Galaxy S III pre-orders top 9 million

It looks like Samsung’s new Galaxy phone is living up to the hype.

Or to be more specific, it looks like the hype is still going strong as the release date for the Galaxy S III approaches.

Of course, the real test as to whether or not the hype holds up will be after consumers start actually using the phone and if these sales numbers continue.

But for now, Samsung is flying high. According to the Korean Economic Daily, more than 9 million customers devices have already been set aside for pre-orders around the world.

At full capacity, Samsung’s manufacturing process can reportedly produce 5 million units of the phone per month. It has assumedly been running that production for at least a month.

Samsung has been very specific that it does not see other Android phones as its competitor – it looks directly at the iPhone. It believes the Galaxy S line can be the definitive Android brand.

And that isn’t just blind arrogance. Samsung owns an astounding 30.6% of the mobile phone market. It toppled Nokia as the leader in the industry for the first time in 15 years.

And with more than 50% of American consumers now owning smartphones, and with Android as the most popular smartphone platform by far, owning that industry is a huge deal.

The Galaxy S III will see an almost unparalleled global launch on May 29, with 100 carrier partners already secured at dozens of countries throughout the planet.