It's been just one hundred days since the Samsung Galaxy S3 made its international debut in London, but already 20 million of the handsets have been sold worldwide, according to the manufacturer. In its official blog post today, Samsung notes that the S3 passed this milestone around three times as fast as last year's Galaxy S2, no doubt helped along by a streamlined U.S. launch and an aggressive marketing campaign. The S2, another big seller for the Korean manufacturer, took some ten months to reach the 20 million milestone.
Today's announcement also shows that sales of the device remain strong. It took Samsung 50 days to sell its first 10 million S3 phones, and the company says they're selling at a rate of around 200,000 per day.
As we rapidly approach the final quarter of the year, there's little doubt that the Galaxy S3 will emerge as the best-selling Android handset of the year. However, it's biggest test will come in a couple of weeks, when it's pitted against Apple's next iPhone.
Update: We've got Samsung's press release after the break.
Source: Samsung (Translated)
Samsung GALAXY S III Reaches 20 Million Sales Milestone in Record Time
Ergonomic design, user-friendly features, and the latest technologies drive record-breaking success for Samsung’s flagship smartphone
SEOUL, Korea—September 6, 2012—Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced that the GALAXY S III smartphone has achieved 20 million unit sales in just 100 days since its debut in May 2012. As Samsung’s most successful smartphone to date, the GALAXY S III has set a new record, generating sales quicker than any of its predecessors.
Designed for humans and inspired by nature, the GALAXY S III is a revolutionary smartphone that delivers a uniquely personalized and intuitive user experience. It includes a generous 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED display for a stunning viewing experience, and a variety of powerful camera features that ensure all moments are captured easily and instantly. Samsung GALAXY S III uses intelligent software that responds interactively to your face, gestures and voice. It also sports a range of additional features that boost performance and the overall user experience in entirely new ways, including Smart Stay, S Beam and AllShare Cast.
“The GALAXY S III has enjoyed tremendous attention and popularity since its launch in May, and we are thrilled with its success,” said JK Shin, President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “I would like to express my sincere appreciation to customers who have chosen the GALAXY S III. We will never stop providing the latest smart mobile technologies to help users live a life extraordinary.”
Following the successful launch of the GALAXY S III, the stylish device will be available in a variety of colors; *Amber Brown, *Garnet Red, *Sapphire Black and *Titanium Gray in addition to Pebble Blue and Marble White.
* Availability of colors will vary depending on the country and carrier/retailer.