Samsung Electronics, a leading handset maker, announced the launch of a new version of its smartphone Galaxy S in South Korea ahead of its global debut in May.
The world’s second largest phone maker is targeting global sales of more than 10 million units in 2011.
The local debut of the Galaxy S II comes at a time when Samsung is facing a legal tussle with Apple over alleged mobile technology patent infringements and design copy claims. Both Samsung and Apple are competing to gain market share in smart phone segment.
The South Korean company is looking at selling 60 million smartphones globally in 2011. Galaxy S II will be rolled out from May through 140 operators in 120 countries.
Samsung is planning to sell more than 10 million units of the new smartphone this year and is also targeting an over five-fold rise in sales of its Galaxy Tab tablets, said JK Shin, the head of its mobile division of Samsung.
The Galaxy S II uses Samsung’s own dual-core application processors. It is slimmer and has a bigger display than the previous version, which has sold around 14 million units since its launch in June last year, according to news reports.
In South Korea, one of the most lucrative markets for Samsung’s smartphones, it sold about 2 million Galaxy S handsets last year, one-fifth of the global total.
The new product, which is based on Google’s Android operating system, will be sold in South Korea through operators SK Telecom, KT Corp and LG Uplus.
By TelecomLead.com Team