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Samsung Galaxy S3 sales to hit 19 million in autumn

Samsung's got high hopes for sales of its Galaxy S3, estimating a whopping 19 million will be shipped by autumn.

Samsung has high hopes for its Galaxy S3, boastfully tipping its quad-core smart phone to sell 19 million units by the autumn.

Samsung made the crystal-ball estimate as it announced more whopping profit -- the South Korean company believes it will have made $5.9bn profit in the three months April-June, or about £3.8bn in British coin.

That's a 79 per cent profit boost, the BBC reports, helped along by Samsung making most of the hottest smart phones in shops right now. The Galaxy S2, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy S3 have all been well-received.

Samsung already forecast the Galaxy S3 to sell 10 million units by July, now it reckons it'll hit the 19 million mark at some point in the third quarter, which means July-September.

Those figures probably represent the number of phones Samsung has shipped, rather than the number people have actually purchased, but they're still an indication that the Galaxy S3 is proving popular.

A fly is circling above Samsung's ointment however -- sales of the Galaxy S3 may well slow as the months progress and we are drawn ever closer to the launch of a brand new iPhone.

Apple's next toy is rumoured to feature a taller 4-inch display. The Californian company was able to flog 37 million iPhones in the last 14 weeks of 2011, while rumours persist of an iPad mini being unveiled this October.

Samsung recently boasted that sales of the Galaxy Note had hit 7 million, while the Galaxy S and S2 combined have shipped a jaw-dropping 50 million units.

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