updated 01:34 pm EDT, Fri November 2, 2012
Note II sells three times faster than original
Samsung's previous optimism about sales for its Galaxy Note II "phablet" appears to have been borne out since its launch, as the South Korean manufacturer says the device has hit the three million unit mark just 30 days after its international release. The company made the announcement earlier today, pointing out that the new Note hit the three million mark in just a third of the time it took for the original Note to do so. The Note II has a number of advantages over the original, including that it has launched on more carriers in the United States than did its predecessor.
The Note II features internal components that are significantly improved over the original, including a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM where the original Note has a 1.4GHz dual-core chip and 1GB of RAM. Its screen is also larger, and its S Pen has been redesigned to be more ergonomic. Prior to the device's launch, Samsung executives said they expected it to outperform the original and to see no ill effects from the launch of the iPhone 5.
Samsung also noted that its flagship Galaxy S III smartphone has hit the 30 million mark in sales. Samsung executives tell CNet that four out of the S III's five best sales weeks in the United States came after the launch of Apple's newest smartphone.