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Galaxy family lags behind only the iPhone, which has moved over 100 million units over its lifetime.

Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (SEO 005930) appears to have passed Apple in total smartphone sales to become the world's top smartphone manufacturer.  Key to that effort has been Google Inc.'s (GOOG) popular Linux-based Android operating system.  And leading Samsung's smartphone lineup is the flagship Galaxy S II, which comes in several variants [1][2].

The company has just announced that its global sales of the Galaxy S II and its predecessor, the Galaxy S, have hit 30 million.  The company also recently proclaimed the Galaxy S II to be its fastest selling smartphone ever, moving 3 million units in 55 days.  

Last month Galaxy S II sales hit 10 million, despite weak U.S. carrier support early on.

Launching in April in Samsung's home country of South Korea, the handset reached sales of 1 million in a month and 3 million in 55 days, exclusively within the Korean market.  By July, Samsung had moved 5 million Galaxy S II smartphones, as sales had expanded to include European and Japanese carriers.

The Samsung Galaxy S II

On September 16 Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) launched the Epic 4G Touch for $199.99 with two year contract, helping propel Samsung's sales higher.  And this month AT&T, Inc. (T) finally released a Galaxy S II on October 2 for $199.99 with two-year contract.  Last week Deutsche Telekom AG's (ETR:DTE) T-Mobile USA received the model, priced at $229.99 with two-year contract.  Now, of the major carriers in the lucrative U.S. market, only Verizon Communications Inc.'s (VZ) is leaving customers out in the cold, when it comes to Galaxy S II loving.

Samsung is growing faster than Apple, Inc. (AAPL), but its flagship Galaxy S franchise still has a ways to go in order to top Apple's single family sales record.  As of calendar Q2 2011, the iPhone had sold approximately 100 million units worldwide [source].  Of course the iPhone had a three year head start in sales, with the original Galaxy S only launching last June (2010).

Apple hopes to stifle the success of the Galaxy S family, with its slew of international lawsuits [1][2][3][4] [5][6][7][8] which seek to ban sales of the popular phone.

In related news Samsung is expected to officially unveil its latest super-smartphone, the Nexus Prime, tomorrow.  The launch was delayed out of respect for the passing of Apple co-founder Steven P. Jobs.  Some argue that Samsung actually made the move not out of respect, but in order to avoid competing with news of the death, which swept the media by storm.

Source: Samsung via BGR

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RE: "Single Family"
By michael2k on 10/18/2011 12:05:59 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think that changes much at all. The number "drops" to 75m units if you ignore the original and 3G iPhone (the 3GS, 4, and 4S are all very similar), which means of course that we're back to the 100m number in probably the next month.

In other words, Apple is now selling in a quarter what used to take two years!

RE: "Single Family"
By adiposity on 10/18/2011 12:20:21 PM , Rating: 2
If there were families, I would break them down:

iPhone 3G/iPhone 3GS
iPhone 4/4S

The 3G could possibly be grouped with the original iPhone instead of the 3GS, since it is a lot slower, but it is in the new form factor of the 3GS.

I don't agree that 3GS is similar to iPhone 4, except in the sense that all iPhones are somewhat similar. The iPhone 4 was a significant change, in form factor, and specs.

Obviously, it's semantics, but my point is, you can't compare all iPhones sold to anything out there, because everyone but Apple is changing their name with every new phone (Sammy reused it once, but we'll see if that continues).

RE: "Single Family"
By michael2k on 10/18/2011 1:42:36 PM , Rating: 3
There's a generational gap in SoC between the 3G and 3GS.

Between the 3GS and 4 there's only a 200MHz clock difference and a largely identical CPU and GPU.

There is the same generational gap between 4 and 4S (two cores instead of one, 25% improvement at the same clock and core count).

iPhone + iPhone 3G
iPhone 3GS + iPhone 4
iPhone 4S + iPhone X

RE: "Single Family"
By adiposity on 10/18/2011 4:02:21 PM , Rating: 2
That's a fair way of grouping it, too. However, I wouldn't put 3GS and 4 in the same category, based on the different displays.

Like I say, there's more than one way of grouping it, but 3G/3GS are quite similar except under the hood. Same with 4/4S. IMO, the "ticks' are form factor, the "tocks" are power related--but you could go the other way, too.

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