Samsung Galaxy S and S II reaches 30 million sales mark

Hot on the heels of Apple announcing that sales of its iPhone 4S have reached over four million units in just its first three days, its patent enemy Samsung has struck back with its own sales announcements.

Today the company revealed that it has sold 30 million units of its Galaxy S and S II smartphones worldwide since the original Galaxy S was released back in 2010. The Android-based phone has sold nearly 20 million units, more than any other smartphone in Samsung's lineup. Its newer brother, the Galaxy S II, has sold over 10 million units worldwide since launching earlier in 2011. Samsung said it reached that sales number quicker than any other smartphone in the company's history.

Samsung has already attempted to compare the Galaxy S II to Apple's iPhone 4S via a chart released earlier this month. The chart shows that the Galaxy S II has support for true 4G networks such as WiMax (which is supported on the Sprint version of the smartphone), a much larger screen (4.3 and 4.5 inches versus the iPhone 4S's 3.5 inches), a removable battery and the fact that it weighs just 4.3 ounces compared to 4.9 ounces for the iPhone 4S.

These sales numbers come on the heels of Samsung's October 19 announcement where it is expected to reveal the first smartphone that will run natively on Google's Android 4.0 operating system, otherwise known as Ice Cream Sandwich.

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It's just a brilliant phone. It is the only phone I've used, and owned, that I have felt comfortable moving off iPhone for. I maybe a little Android bias, but it really is a brilliant phone.

Chica Ami said,
LOL

Another reason why Samsung sucks.


What? What's the reason? The bigger screen, the lighter weight, removable battery, or the 30 million sales mark? Why does Samsung suck based on the text of the article?

ScottDaMan said,

What? What's the reason? The bigger screen, the lighter weight, removable battery, or the 30 million sales mark? Why does Samsung suck based on the text of the article?

I guess because samsung is releasing better phones than the iphone, they automatically suck. Btw, I wonder who will tell the apple fans what to think, now that steve is gone?

ScottDaMan said,

What? What's the reason? The bigger screen, the lighter weight, removable battery, or the 30 million sales mark? Why does Samsung suck based on the text of the article?

I guess because samsung is releasing better phones than the iphone, they automatically suck. Btw, I wonder who will tell the apple fans what to think, now that steve is gone?

The Gunslinger said,

I guess because samsung is releasing better phones than the iphone, they automatically suck. Btw, I wonder who will tell the apple fans what to think, now that steve is gone?

Apple fans are going to have to change their sexual preference now that Cook is in.

I was at AT&T on saturday and the SGSII caught my attention. As soon as i grabbed it on my hands the thing broke apart to the point that not even the Employee couldn't even put it back together.

JimmyCypherz said,
I was at AT&T on saturday and the SGSII caught my attention. As soon as i grabbed it on my hands the thing broke apart to the point that not even the Employee couldn't even put it back together.

really? really? wtf has this site turned to, but a place for fanboys to talk ish.

Shea J said,

really? really? wtf has this site turned to, but a place for fanboys to talk ish.


Im not talking ish, i was actually interested on the phone, but after that experience i was actually turned off and walked out with no new phone.

JimmyCypherz said,

Im not talking ish, i was actually interested on the phone, but after that experience i was actually turned off and walked out with no new phone.

Well that was probably a big lemon, because my SGS 2 was dropped hard without a case on the floor, and it lives strong. Almost no scratch. iPhone 4s would have shatered right away because of the glass.

2xSilverKnight said,

Well that was probably a big lemon, because my SGS 2 was dropped hard without a case on the floor, and it lives strong. Almost no scratch. iPhone 4s would have shatered right away because of the glass.


Sad thing is it was the display phone and the sales rep walked away with it cause he couldn't put it back together. Agree about the iPhone.

JimmyCypherz said,
I was at AT&T on saturday and the SGSII caught my attention. As soon as i grabbed it on my hands the thing broke apart to the point that not even the Employee couldn't even put it back together.

Humpty Dumpty Troll

i can't wait to get my Samsung Galaxy S and S II , i just need to save a lil more money , no question ask this phone is the killer new iphone4s and is prove of it . is faster and more reliable .

You want to get an S and an SII? It's proven to be more reliable after 3 days? I'm far from an Apple fan, but come on, this is just rubbish.

Cask1 said,

Hmm this "test" might say otherwise.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elKxgsrJFhw

This is a good demonstration of Apple's faux Gorilla Glass not copying one key aspect of the composite design of Gorilla Glass - FLEXIBILITY.

Apple's screen does well on preventing scratches, but is not 'durable' as it doesn't have the flexibility to hold up to impact. The lack of flexibility also makes it easier to scratch, as the screen doesn't bend away from a sharp hard pressure.

