Samsung sold 30 million Galaxy S III units in five months

Samsung's Galaxy S III appears to be a winner worldwide with more than 30 million devices sold in record time.
Written by Rachel King, Contributor

Samsung has confirmed that it has sold over 30 million units of the Galaxy S III smartphone worldwide within 157 days, or approximately five months.

Note that that the keyword used by Samsung is "sales," not shipped. The latter would just mean that is how many devices Samsung has shipped to reseller partners, which would not necessarily mean that those devices had been bought.

Sales is the more important (and impressive) label of the two as that means more than 30 million people around the globe have actually shelled out the cash for this smartphone.

Within the United States, the Galaxy S III is available with all of the major mobile carriers. The Android-based smartphone starts at $199 with a two-year service agreement.

The Seoul-headquartered company compared the newly announced record to the S III's predecessor, the Galaxy S II, which surpassed 10 million devices sold globally with the same time period after launching in 2011.

The Galaxy S III debuted on May 29.

Here are some extra stats provided by Samsung about the recent and short history of the Galaxy S III thus far:

  • One unit sold every 0.45 seconds worldwide
  • 10 million units sold in 50 days
  • 20 million units sold in 100 days
  • Now upgradable to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) -- depending on the country and wireless provider

Samsung isn't the only one celebrating (or at least boasting about) major mobile sales. Apple also announced record sales -- albeit on the tablet front -- for the iPad series.

Although the Cupertino, Calif. corporation didn't reveal the breakdown between fourth-generation iPad and iPad mini sales, collectively they reportedly toppled the three million-mark in the first weekend of availability.

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