Hardware manufacturer Samsung has revealed that it has sold five million of its Galaxy S smartphones, while also taking the wraps off its latest Bada Wave handset.
Of the five million sold since its June release, more than two million were in the US and about one million in Korea. The figures were revealed on the eve of the Galaxy S's Japan release.
"The Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab will deliver true value and enjoyment through immersive, integrative and intelligent consumer experiences," said JK Shin, president and head of the mobile communications business at Samsung Electronics.
"We are very grateful for the fantastic global response we have received for the Galaxy S and I am convinced that the Japanese market will feel the same."
How Samsung's Galaxy Tab tablet will fare against its Apple rival remains to be seen. Apple sold three million iPads in the first 80 days of release, and is, according to various sources, the fastest-selling consumer device ever.
Earlier this week, Colin McGranahan, an analyst at Bernstein Research, said that the tablet had gathered more early investor interest than other gadgets including the iPhone and DVD players.
Separately, Samsung also announced the availability of its Wave II handset. Unlike the Android-based Galaxy, the Wave II is based on Samsung’s own Bada operating system and runs the updated version 1.2.
The Wave II has a 3.7in TFT-LCD screen and offers support for HD viewing and recording. It also promises links into social sites, and includes Samsung's Social Hub, which unites messages and emails in one place.
Samsung did not provide a UK release date, but expects to start selling the handset first in France before rolling it out across other countries.
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