phone models? They all seem to behave the same.

    You mean like all Apple iOS devices behave the same??

    Yeah I guess you Don't get it.


    - Sent from my Android Device.

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