updated 11:00 pm EDT, Sun May 8, 2011
Samsung Galaxy S II at 3m pre-orders by May
Samsung claimed unprecedented genuine demand for the Galaxy S II on Sunday night. The electronics giant said it had picked up three million pre-orders worldwide for its dual-core Android phone by the end of April, when it went on sale in Korea. Orders were expected to only go up as the phone reached global scale and peaked at 120 countries.
The number suggested pent-up demand beyond just Samsung's home country, where it sold 120,000 of the phones in the first few days. It may force the company to up its forecast for the phone since it had predicted 10 million Galaxy S IIs shipping for the entire year.
Demand is likely to taper off, but at this rate could see Samsung's rapid growth in smartphones continue and threaten companies like Apple. The Galaxy S II has earned much of its early buzz from being the fastest phone to date as well as its 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display.
Its performance could change with the launch of the HTC Sensation by the summer as well as the next iPhone in September.