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Samsung Galaxy S II is their fastest selling smartphone ever


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Samsung has announced the latest batch of sales figures for its Galaxy S II Android smartphone, and the device remains the company's fastest-growing smartphone yet.

According to Samsung, the Galaxy S2 has officially hit 10 million in sales all of five months after the device's worldwide launch this past April. Sales in South Korea take the lion's share of the total at 3.6 million, with European markets close behind at 3.4 million. Sales of the smartphone in Asia hit a total of 2.3 million.

"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 S2 as their device of choice have driven the device's strong market position globally," said J.K. Shin, president of Samsung's mobile communications division, in a statement.

Previous sales figures put the Galaxy S2 at three million units sold after a mere 55 days on the market, shattering the company's sales records at the time. In fact, the Galaxy S2 hit the three-million figure all of 30 days faster than its predecessor device, Samsung's Galaxy S smartphone. Total Galaxy S2 sales then ballooned up to five million at the 85 day-mark.


It remains to be seen just how well U.S. sales figures will boost Samsung's total count. The Galaxy S2, rebranded as the Epic 4G Touch, went on sale via Sprint on September 16 at a price of around $200 (with a new two-year service agreement) or $500 without. AT&T's variant, named simply the Samsung Galaxy S2, goes on sale October 2 for $200 (also with a service agreement). T-Mobile has not yet announced a release date for its version, but it's expected that the company will make mention of an imminent Galaxy S2 launch at its Monday event.

And Verizon? Interested Verizon users will have little recourse for scoring an official Galaxy S2: The company has said that it has no intention of releasing its own version of the smartphone.

"We have an extensive portfolio that offers customers a great variety of devices, including the Samsung Droid Charge," said a Verizon spokesman in August.

Samsung's Droid Prime, the first smartphone to run Android 4.0, or Ice Cream Sandwich, is expected to lead Verizon's portfolio of Android phones in the Galaxy S2's absence.

This article, written by David Murphy, originally appeared on PCMag.com and is republished on Gear Live with the permission of Ziff Davis, Inc.

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