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Samsung's Galaxy Note II sales exceed 5 million
The Note II was released first in South Korea in September and in the US and other countries in the following month
New Delhi: Earlier this month we reported that Samsung had sold more than 3 million Galaxy Note II smartphones in a little over a month after its launch, and now the South Korean giant has reported that it has moved two million more in a span of less than a month.
So, now the cumulative sales of the Galaxy Note II, released three months back, has exceeded 5 million, as the company vies to keep its lead over rivals during the crucial holiday quarter.
The Note II was released first in South Korea in September and in the US and other countries in the following month. Samsung's Note category took off in the market, overcoming skepticism about its big size making it look awkward when held close to the face.
The Note was one of the few 5-inch smartphone in the market when the first model was unveiled last year, making some people believe it would become a "tweener" that is neither a tablet nor a smartphone.
But phone manufacturers began to expand screen sizes this year. Even Apple released a bigger iPhone this year.
The Note series is one of the two key mobile devices from Samsung on the high-end smartphone segment, along with flagship Galaxy S III smartphone, helping Samsung rake in profit for the business division that is responsible for more than 70 per cent of the company's quarterly sales.
The latest iteration of the Note features a screen measuring 5.5 inches diagonally and a digital pen for note-taking.
The South Korean firm is pinning its hope on the Note II and the S III to maintain its market lead during the crucial fourth-quarter holiday season, when a number of new gadgets are vying for attention from consumers in the crowded market.
Research firm IDC said Samsung topped the global smartphone market in the July-September third quarter with 56.3 million sales, more than double Apple's 26.9 million iPhone sales. The two companies controlled combined 46 per ecent of the global smartphone market, according to IDC.
With inputs from Reuters
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