SEOUL, July 27 (Yonhap) -- Samsung Electronics Co., the world's second-largest mobile phone maker, said Wednesday that it has sold more than 5 million units of Galaxy S2 smartphone in about three months since its debut.
The Galaxy S sequel, which is at the center of Samsung's smartphone push this year, was launched in South Korea on April 29 and was released in Japan and some European countries in the following month.
Earlier this week, the smartphone was released in China and it will be launched in the U.S. market next month, the company's mobile president Shin Jong-kyun told reporters last week.
Samsung said earlier this year that it plans to release the Android-based smartphone in 120 countries through 140 mobile carriers, as it aims to sell 10 million units.
Helped by the strong sales of the Galaxy S2, the company is estimated to have shipped nearly 20 million smartphones in the April-June quarter, according to Lee Seung-woo, a Seoul-based Shinyoung Securities analyst.
Samsung will "most certainly" be the top smartphone vendor in the April-June period, BNP Paribas analyst Peter Yu said earlier this month. The company was the world's fourth-largest smartphone supplier in 2010.
Nokia Corp., the world's biggest mobile-phone maker, said that it sold 16.7 million units of smartphones, while Apple Inc. said it sold 20.34 million iPhones in the April-June quarter.
Samsung is scheduled to disclose its earnings for the April-June period on Friday.
The 5 million milestone counts the number of models sold to mobile operators, not the number of the phones activated.