Samsung Galaxy Note II

Samsung: 3 million Galaxy Note IIs sold in a month

Samsung leads the oversized-smartphone market that it essentially created. The company announced Friday it has sold 3 million units of the Galaxy Note II in the 30 days since it launched. The successor to the original Galaxy Note is selling three times faster than the original, which took three months to reach the same milestone.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II only reached the U.S. this month, so these sales figures are mainly from overseas. It arrives on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular for $300 with a two-year commitment, which is $100 more expensive than the iPhone 5 and its rivals.

To put the numbers in context, sales of the iPhone 5 topped 5 million in the first weekend only. But the Samsung figures show that it sold more Galaxy Note IIs than the 2.9 million Lumia smartphones Nokia sold in the entire last quarter.

Origins

The original Galaxy Note basically created a new category in the market for oversized smartphone after Dell failed to gain traction with the Streak 5. With a 5.3-inch display, a slim design and a stylus, the first Galaxy Note sold 10 million units. Its success also prompted LG to introduce its own oversized smartphone with stylus range, the Optimus Vu.

The Galaxy Note II is even larger than the original, with a 5.5-inch display. It packs a 1.6GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera on the back, and 1.9-megapixel camera on the front, as well as expandable storage via MicroSD.

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