Galaxy S III on fire: Samsung gets 9M pre-orders in two weeks

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Pre-orders for Samsung’s next flagship Android smartphone, the Galaxy S III, have already reached 9 million just two weeks after it was announced. In comparison, the last Galaxy phone took several months to reach 3 million pre-orders.

The early orders come from the more than 100 global wireless carriers that will be offering the phone, Reuters reports. The 9 million figure was divulged to the Korea Economic Times via an unidentified Samsung executive.

The company hasn’t officially acknowledged the amount yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was true.

The Galaxy S III sports a massive 4.8-inch screen with a 720p resolution. Samsung unveiled the phone earlier this month and showed off a Siri competitor, dubbed S Voice, that will function as a digital assistant. It also has eye tracking features, to keep the screen active while you’re viewing it.

Spec-wise, the Galaxy S III features an 8-megapixel rear camera with burst and best-shot modes (similar to HTC’s One series), a huge 2,1000 mAh battery (necessary for that massive screen), NFC, and Bluetooth 4.0. It weighs only 133 grams and is 8.6 millimeters thick. A 3G HSPA+ version of the phone will launch at the end of the month, while a 4G LTE version is coming later this summer. The launch will begin in Europe on May 29th, followed by North America in June, and then Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

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