Three million pre-orders for the Galaxy S II: Samsung

Samsung claims three million of its Galaxy S II Android phones have been pre-ordered globally

Samsung's Galaxy S II Android phone

Samsung's Galaxy S II Android phone

Samsung's Galaxy S II Android phone is currently receiving some fantastic reviews from experts around the world, and the hype seems to have done Samsung plenty of favours — it claims three million Galaxy S II devices have been pre-ordered globally.

Check out our Samsung Galaxy S II vs. Apple iPhone 4 smartphone showdown, and read our original Samsung Galaxy S review.

Of course, this number is not a reflection of units sold, but rather models that have been ordered by telcos across the world. Regardless of the finer details, it's clearly an impressive number. Samsung has also claimed it sold 120,000 Galaxy S II's in the first few days in Korea alone — we suspect the company will be revising its earlier prediction that it will ship 10 million Galaxy S II phones in 2011.

The Samsung Galaxy S II Android smartphone is set to be launched in Australia later this month. It has a 4.3in Super AMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 800x480, an 8-megapixel rear camera that doubles as a 1080p HD video recorder, and a 2-megapixel front camera for video calls. The Galaxy S II is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory, along with a microSD card slot for extra storage.

Perhaps the best feature of the Samsung Galaxy S II Android phone is its design; this smartphone is just 8.49mm thick, making it thinner than the iPhone 4 and likely the thinnest smartphone in the world. Although it features an all-plastic design like its predecessor, the Galaxy S II has an attractive carbon-like finish on its rear battery cover.

The Samsung Galaxy S II Android phone runs the 2.3 Gingerbread version of Google's Android platform, and features Samsung's TouchWiz 4.0 UI overlay. Samsung exclusive features include social hub, readers hub, game hub and music hub, while enhanced corporate and security functions include the implementation of Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, on-device encryption and Cisco's AnyConnect VPN client.

The Samsung Galaxy S II Android phone is likely to be available in Australia through all Australian mobile networks; Telstra, Optus and Vodafone. Pricing has yet to be announced.

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