A handout photo released by Samsung Electronics on May 4, 2012 shows the company's latest smartphone, the Galaxy S3. – AFP

SEOUL: South Korea's Samsung Electronics, the world's top smartphone maker, has sold more than 10 million units of its newest Galaxy S III model since its launch about two months ago, a report said Sunday.

The company said earlier this month it expected a record operating profit of 6.7 trillion won ($5.9 billion) in the second quarter, boosted by strong sales of its flagship Galaxy smartphones.

The Korean firm, which is battling with Apple's iPhone and iPad for supremacy in the lucrative smartphone and tablet market, has seen heavy demand for its new Galaxy S III phone, which was introduced in Europe in May.

“It appears that it (accumulated sales) has exceeded 10 million units,”said J.K. Shin, head of the Samsung's mobile communications division, according to Yonhap news agency.

Shin said last month he expected the global sales of the new phone - available in more than 140 countries - would surpass 10 million by the end of July, including sales of about a million units at home.

The third version of the firm's Galaxy S series offers face-recognition technology and improved voice-activated controls as well as a more powerful processor.

It also has a 4.8-inch (12.2-centimetre) screen that is 22 percent larger than the previous S2 version, while it can detect eye movements and override the automatic shutdown if the user is looking at the screen.

Samsung shipped 44.5 million smartphones in the first quarter, exceeding the 35.1 million of US arch-rival Apple, according to market researcher Strategy Analytics in April.

Samsung, embroiled in a slew of patent suits with Apple in international courts, is pinning its hopes on the S III to further erode its market share before the expected new version of Apple's iPhone 5 this year.

Earlier this month, Samsung won one of those patent battles, with a British judge ruling that Samsung's Galaxy tablet did not infringe Apple's registered design and that consumers were not likely to confuse it with the iPad tablet.


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Rasim Khan
July 22, 2012 10:51 pm
Consumers in Pakistan are happy to get the technology on cheap price as compare to iPhone. SAMSUNG is now beat Nokia, was a monoply in pakistani markets without any major competater
Dilawer A.
July 23, 2012 5:38 am
I have a Samsung Note phone and I am absolutely in love with my phone. It has large AMOLED screen with bright vibrant colors and the best app is S-Note.
noornooraala
July 23, 2012 6:30 am
i am keen interested in S 3
nyla
July 23, 2012 7:27 am
hi No doubt Samsung is coming up with great features and applications, its really smooth, especially th e galaxy S3 , though its expensive but is an expensive phone. http://goo.gl/7CKrk
TechGuru
July 23, 2012 8:17 am
Nokia sells 8 lakh phone everymonth in Pakistan. Sasmung sells 30,000. Samsung is noweher compared to Nokia in Pakistan and developing countries.
Ehsan
July 24, 2012 8:27 am
Hi, I've been using various Samsung smart phones lately and though I was a little sceptical at first but now having used them I'm a fan :) They're coming up great features and all ;)
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