The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been recorded to be the most successful Smartphone of 2012. In fact, in the space of a few months it has overtaken the Galaxy S2 as the biggest selling Android phone of all time. Though its record is nowhere near the Nokia 1100’s gargantuan 250 million sales, it has successfully become the most pre-ordered phone in history racking up well over 10 million pre-orders prior to its release.
All these could be about to change next month as Apple is planning an event on September 12th where it is widely believed that the company will be launching the long awaited iPhone 5, and also a 7 inch iPad. Various sources have also suggested that the long awaited sixth iPhone will go on sale the following Friday (September 21st).
Samsung Launching S3 Mini to Counteract iPhone 5
Apple will be accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 5 the day after its announcement on September 13th 2012, giving their fans 8 days to place their order for the new iPhone before it is released. It is fair to say that all previous iPhone launches have been a major success. People are willing to camp outside stores for days to get the iPhone 5. Every iPhone launch has been even more successful than it’s previous and, although it also lags behind the mighty Nokia 1100, the iPhone 4S has been the biggest selling Smartphone ever released.
If old trends continue, then the iPhone 5 will be even more of a hit than the 4S, and some analysts are already speculating that it could sell well over 250 million, which would result in the iPhone 5 knocking the 2003 Nokia handset from its top spot.
The Galaxy S3 was announced a full month before it went on sale and 2011’s iPhone 4S managed to rack up about 4 million pre-orders over the course of one weekend. Either way, the launch of Apple’s next phone could really have the potential to take the shine off the Galaxy S3 and everything it has achieved this year for Samsung. But Samsung is not going to sit back and let the markets be swamped by iPhone hysteria yet again.
As well as launching a new black Samsung Galaxy S3, to sit alongside the already available blue, white and (in the US) red versions, Samsung is planning two new handsets that will build upon their most popular Android phones released to date.
Samsung is planning to launch a revamped Galaxy S2 in the form of the Galaxy S2 Plus. You may remember that shortly before the launch of the original S2, Samsung had launched the Galaxy S Plus, which itself was an upgraded version of the first Galaxy S.
While many features and specs of the S2 Plus will remain the same as the original Galaxy S2, it will come with a larger 4.5 inch Super AMOLED screen as well as a faster 1.5GHz dual core Exynos processor. It will also run with Android Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box.
But perhaps the more interesting news is the release of the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini. This will be a smaller version of Samsung’s current flagship Android and is likely to have a similar level of features to the iPhone 5 at a much lower price tag.
The S3 Mini’s screen will be much smaller than the S3’s 4.8 inch screen, measuring just 4 inches. Other details about the device are not entirely clear just yet but it will most likely have a less powerful processor and less storage space than the S3, while sharing the majority of the same features.
It looks quite likely that these two new Galaxy phones will be launched at IFA 2012 at the end of this month. The phones will most likely go on sale a couple of weeks later just in time to divert people’s attention away from the iPhone 5.
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