The Samsung Galaxy S3 in pink. (Photo : Samsung)
Apple's iPhone 5 launched on Friday, September 21, and within three days has already been purchased by five million customers. This makes it even more successful than the iPhone 4S's four-million first-weekend record. Samsung, Apple's key competitor in a mobile market worth nearly $220 billion, according to Bloomberg, has taken note of the iPhone's market share, and is offering an impressive fall lineup to counter Apple's juggernaut.
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To begin with, Samsung is going to offer their flagship phone, the Galaxy S3, in a new color: pink. The pink Galaxy S3 should hit Korean shelves in a week, and would increase the number of colors for the Galaxy S3 to seven versus the iPhone's two colors (black and white). The other six are Marble White, Pebble Blue, Titanium Gray, Amber Brown, Garnet Red, Sapphire Black.
The Galaxy S3 also received the first official rollout of the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean today. Poland gets the initial wave, with release times in other countries varying with region and carrier approval.
Carriers AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular all offer the Galaxy S3 smartphone.
Samsung also still has another ace up its sleeve: the Galaxy Note 2. The massive 5.55-inch phablet will be launching through the same five carriers as the Galaxy S3 in late-October to November. Carrier U.S. Cellular has already begun taking pre-orders on their online store, pricing the 16GB Galaxy Note 2 at $299.99 after instant savings.
The Galaxy Note 2 will feature a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and 4G LTE. It will come with the S Pen stylus.
International markets should see their unlocked, SIM-free Galaxy Note 2 in mid-October.
Samsung also recently released a Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet to counter the Apple iPad, and could possibly be launching a smaller, 4-inch Galaxy S3 Mini before the end of 2012. To counter the iPod, Samsung even has a Galaxy Player.