Even though Samsung stopped divulging exact phone and tablet sales last summer amid competition from Apple, the South Korean consumer electronics conglomerate took to its official blog to announce the flagship Galaxy S II smartphone sold 20 million units globally in 10 months after its release. JK Shin, president and head of Samsung’s mobile unit, announced:

Since its launch in late April 2011, the Galaxy S II has seen tremendous growth reflecting its tremendous popularity with customers around the world. We are thrilled that 20 million customers around the world has enjoyed the smart life Galaxy S II has brought us. We will continue to introduce products to satisfy our customers’ high expectations.

For comparison, Samsung’s Galaxy S sold thus far 22 million units globally. Cumulatively, the company shipped 42 million units of both the Galaxy S and the Galaxy S II. In late September 2011, it announced the 10 million units milestone for the Galaxy S II. As it took Samsung five months to ship its 10 millionth Galaxy S II and another five months to double the figure, one could argue that average monthly performance of the handset is steady.

The announcement comes ahead of Mobile World Congress—an annual pilgrimage for the wireless and mobile industries schedule to run this year from Feb. 27 to March 1 in Spain, Barcelona. The ultra-thin and powerful Galaxy S III will launch at a dedicated event in the first half of the year and not at the MWC show.

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