Just a couple of days after finding out that the Galaxy Note “phablet” has hit a whopping five million sales in just five short months, we now have another set of impressive Samsung figures to talk about.
On one hand, according to Eldar Murtazin, a very well-known technology journalist and blogger, cited by the guys at UnwiredView, the Galaxy S III, Sammy’s future flagship, has already hit a whopping 10 million pre-ordered units.
That may not seem an awful lot, when Apple sold 1.7 million iPhone 4S devices in just three days of availability, but you should keep in mind that the Galaxy S III still doesn’t have one single spec or feature officially confirmed.
We also have no idea for the time being how will the handheld look, what kind of screen it will sport, and how it will be priced, so for Samsung to already receive 10 million pre-orders is pretty awesome. I mean, we have had a bunch of rumors, speculations, leaked images and these kinds of things lately, but, for Pete’s sake, we don’t even know for sure if the S3 will run Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box.
Sure, the number has to be looked at with care, as it’s far from being an official one, but I personally think that the information is at least partially true and accurate. I mean, we might not be looking at exactly 10 million S3s pre-ordered by now, but even four or five million would be impressive enough in my view.
The second piece of news comes from Strategy Analytics, one of the most recognized global research and consulting firm, who has told the guys at EE Times Korea that Samsung will most likely reach and even top 40 million smartphones shipped in Q1 2012 (which ends today).
That much we knew, or at least suspected a couple of days back, but what we didn’t know is that a big chunk of the 40 million or more figure comes from Galaxy Y sales. That’s right, those raggedy entry-level smartphones with poor screens, 2 MP cameras, and 800 MHz processors are big hits in emerging markets like Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, or South America.
No less than 1.75 million such devices are apparently being shipped on average every month all around the globe, and, while they’re not as expensive as the Galaxy S II or Galaxy Note, they still bring Sammy a considerable amount of cash.
So, we (possibly) have 10 million S3s already pre-ordered, 1.75 million Galaxy Ys being shipped every month, at least five million Galaxy Notes to be sold during the following couple of months (according to estimates), as well as millions of Galaxy S2s, and so on and so forth.
Can we therefore expect Samsung to top 50 million smartphone sales in Q2 2012, as estimates made by ET News predicted a couple of days ago? Definitely, as far as I’m concerned, with, of course, one condition. The Galaxy S III has to hit stores by the beginning of June. If it won’t, though, it will surely come in time for Samsung to have an impressive Q3, so all in all the Korean-based electronics giant can’t possibly lose.
On the other hand, I find myself in the position to once again urge my readers to not rely on rumors and speculations so much and to wait for products to hit the market and be thoroughly tested before getting overly excited. I mean, there’s still a chance that the Galaxy S3 will be a disappointing follower to one of the best Android smartphones ever, and, if that will happen, Sammy will certainly start losing momentum by the day.
Before something like that happens, though, we should hope for the best and once again bow before what certainly is the most popular and successful Android smartphone manufacturer right now. Congrats, Samsung, and keep up the good work!