Back in July, we reported that the Samsung Galaxy S II had sold three million units worldwide; an impressive feat for a $900 smartphone with no fruit logo. Barely three months later, the popular 4in Android handset has passed a milestone of 10 million.
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Samsung had previously stated it hoped to sell 10 million Galaxy S II units globally by the end of 2011; an acheivement it has pulled off with more than three months to spare.
“In just five months the Galaxy S II has seen tremendous growth, reflecting its tremendous popularity with customers around the world,” boasted JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business.
"In selecting the Galaxy S II as their device of choice, [they] have driven the device’s strong market position globally."
The Samsung Galaxy S II is an Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone boasting a 1.2GHz dual-core application processor, 4G (HSPA+ 21) connectivity, 1024MB of RAM and a 4.27in Super AMOLED Plus display.
Other noteworthy features include Full HD video recording (1080p), a 3-axis gyroscopic sensor suitable for gaming, an 8MP camera with inbuilt flash and server/client networking functionality with DLNA-certified devices.
Apple ends chip partnership?
In other Samsung news, Apple has purportedly ended its silicone partnership with its smartphone rival according to a report on DigiTimes.
If DigiTime's "industry sources" are to be believed, Samsung will no longer produce chips for Apple, with the latter signing a foundry partnership agreement with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).
As the legal battle between Apple and Samsung continues to rage, TSMC will apply its 28nm and 20nm process technologies to produce Apple's next-generation CPUs.
"TSMC is believed to have quietly secured Apple's contract, and even succeeded in extending the deal to cover the manufacture for the A6's successor", the IT industry news site reports.
If true, the move is expected to leave a $7 billion hole in Samsung's coffers. Hopefully those 10 million Galaxy S II smartphone sales will help to lessen the sting.
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