Some ten million Samsung Galaxy S3 handsets will have shipped by the end of July, Samsung forecasts, leaving it well on course to overtake the Galaxy S2 as the company's fastest-selling phone ever.
Shin Jong-kyun, mobile business president at Samsung, predicted that the S3 will hit the landmark figure within two months of release, despite early shortages of the 'pebble blue' edition.
He also forecast that by the end of July the handset will be on sale with almost 300 mobile phone carriers across the globe, after Samsung adopted the same staggered launch model it followed for the S2.
To put the S3’s numbers in some kind of perspective, the S2, which is one of the biggest-selling Android phones so far, took 10 months to rack up sales of 20 million.
Production problems with the blue edition, related to a hyperglaze chemical used to coat the handset’s back panel, meant it did not hit many European carriers and retailers for weeks after the white version officially launched.