That Friday report came from the Korea Economic Daily, which said those pre-orders were spread across over 100 carriers around the globe.
Globally, Samsung overtook Nokia as the top cell phone maker in Q1 2012. It also took the top smartphone OEM spot away from Apple, buoyed by its Galaxy Nexus line and Galaxy S series of Android devices.
The GS3 will sport a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display (720p), an 8MP rear-facing and a 1.9MP front-facing camera. A 64GB version of the phone is planned, but initially the device will ship with 16GB or 32GB of internal storage.
The GS3 also supports microSD expansion, and comes with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.x), Bluetooth 4.0, GPS with GLONASS reception, high-throughput 40MHz 802.11n wi-fi, and NFC. In addition, the device will ship with a relatively large battery: 2,100mAh.
The Galaxy S III was unveiled earlier this month. It will go on sale on May 29 in Germany first, a Vodafone exclusive, before rolling out to other countries and carriers.