Samsung Galaxy SIII to Launch in Five U.S Carriers, Has Huge Shoes to Fill
By: Hillel Fuld (@hilzfuld)
Samsung was recently crowned the king of the mobile market, across both smartphones and feature phones. That is a title not many have earned in the past. Yes, Nokia was once king, but only in the feature phone space and as far as smartphones, there have been many kings.
Samsung is selling phones like hotcakes and the sheer number of devices the company manufactures surely has something to do with it. The South Korean consumer electronics giant recently announced that the first Galaxy device combined with the Galaxy SII have sold over 50 million units. 24 million of the original Galaxy and 28 million Galaxy SII devices.
Those are impressive numbers by any standard, but what is, in my opinion, significantly more interesting is that the Samsung Galaxy Note, you know the “awkward” 5.3′ device that everyone said would fail has sold over 7 million units. With the Note, Samsung pretty much invented a new category of devices, being called a “phablet” half-jokingly. If you have spoken to anyone who owns the Note, you would have noticed they all share one thing in common. They love the device. Myself included.
So Samsung has done well for its past three flagship devices, what about the new SIII? Well, according to Samsung, the new SIII has been preordered close to ten million times. But there’s more. Samsung is aiming for the stars and just announced that it is releasing the SIII on five leading U.S carriers. AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular will all sell the new device and it looks like, radio frequency aside, all five will be selling the same exact device.
If you recall, when the original Galaxy launched, there were several versions of the device based on the carrier from which you purchased it. With the SIII, Samsung is unifying the device and they will all have the same hardware inside and out.
As far as the pricing, the SIII will start at $199 but no one really knows what that means as far as the different carriers.
What is for sure, is that given the SIII spec sheet and Samsung’s aggressive marketing of the device, combined with such wide distribution, the sales numbers mentioned above will surely seem like child play when the SIII has its way.
Looks like no one will be taking away Samsung’s crown any time soon and yes, Apple, consider that a challenge.
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