Samsung executive: 9 million pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S III
does not include the U.S. market where the phone is not expected to launch until next month. Once you add in the States, the sequel is going to be putting up some very impressive numbers. The anonymous Samsung official said that the pre-orders for the Galaxy S III came from 290 mobile operators from 145 countries throughout the world. The pre-order total compares with 1 million units pre-ordered for the Samsung Galaxy S when it was launched in 2010, and 3 million units pre-ordered for the Samsung Galaxy S II last year.
The Samsung Galaxy S III is set to rollout globally at the end of this month with the aforementioned U.S. launch set for sometime in June. The U.S. is one of three markets that will get an LTE compatible version of the phone with the other two locations, Japan and Korea, getting their units sometime this summer. While the international version of the phone is powered by a quad-core 1.4GHz exynos processor, the U.S. bound models will most likely feature a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. The Verizon variant of the phone was apparently tested on the Nenamark Benchmark website and had the S4 under the hood.
source: KoreaEconomicDaily (translated) via AndroidCentral