Jan 19 AT 2:55 PM Nick Gray 31 Comments

Ten percent of all South Koreans own a Samsung Galaxy S II


Apple’s iPhone 4S may dominate sales in the US, but it looks like Samsung’s Galaxy S II has established full dominance in Samsung’s home market. Samsung has just announced that they have sold five million Galaxy S II’s in South Korea since the phone’s late April debut. To put that into perspective, more than one in ten South Koreans (current population estimates hover around 48 million) are walking around with a Galaxy S II in their hand.

What’s even more impressive is that the Samsung Galaxy S II accounts for 1 in 4 of all smartphones sold in the country and has helped Samsung recure an impressive 53% market share of South Korea’s smartphone sales. The hope is that other Android manufacturers will notice the tremendous success that can be achieved with a single Android phone and replicate Samsung’s business strategy of delivering only one or two true flagship devices per year rather than flooding the market with dozens of iterative handset.

There’s no doubt that consumers are loving what Samsung is doing with Android. Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy S III at Mobile World Congress in a few short weeks. We’re not exactly sure what they have planned, but Samsung’s track record leads us to beleive that the new device will be even more successful than last year’s Galaxy S II.

Via: Sammy Hub

Source: Samsung

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • spazby

    What a great phone (s)

    • Jeff Pan

      Yes true! Waiting for Galaxy S 3 Yay!

  • Oskar Wismierski

    South Koreans are smart people.. :P

    • David

      Very “smart” indeed. And let’s not forget about the amazing telecom infrastructure, which puts all those korean galaxies to good use!

      • damambt

        Did a tour out there for 12 months. Pretty cool peeps.

        • raichleb

          Amen. When I first served in Korea (1978) it was a common site to see a farmer walking behind his ox, plowing his rice field. I watched that country grew until my last trip in 1989. Now, my wife and I both drive Hyundais and carry Samsung cell phones. Pretty amazing.

    • Gabe

      Duh.. They is asian.. They suppose to be smart.. Unlike Americans… :P

  • damon martin

    I got an S II the day it launched in the states. I’m usually not a tech fan boy, but this quite possibly the best phone I’ve ever owned. And when it gets ICS, it will be even better.

    • GeauxLSU

      Let’s hope Samsung improves on their past history of slow updates.

      • Eli

        I second that, they tend to release more models and slow on the updates-still waiting for Galaxy Tab 7″ to get one

      • http://www.ndroidgamers.com B2L

        What is this past history of slow updates you’re talking about? Galaxy S or Behold 2? If you are confusing the Galaxy S for having a slow update period, you can go ahead and blame your carrier for that. (The international version got updated pretty quickly.) Now the Behold II was a different situation, but other than that one device, Samsung has been one of the fastest OEM’s to release updates. Samsung had several phones that were able to get Gingerbread before most other manufacturers were even close to updating their flagship devices.

        People need to learn to do some research before spreading rumors like this. The whole matter of Samsung being slow to update devices, has been greatly misconstrued.

  • Ethanmc12

    Although this is a good story. Why would you put a picture of the T-mobile version as the cover? Come on that’s just lazy

    • R.S

      Who cares?!

      The title says “Ten percent of all South Koreans own a Galaxy S II” not own THIS Galaxy S II model.

  • Orion78

    The carriers better get with Samsung quick and try to get the Galaxy S III out earlier this year. Not 5-6 months later.

  • James

    expect the same for the galaxy s3


  • droilfade

    Wow….this is truly amazing! I wonder what kind of marketing strategies are employed in Korea…


    Touchwiz or not, best phone I’ve ever had. This phone is going to be scary with ics.

    • Paul

      I have to say, I was not a fan of touchwiz but it’s not nearly that intrusive anymore. On my Galaxy S II Touchwiz is ‘ok’. Combined with a 3rd party home-launcher (goLauncher) and TouchWiz is barely noticeable but not in a bad way, adding icons to the notification bar (like CyanogenMod), the colored menu items in settings, etc. not intrusive at all. It’s not bad. I’d take it of MotoBlur any day of the weak. I used to like SenseUI until I saw how many APK’s and stuff they loaded, it’s too heavy a mod vs Touch TouchWiz’s light and fluffy mods.

  • DroidPower

    Definitely can’t wait to see what they’re doing with the III.

  • aranea

    So that means Samsung should buckle up and deliver updates to their customers or risk loosing them.

    • Trinhbo

      Risk losing them? Doubtful. People said that with each of their previous but each successive product is more successful. Most consumers don’t know about the lack of updates or care. As long as the phones continue to have great screens, fast performance, etc, it’ll continue to sell well.

      • aranea

        Well then why are there a lot of people complaining about not getting ICS on their Galas S’s? If you can find that post earlier on this site you’ll see that Samsung refusing to bring ICS to Galaxy S while Nexus with the same hardware could get it.

        • elking

          Whether it is getting ICS sooner or later is unimportant. The fact is, The GS2 is one of the best phones ever made period.

  • Richard Yarrell

    Samsung has done well to android no doubt. Lets see how much better this journey gets…

  • Hall Lo

    Its not surprising… most of my Korean friends are having either the Galaxy S2 or the Galaxy Note :/

  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    So excited to see what the GSIII has in store for us!

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=583695634&ref=profile Rahul Singh

    Awesome phone.. I have the Galaxy-S Vibrant and I am waiting on Galaxy-S III.. I hope it comes out soon.

  • GE 918

    Luv i!!!!!!!

  • Louis A

    Damn, it just looks like they told the people of South Korea that it’s Samsung or nothing haha lol

  • Stella

    I can’t wait to see what Samsung does for the Galaxy III. I’ve had hands on with the Galaxy II (friend’s phone) and love it.

  • donger

    those koreans sure do like those s2.