SEOUL, April 8 Samsung Electronics Co Ltd
, the world's No.2 handset manufacturer, plans to
roll out a new version of its flagship smartphone Galaxy S in
South Korea this month through KT Corp , the
telecommunications operator said on Friday.
The local debut of the ultra-slim Galaxy S II comes after
bigger rival Apple Inc introduced the iPhone 4 in South
Korea in September, expanding the offering by ending an
exclusive deal with KT and adding SK Telecom Co Ltd
South Korea is one of the most lucrative markets for
Samsung's smartphones. It sold about 2 million Galaxy S handsets
last year, one-fifth of the total global shipments.
KT, South Korea's second-biggest mobile carrier, said on
Friday that it planned to release the new model around April 25.
Bigger rival SK Telecom said it had yet to decide a launch date.
Samsung declined to reveal launch details but said the
smartphone, based on Google Inc's Android operating
system, would be rolled out in April as planned.
(Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin and Miyoung Kim; Editing by Chris