That number is sold, not shipped, and shows an impressive surge in sales. The company has sold 10 million more GS3s in less than two months (on Sept. 6, Samsung said it had reached the 20 million GS3 milestone). The sales are surpassing Samsung's own predictions: in mid-September, Samsung’s IT and Mobile chief Shin Jong-kyun said: “The Galaxy S3 is expected to sell more than 30 million units within this year.”
With nearly two months remaining, it seems obvious that company's flagship device could reach 40 million by the end of the year, iPhone-like numbers, and Samsung has a number of other highly anticipated devices coming soon or arriving, as well, such as the Galaxy Note 2.
Shin has also previously commented on the new Galaxy Note 2. Samsung expects the large tweener (tablet / smartphone) device, which has a 5.5-inch screen, to double the sales of its predecessor, which has sold over 10 million units. Earlier this week, Samsung said that the Galaxy Note 2 had already sold more than 3 million units in less than 40 days.