With the US launch of the Galaxy SII phone underway, Samsung today announced that they have sold 10 million Galaxy SII devices into sales channels.  That follows hints earlier that the 10 million number was expected by the end of the year.

Samsung GALAXY S II (Model: GT-I9100) has achieved 10 million global channel sales, doubling from five million in just eight weeks.

Sprint was the first to launch the Galaxy SII in the US last week and AT&T’s version, which is likely already stocked, launches in the coming week.  Both are amazing phones which will do well going into the holidays.  T-Mobile’s version, which will run on its 42Mbps HSPA+ network is in the pipeline.  Meanwhile, Verizon has passed on the Galaxy SII, likely in favor of the 720P Droid Prime, which is rumored for October.

As anyone with a device that starts with ‘i’ will tell you until they are blue in the face, channel sales doesn’t equal end user sales. That being said, it is the industry standard way manufacturers, including Apple, measure sales.  And, having played with both Sprint and AT&T’s version of the phones, I don’t foresee any problem with these things flying off the shelves.

The 10 million sales number is even more impressive when you consider that the SII is the very high end of Samsung’s robust line of Android devices.  These sell for as much if not more than the iPhone and other high end devices. Galaxy S, R, W, and about 20 other Android models continue to sell well.

Samsung also announced that it expects to sell around 10 million tablets in 2011 as well.

Full Press release follows:

Samsung GALAXY S II continues success reaching 10 Million in global sales

Global popularity with customers drives momentum for Samsung’s flagship smartphone

SEOUL, Korea – September 25th, 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced that the Samsung GALAXY S II (Model: GT-I9100) has achieved 10 million global channel sales, doubling from five million in just eight weeks.

The GALAXY S II is Samsung’s flagship smartphone device – a beautifully thin (8.49mm) and lightweight dual-core smartphone that combines an unmatched Super AMOLED Plus viewing experience with powerful performance, all on Android, the world’s fastest-growing mobile operating system. The next generation smartphone also includes Samsung’s four content and entertainment hubs, seamlessly integrated to provide instant access to music, games, e-reading and social networking services.

“Since its launch in late April 2011, the GALAXY S II has seen continued sales success, demonstrating Samsung’s industry-leading capabilities in – and commitment to – the smartphone market” said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business.

“In just five months the GALAXY S II has seen tremendous growth, reflecting its tremendous popularity with customers around the world, who in selecting the GALAXY S II as their device of choice have driven the device’s strong market position globally.”

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2010 consolidated sales of US$135.8 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company consists of nine independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Memory, System LSI and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, semiconductor chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

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