The Korea Economic Daily reports that those 9 million early-bird orders have piled in from 290 phone networks and retailers in 145 different countries, including all the major networks here in the UK. Phones destined for people all around the world who have already parted with their cash, or at least promised to, by pre-ordering the feverishly-anticipated 4.8-inch sequel to the Galaxy S2.
I have the S2 which hit 10 million sales a couple of months after its release, and it seems the S3 will be even more popular.
Not all of those orders are for exactly the same type of the phone, however. In Japan, the quad-core S3 will be shipped as a dual-core model instead, and here in the UK a 32Gb model with a roomier memory is only available on Vodafone for the first month.
I must say at this point just how much the word “pre-order” annoys me. If you’re placing an order, you’re ordering something. It’s one of those awful words that infests the world of technology, like ‘form factor’ or ‘roll-out’ or phone networks using ‘range’ as a verb.
The S3 hits doormats and shop shelves on Wednesday 30 May. I expect there to be quite a wait for people to get there hands on one if you havent already got your name down.