updated 11:55 pm EST, Wed February 22, 2012
Samsung Galaxy S II hits next big milestone
Samsung notched another milestone for the Galaxy S II late Wednesday after it said the range-leading phone passed 20 million sold. The figure came about 10 months after launch and showed Samsung keeping a steady rate of sales, having reached 10 million five months after the April 2011 arrival. Hitting 20 million still took about seven months less than it did for the original Galaxy S.
Together, the S and S II have now reached 40 million in sales, Samsung said. The mention was a clue that Galaxy S sales quickly tapered off last fall, since the 30 million mark from October included the same 20 million Galaxy S devices.
The figures show that the Galaxy S II is still one of Samsung's important phones, but at a constant rate of two million per month, the device is no longer the cornerstone of its lineup. Samsung is believed to have shipped about 35 million smartphones last fall, considerably more than in previous quarters, and so would have been leaning more on lower-end devices like the Galaxy Ace.
Apple may have managed to overtake Samsung's Galaxy S II sales in one quarter. Most of the 37 million iPhones shipped in the fall alone were the iPhone 4S. In tandem with the first two months of 2012 counted by Samsung, Apple is likely to have taken no more than five and as few as three months to equal the Galaxy S II's lifetime sales.