Apple got a bit smug on Gorilla Glass and stopped pursuing it when they decided they could engineer a version of it themselves. They were wrong.

Gorilla Glass is beyond impressive, even if you know the base chemical and composition of what it is.

I can remember having a ZuneHD and many times dropping it, stepping on it on concrete with the face down, and once even dropped it and accidentally kicked it, face down on concrete over 10 meters where it met a concrete wall.

I still have that ZuneHD, and the screen still looks brand new.

If anyone is buying a phone, make Gorilla Glass a must feature, even if you have to give up a couple of mp on a camera.

(I wish Microsoft would have enforced the use of it on WP7 devices, as some have it and some don't. )

Andrew Lyle said,
Doesn't Samsung have a track record of fudging their numbers?

Well if they do, it is for their investors to hold them responsible.

Funny though, Apple intentionally misleads on 'numbers' by providing vague numbers and numbers that have to be implied based on revenue, and no body seems to care. (The Pink Unicorn does not exist, we need to hold all to the same standards.)

being the owner of a galaxy s, it's easy to understand why. it's just too bad that AT&T are so slow to release firmware updates...but other than that, it's an awesome smart-phone!

obiwankenobi said,
being the owner of a galaxy s, it's easy to understand why. it's just too bad that AT&T are so slow to release firmware updates...but other than that, it's an awesome smart-phone!

I never use stock carrier firmware, too crappy really, in the same way I'll always re install windows to get rid of all the OEM stuff on a new PC

The SGS is lucky since its such a high profile phone there is sooo much support regarding custom ROMs such as Cyanogen, Darkeys ROM etc. All the custom ROMs add a lot of extra features. On my galaxy 5 the battery life was more than tripped and many improvements made on everything, currently running on 2.3.7! Samsung left it running 2.2

WiMax as with LTE is really only 4G for advertising purposes, I know some organisation has said they can count as 4G but still...

thealexweb said,
WiMax as with LTE is really only 4G for advertising purposes, I know some organisation has said they can count as 4G but still...

True, but techies keep getting caught on this issue, and as an consulting science engineer, even I don't have a good answer for the confusion about 4G

The advertising is grossly inaccurate, and also fails to both sides.

Right now, the technology for 4G 'speeds' doesn't exist, not even in the labs. However there are technologies that are truly 4G based architectures, even though they are barely faster than 3G.

This is where things get confusing, as it starts to slip outside of speeds and latency requirements versus architecture structure of the technology.

HSDPA with Rev 9 can hit 84Mbps, but latency can still be bad, and it is TECHNICALLY a 3G technology architecture. So you have Carriers like TMobile and ATT calling it 3G+ then 3.5G and now 4G.

Yet HSDPA is still a 3G technology. Which also is unfair, as it can be and sometimes is faster than LTE offerings, yet LTE it is a 4G architectural design and has more right to the 4G tag.

HSDPA doesn't handle latency or loads as well as LTE or WiMax, but it is still better than what we think of as 3G, and yet technically will never be 4G even if it starts offering OC-192 speeds because 'technically' it is a 3G technology architecture.

So this is where it gets crazy, as we are no longer just looking at speeds.

LTE is designed to ramp up, hence the name 'long term evolution', and is not a 3G architecture, because even at slow speeds the latency and delivery requirements are designed on 4G.

So as computer scientists, what do we do?

We can't truly control the marketing of companies, and it is not completely fair to make carriers use the 3G+ for HSDPA either because it is misleading to customers that could get faster rates on current HSDPA than LTE devices.

LTE A is where 4G comes to fruition, and we just are not there yet, and like the 2.5G days, it is a bit messy right now.

So even all the technology 'level' vs 'speed' rates between the technologies and 3G and 4G, there are bigger issues that also get skipped over.

Cellular companies are capping speeds when users hit threshold, so even today's HDSPA and LTE in use can pop these limits in a few minutes if not seconds as LTE A gets closer.

So 4G to 99% of the users today is worthless, even fast 3G is worthless.

On my personal and very much 3G CDMA/EvO phone, without tethering, I hit several GBs of data every month.

On our faster business phones that have WiMax and HSDPA and LTE, if it wasn't for our insane costs and deals with carriers, we would pop our limits in under a day.

So until the caps go away or are brought into 4G ranges, it is a moot point, as getting a 100KB email 10 times faster is not something users are going to notice. Besides YouTube videos will still often 'buffer' even on a OC-48 connection because Google leaves YouTube horribly starved, and the YouTube streaming server technology is rather bad.)