Samsung: We've Sold 5 Million Galaxy S Smartphones Worldwide

In a press release announcing the Galaxy S smartphone launch in Japan, Samsung let it be known that it's now sold over 5 million Galaxy S devices worldwide, most of which have shipped to the United States. Americans have so far devoured more than 2 million Galaxy S phones in the past three months, while more than 1 million units have shipped to Korea, Samsung said.

That's a lot of smartphones, though still sort of the runaway success known as the iPhone, janky antennae and all. To put the numbers into perspective, Apple managed to ship 3 million iPhone 4 devices in the first month of sales, and 8.4 million iPhones in all during Apple's third fiscal quarter, which ended June 26th.

Even still, Samsung is correct to call its flagship Galaxy S a "phenomenal success in the global smartphone market," which has been well received for its speedy 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 4-inch Super AMOLED display, and of course Google's Android platform (it will ship with Android 2.2 "Froyo" in Japan). Samsung also did itself a favor by creating different versions of the Galaxy S for various wireless carriers, rather than goof around with exclusivity agreements.