Wondering if Samsung (005930) can really live up to the hype and repeat the success of the Galaxy S II with its latest flagship smartphone? The South Korea-based consumer electronics giant on Thursday announced that sales of the Galaxy S III smartphone topped 20 million in just 100 days, crushing the pace it set with its previous-generation flagship series — the Galaxy S II took about 10 months for sales to reach 20 million units. Samsung also released regional sales figures, stating that it has sold 4 million Galaxy S III handsets in North America so far, 6 million in Europe, 4.5 million in Asia and 2.5 million in Korea. Samsung’s press release follows below.

Samsung GALAXY S III Reaches 20 Million Sales Milestone in Record Time

Ergonomic design, user-friendly features, and the latest technologies drive
record-breaking success for Samsung’s flagship smartphone

SEOUL, Korea—September 6, 2012—Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced that the GALAXY S III smartphone has achieved 20 million unit sales in just 100 days since its debut in May 2012. As Samsung’s most successful smartphone to date, the GALAXY S III has set a new record, generating sales quicker than any of its predecessors.

Designed for humans and inspired by nature, the GALAXY S III is a revolutionary smartphone that delivers a uniquely personalized and intuitive user experience. It includes a generous 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED display for a stunning viewing experience, and a variety of powerful camera features that ensure all moments are captured easily and instantly. Samsung GALAXY S III uses intelligent software that responds interactively to your face, gestures and voice. It also sports a range of additional features that boost performance and the overall user experience in entirely new ways, including Smart Stay, S Beam and AllShare Cast.

“The GALAXY S III has enjoyed tremendous attention and popularity since its launch in May, and we are thrilled with its success,” said JK Shin, President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “I would like to express my sincere appreciation to customers who have chosen the GALAXY S III. We will never stop providing the latest smart mobile technologies to help users live a life extraordinary.”

Following the successful launch of the GALAXY S III, the stylish device will be available in a variety of colors; *Amber Brown, *Garnet Red, *Sapphire Black and *Titanium Gray in addition to Pebble Blue and Marble White.

* Availability of colors will vary depending on the country and carrier/retailer.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.