Sales of Samsung Electronics’ hit “Blue Black”phone broke the 5 million mark on July 15, the company said Sunday. The SGH-D500 model debuted in Western Europe in November.
A Samsung Electronics official said the phone has been the engine behind an overall sales growth for its mobile phones. Following the SGH-T100 and SGH-E700 models, dubbed the “Lee Kun-hee phone” and “Benz phone,” the Blue Black phone is tipped to sell a landmark 10 million.
The company says design and range of features besides the unique color and, for Europeans, relatively new slide style helped set the handset apart. The model has a 1.3 megapixel camera and Bluetooth function, and its 92 Mb internal memory enables users to store a sizeable number of video clips and music. The phone was launched in Korea in early May and became an immediate hit, selling 150,000 handsets in two months.