Samsung is clearly happy to brag that it has now sold over 10 million units of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S II. The Android-based model debuted in Europe in the springtime and is now starting to roll out in the U.S.
JK Shin, President of Samsung's Mobile Communications Business, took the lead in the crowing. "In just five months the Galaxy S II has seen tremendous growth, reflecting its tremendous popularity with customers around the world."
Some consumers, when shoping for a a phone, partially base their decision on how many other people have bought each of the products they are considering. Based on its sheer popularity, this group should consider this high-end device from Samsung.
That said, this device faces tough competition. The most obvious example is the Apple iPhone 5, which is expected to debut next month. Other Android-based handsets with similar feature sets include Verizon's Motorola Droid Bionic, Sprint's Motorola Photon 4G, and the HTC Sensation 4G from T-Mobile.
Up, Up, and Away
In mid-summer, the Galaxy S II passed the 5 million mark. Two months later it has doubled that. Part of this growth comes from the U.S. debut of this model -- Sprint became the first carrier in this country to introduce a version over a week ago. The carrier decided to re-name it though, so this version is called the Samsung Epic 4G Touch.
AT&T is going to launch its own version on Oct. 2, and this won't be renamed. It is going to be resized, however -- AT&T will offer a device that has the same internal configuration, but with a 4.2-inch touchscreen instead of the standard 4.5-inch one.
T-Mobile also plans to come out with a version later this year. Verizon, alone of the Big 4 U.S. carriers, decided to pass on this handset.
More Details on the Samsung Galaxy S II
One of the stand-out features of the Galaxy S II -- no matter what name it goes under -- is its WVGA (800 x 480) touchscreen, which uses Samsung's internally-developed Super AMOLED Plus technology. Jen Edwards, in Brighthand's preliminary review of the Epic 4G Touch, said this display is "sharp and clear, with truly vibrant colors and not a hint of a pixel anywhere that I could see."
Other highlights include a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 4G wireless networking, Wi-Fi, and two cameras: 8 megapixel on the back and a lower-resolution one on the front for video conferencing. The Galaxy S II runs the latest version of Google's Android OS for smartphones.
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