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Samsung iPhone 5 Rival Sells Three Million Units

Samsung has announced that it has sold three million units of its Galaxy SII Android smartphone, its closest rival so far to the soon-to-be announced iPhone 5, in just 55 days.

The phone has become the fastest selling handset in the history of the company beating the previous record held by its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S which reached that amount in 85 days last year.

Two Galaxy SII smartphones are actually sold every three seconds and more than a third of the handsets have been shipped to South Korea where Samsung's headquarters are based.

And that number doesn't even include figures from the US and Canada where the handset has yet to be launched.

The handset has been available in the UK for a while already and can be had on contracts starting from around £30 with a decent amount of texts, minutes and data allowance. Its price on PAYG or SIM Free has been falling steadily, now being under £500 which is significantly less than the iPhone 4.

It runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, is the thinnest mainstream smartphone on the planet (at 8.5mm), has a superb set of features including a dual core Samsung Exynos 4210 SoC clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a 4.3-inch WVGA Super AMOLED plus screen, an eight-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording and much more.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.