Report: Samsung Gets 9 Million Pre-orders for Galaxy SIII

Samsung managed to create quite a bit of buzz for the Galaxy S III in the run up to the phone's unveiling. First we thought (okay, hoped) it might turn up at CES. When it didn't, it was immediately assumed that Samsung was saving the Galaxy S III for an MWC launch. Excitement mounted after Samsung revealed it wouldn't be bringing the S III to Barcelona because it was hoping to unveil closer to launch time. The South Korean company finally introduced us to the Galaxy S III earlier this month, promising a summertime launch for the U.S. and an end-of-May launch in other markets. So, with the end of may bearing down on us, how are things looking for the Galaxy S III?

Pretty good, apparently. According to a report in Reuters, Samsung has received a mind-blowing nine million pre-orders for the device. The news outlet cites Korea Economic Daily in reporting that Samsung has accrued nine million pre-orders from 100 carriers around the world. Korea Economic Daily doesn't name it's source, preferring instead to credit an unidentified Samsung official for the information.

Samsung hasn't confirmed the number of pre-orders, so we have no way of knowing if this is true. However, if it is true, then we're in for quite a ride with the Galaxy S III. That figure is based on just 100 carriers. Samsung said earlier this month that it would be partnering with 296 carriers to launch across 145 countries, which means nine million pre-orders though just over one third of its partners. Korea Economic Daily's source said Samsung's factory is running at full capacity for this phone and pushing out five million units a month.

The Galaxy S III is the follow on to the hugely successful Galaxy S II. It packs a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED 1280 x 720 display; a quad-core Exynos processor; 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera on the back with a 1.9-megpixel affair up front; Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with Samsung's TouchWiz UI on top and new gesture functions to improve navigation; and HSPA+ support (Samsung is also working on an LTE model). The whole package will weigh in at 133g and measures just 8.6mm thick.

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  • ilysaml
    Byebye Apple!
  • Hellbound
    Apple lawyer powers, activate!!!!!!! lol
  • vkg1
    Korean save from one evil American company at a time. This one probably the worst. Next thing = purchase AMD and use x86 license to destroy Intel too >-) Apple and Intel gone and everything will be free again.
  • Murissokah
    It's good to have a reference product to look up to. Helps the platform grow and gives developers a good performance target. Personally though, I find Samsung phones too expensive and dislike the Iphone-ish design.
  • N.Broekhuijsen
    And this from a company that doesn't run like a 'cult', 'lifestyle', 'religion', or any other sick marketing. Just plain fair business, no abuse of customers that were jailed into an ecosystem.

    Damn good work folks. :)
  • silverblue
    jdamon113Though I don't agree with vkg1, South Korea are hardly communist.

    AMD being purchased by Samsung would be very interesting indeed, albeit unlikely.
  • rubix_1011
    Edits to this thread. Let's keep it clean; both language and hostility.
  • kawininjazx
    vkg1Korean save from one evil American company at a time. This one probably the worst. Next thing = purchase AMD and use x86 license to destroy Intel too >-) Apple and Intel gone and everything will be free again.
    Destroy Intel and get a slower product from AMD, excellent idea. Overall, AMD's quad core CPUs can't even beat a year and a half old i3, it's sad. Also, I'm not an Apple fan but they make a solid product, I don't forsee the GSIII destroying Apple, though I do see it selling very well.
  • vkg1
    Samsung can do same thing to Intel that it is doing to Apple. Intel is even easier because all that is needed is an x86 license which can be obtained through AMD. The era of these dinosaurs is over.
  • saturnus
    I assume those 100 carriers would be the largest carriers but even if they only get 50% more pre-orders before official launch and thereby goes goes over 13 millions phones on pre-order that will mean that this single model will have more pre-orders than all iPhone models combined.

    That's a smack-down of a major kind, and shows that Samsung going away from designing phones to mimick the iPhone to a large extent was the right decision.