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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.

There are 41 comments

talhamid says:

This is nothing compared to iPhone 5; read its review, I am sure AC readers will appreciate it:-)

Sorry talhamid, that just sounds awful rofl. No t9 dialing? Really? Out with the good and in with the desperate. And the "first ever review"...on a random blogspot? yeah OK

Getting back to the real story here, nice one Samsung, love my s2! If the s4 or new nexus isnt out in time i'll be joining these statistics and going s3 myself

mhmmdy123 says:

talhamid... The iNote and whatever the Iphone you`re talking about, it has nothing new, may be to you and to all IPhone fan boys, but not for Android reader.
If you deep in the SGS3 you`ll see what this phone has toofferr.
On SGS3 you can call the the person who`s text you without dialing his/ her phone number, this just one feature on the SGS3.... That`s answer to your iNote.

You realize this was supposed to be funny. Just younger and cheek :)

Nothing to get uPset about.

talhamid says:

I don't know what to say. If you find any factual inaccuracies in my blog post, my deepest apologies.

Really Talkahid? Really?

If this is anything but a joke, then I feel sorry for you.

JtothaR says:

The fact that you think it could be something other than a joke...... I feel sorry for you.... ROFL

Yeah. I just find it sad that this person has enough free time to review a calculator notepad. Sigh.

JtothaR says:

I'ts a parody review. Goober.

Naza1966 says:

really now?????? look the s2 won best smartphone of the year it beat out the iphoney 4s and it ook the galaxy s3 only 100 days to out sell the iphoney 4s thats been out for 11 months lmao what do you think the galaxy s3 will do to the iphoney 5?????

The iPhone sold 37 million its first quarter (90 days).

Jayshmay says:

Congratulations Samsung!!!!!!
I hope there are a lot of IPhone converts!!!

So, 20 million in a little over a quarter? We'll just have to wait and see how it compares to when the new iPhone comes out. Sigh.

talhamid says:

They ARE getting there, though. They are improving sales by orders of magnitude with every flagship Galaxy model. In my opinion SGS3 will be the first phone to seriously warrant comparison with iPhone sales, i.e. it will form a sizeable fraction. As for whether it will ever overtake it, I don't think so since Samsung like to spread their sales over dozens of devices.

bwithey11 says:

People don't realize that iphone numbers shouldn't be directly compared to any Android phones. There is one iphone per year, and only one manufacturer. There are no competitors in iOS. There are ridiculous numbers of Android phones made a year. The fact that Samsung sold 20 million phones in a time where the better phone is only weeks/months away is amazing. If Samsung and others also made iOS devices, Apple would sell far fewer. If Apple made an Android device, they would sell far fewer.

DAS says:

+1 This is a very good point!

Exactly. Let's not get into a pissing contest people.

Let's just be glad that the s3 is such a success :)

DrDoppio says:

In before "shipped != sold": unless you can provide information on where the vendors store 20 million "unsold" phones, don't bother posting.

milesmcever says:

Dang that is a lot of confused people that ment to buy the iPhone... yep I just took it there.

Damn! Why won't this thing sync to iTunes!? Lol

Shadowriver says:

5 comments..... all iPhone offencive :p

Haters gonna hate :p

milesmcever says:

And... :p

Just a saying that it's hard to convince a person who hates something to change his mind.

Naza1966 says:

well when apple can come up with something new and not just give you fan boys a few lil upgrades and think its the 2nd coming of god maybe just maybe we will have something to hate on. But for now all you fan boys just keep giving apple your money for the same phone year after year after year

Shadowriver says:

Do you really need new look to make phone diffrent?

Naza1966 says:

No not really but when they only give you the lil upgrades that they do and you fan boys aka Sheeps act like its a all new phone and brag about it makes it so so so sad to think it takes so lil to make you sheeps happy

Wow. Way to represent the whole Android community. Make people who like or own iPhones feel bad. That's a great way to bring them to the other side.

bwithey11 says:

Would you tell a duck he isn't a duck?

Is that any excuse to be mean and derisive?

So, it is acceptable to be mean to people who have different tastes?

I thought that we were better than this.

Introducing the Galaxy S IV with a 7.8 inch screen. ;p

Jowlah says:


Someone needs a hug :)

martzeru says:

Samsung sells 20 million Galaxy S3s in 100 days. Guess that means Apple will sue us for using credit cards with rounded corners.

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davidnc says:

Woo Hoo Samsung !! :)

A coworker here actually thinks the iphone 5 is going to have a 7 inch screen .I cant convince him otherwise.Guess in a few weeks hes going finally fiqure it out . Oh well I tried lol

Sure that he isn't thinking of the iPad mini rumored to have a 7 inch screen?

If he thinks it's the iPhone, he has serious delusions of grandeur.

davidnc says:

I talked to another coworker I think he finally fiqured it out,Because he mentioned to them it was going to have the 4 inch screen just 10 minutes ago.Maybe he did have them mixed up since he might have been reading about the ipad mini to.

Naza1966 says:

David be nice to your co-worker you know it takes those fanboys a while to fig out things like them getting ripped off every year with a few lil upgrades maybe one day they will learn just maybe

kullkid92x says:

its no wonder Apple is so mad haha. someone reaching close to their record sales i would panic too.

Wait. Who's panicking? You know apple takes approximately 75% of all profit from mobile sales?