Samsung Electronics Co has received some 9 million pre-orders for Galaxy S-III smartphone from more than 100 global carriers, the Korea Economic Daily reported on Friday. Its flagship phone, unveiled this month, will first go on sale on May 29 in Germany before being rolled out to other countries.
The company’s smartphone factory in South Korea was reportedly running at its full capacity of 5 million units per month and is expected to “substantially contribute” to its second-quarter earnings.
Samsung last quarter shipped 92 million handsets, overtaking Nokia to become the world’s top cell phone maker. In February, Samsung revealed that sales of its Galaxy S II smartphone had reached 20 million.
In other news, ZTE has confirmed that its Android-powered Score smartphone is vulnerable to a backdoor security hole enabling anyone with the device’s hardwired password to access its root directory, allowing cyberattackers to add, remove or copy data. The password is readily available online, Reuters reports. The ZTE Score is available from U.S. operator MetroPCS, but other ZTE devices, including the Skate smartphone, may also contain the vulnerability.
ZTE said it had confirmed the vulnerability on the Score phone, but denied it affected other models.
“ZTE is actively working on a security patch and expects to send the update over-the-air to affected users in the very near future,” ZTE said in an emailed statement. “We strongly urge affected users to download and install the patch as soon as it is rolled out to their devices.”