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Samsung sells 100m Galaxy S phones

Electronics giant Samsung said global sales of its Galaxy S smartphone series have passed 100 million since the first model was launched less than three years ago.

The South Korean firm said it has sold more than 25 million Galaxy S smartphones, 40 million Galaxy S II smartphones and 41 million Galaxy S III smartphones in the last three years.

Samsung rolled out the first Galaxy S model at the end of May 2010, scrambling to catch up with Apple, which was reshaping the market with the iPhone.

Despite being a late entry, Samsung quickly caught up the US firm and became the biggest smartphone maker.

Galaxy S series achieved the 100 million sales milestone faster than Apple's iPhone. It took about four years for Apple to sell more than 100 million iPhones.

Analysts expect Samsung to announce the fourth version of the Galaxy S smartphone before this summer.

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