Samsung sells 30 million Galaxy S III smartphones since its launch in May

Telecom Lead Asia: Cell phone major Samsung Electronics has sold 30 million Galaxy S III smartphones since its launch in May.

“The Galaxy S III continues to be a runaway favorite with customers around the world,” JK Shin, head of Samsung’s IT and mobile communications division, said in a statement.

The third version of the Galaxy S series’ processor enables users to watch video and write emails simultaneously as well as a large 4.8-inch (12.2-cm) screen.

The achievement is despite the recent patent battle with US rival Apple in 10 countries, including the United States and Germany.

In August this year, Samsung was ordered to pay Apple $1.05 billion in damages for illegally copying iPhone and iPad features for its Galaxy S smartphones, but a Japanese court later rejected Apple’s claim that Samsung stole its technology.

Recently, reported that encouraged by Q3 2012 financial performance, Samsung is more confident in selling smartphones and tablets in the next quarter than Apple.

The October-November-December quarter is fourth quarter for Samsung and first quarter for Apple. But both of them depend on this holiday season. The success will depend on new products for both Apple and Samsung. The recent patent issue may affect Samsung’s sales in the U.S.

Samsung is leading the smartphone market, according to IDC. Nokia is not in top 5 smartphone vendor list. Samsung, Apple, Research In Motion, ZTE and HTC are the top 5 smartphone makers in Q3 2012.

IDC said the global mobile phone market grew 2.4 percent in third quarter of 2012 (3Q12). Phone vendors shipped 444.5 million mobile phones in 3Q12 compared to 434.1 million units in the third quarter of 2011.

Smartphone vendors shipped 179.7 million units in 3Q12 compared to 123.7 million units in 3Q11.

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