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Samsung Sells 5 Million Galaxy S II Smartphones

"Superphone" selling at an average clip of 59,000 units per day, even before U.S. launch.

Samsung announced the Galaxy S II earlier this year and the smartphone went on sale in South Korea at the end of April, followed by Japan and Europe in May. Samsung said recently that this new phone has sold 5 million units in the first 85 days it has been available. That's an average of 59,000 Galaxy S IIs being sold every day.

"Since being launched into the retail market in late April, the Galaxy S II has seen tremendous growth," JK Shin, head of Samsung’s mobile communications business, said in a statement.

Samsung released the Galaxy S II in China this week, and plans to launch it in the United States starting in August, the company's mobile president Shin Jong-kyun told reporters last week.

Samsung said earlier this year that it plans to release the Android-based smartphone in 120 countries through 140 mobile carriers, as it aims to sell 10 million units. Samsung's goal is certainly attainable, given that it took less than three months to get halfway there.

The Galaxy S II is extremely thin at 8.49mm, and it uses the latest Super AMOLED-plus technology for its 4.27-inch display. It has quad-band GSM/EDGE and quad-band HSPA at 21 Mbps, Bluetooth 3.0 HS, GPS, Wi-Fi, and FM with RDS radios, and a dual-core 1GHz processor.

The S II's main camera captures 8 megapixels, full 1080p HD video and has auto-focus and a flash. The secondary camera has 2 megapixels. Media can be shared via DLNA, an the S II will come with either 16 GB or 32 GB of onboard storage, in addition to a slot for microSD cards up to 32 GB.

The S II runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and includes a number of Samsung software elements, such as TouchWiz, Social Hub, Media Hub, Readers Hub, and Game Hub. The S II features a new, customizable live panel, which users can use to pull down Web content, such as RSS feeds.

Samsung has added business-centric features, too, such as device encryption; Cisco's VPN, WebEx, and VoIP software; and Sybase's Afaria device manager. It comes with support for a near-field communication (NFC) chip, but this option would need to be selected by network operators selling the device. It is possible that U.S. network operators will ship the S II with NFC activated, especially since they are closer to deploying mobile payment services.

None of the U.S. operators has announced definite plans to offer this phone, but it wouldn't be a stretch to assume that it will be sold by all four of the major carriers. The problem is, by the time the phone goes on sale in the U.S., it will be six months old. Samsung first announced this device at Mobile World Congress back in February. With so many Android smartphones flooding the market--including some solid entries from Samsung--it's not clear where the S II will sit in the line-ups of AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless.

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