Samsung iPhone 5 Rival Hits 3 Million Pre-orders

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The Galaxy S II Android-based smartphone has hit another major milestone as Samsung announced that it had taken pre-orders of more than three million units worldwide as of the 30th of April.

More than 120,000 of them were sold on the first day in Korea, and sales are likely to be even higher once the phone goes on sale in the 120 countries and territories earmarked by Samsung.

The company is confident that it will ship 10 million Galaxy S II phones by the end of the year, far short of Apple's iPhone 4 (or 5) but certainly good enough to occupy a significant share at the very top end of the smartphone market.

Apple took preorders of 600,000 units last June when the iPhone 4 launched and went on to sell more than 1.7 milllion units in the first weekend.

The Galaxy S II was only unveiled in February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and has, like its tablet equivalent, even been upgraded once since.

It comes with 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a dual core Samsung Exynos chip running at 1.2GHz and based on the Cortex A9, a massive 4.3-inch WVGA Super AMOLED plus capacitive display, a two-megapixel front facing camera with an eight-megapixel rear one, all packed in a chassis only 8.5-mm thick.

The handset can be purchased from O2 for as little as £399 when you go for their cheapest 24 month contract.