While we don’t know exactly how many people pre-ordered the iPhone 5, we do know Apple sold over 5 million during the first weekend of release. While 5 million units is a staggering number no matter which way you look at it, it does not break Galaxy S III’s record of 9 million pre-orders.
Of course it should be mentioned the Galaxy S III had a longer wait time between announcement and release date (26 days) than the iPhone 5 (10 days). So we could say the comparison isn’t exactly fair. Plus, it took Samsung almost 60 days to sell another 1 million to reach their milestone of 10 million units sold in less than two months; at this rate, iPhone 5 will pass the 10 million mark within a month especially if you consider the fact that 22 more countries will get the iPhone 5 on September 28. So this isn’t necessarily an indicator that the iPhone 5 will sell less than the Galaxy S III, although the iPhone 5 has a long way to go to catchup to Galaxy S III’s twenty million sold in less than one hundred days. Still, this is something Fandroids will take because we have been waiting roughly five years to see one of our babies on the top of the sales chart.