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Samsung Ships 5 Million Galaxy Note II Smartphones

Samsung's latest phablet has reached an impressive milestone after just two months. The company is on track for a record fourth quarter.

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Samsung announced Monday that it has shipped more than five million Galaxy Note II smartphones. The news comes just two months after the device's release, and handily surpasses the original Note at reaching the same milestone.

The Note II is an Android-based smartphone that has a 5.5-inch display with 1280 x 720 pixels and uses an S Pen (stylus) for interacting with the device. A quad-core 1.6-GHz Exynos processor provides the device's motivation, and it sports an 8-megapixel camera that can also capture 1080p HD video.

The device is a major improvement over the original. It has a larger, better screen, a faster processor, better camera and a revised shape that makes it somewhat easier to hold and use.

The five-million device benchmark is a global figure. The device is for sale in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America. In the United States, it is being sold by AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile USA. Pricing for the device varies by carrier and ranges from $299 to $369 with a new contract.

Samsung has not provided detailed information on actual sales in the individual countries selling the Note II.

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Investment bank UBS believes Samsung is well on its way to selling a record number of smartphones during the fourth quarter of the year, thanks in part to the Note II and Galaxy S III devices.

"The Galaxy Note 2 has shipped 3 million units in its first five weeks of sales, with sell-through strong in Asia and Europe, and the U.S. gathering pace post-launch," said Nicolas Gaudois, an analyst at UBS. "We hence forecast 7 million Galaxy Note 2 [shipments], compared to our initial expectation of 5 million for the fourth quarter."

UBS downplayed the possibility that the Galaxy S III, which is now six months old, will see a sales decline during the fourth quarter. "We see a limited ramp-down, if any at all, for the GSIII, and we feel comfortable with our 15 million estimate for the fourth quarter of 2012," said Gaudois. UBS pointed out that the GSIII sold 5.5 million units in October alone. It is available from the five largest wireless network operators in the U.S.

UBS believes Samsung will sell more than 60 million smartphones during the fourth quarter, which would be a new record for the company.

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Mack Knife
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Mack Knife,
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11/26/2012 | 4:16:29 PM
re: Samsung Ships 5 Million Galaxy Note II Smartphones
Apple is out. Yes, it makes a lot of profit but so did RIM before the co-clowns finished with it. Cook os ill-equipped to lead Apple but it isn't his fault, he is a product of Steve Jobs and Jobs could not have done better. More likely, Jobs would have hastened the inevitable because he was a control freak.His antics driven leadership would have insured that the lawsuits Apple has against Samsung would fail.

One thing of note (no pun intended), Steve Jobs failed miserably in any attempt to prepare Apple to continue a leadership role in the tech industry.Apple appears to be flailing its arms in the wind, trying to hit anything close enough yet it can't reach past its own glass doors to reach new customers. Apple is now selling to an existing customer base and what new customer it does get have no loyalty to it. New customers switch from iPhone to Android at the mere mention of a discount.
FritzNelson
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11/26/2012 | 7:14:08 PM
re: Samsung Ships 5 Million Galaxy Note II Smartphones
It could also be that the Android market is benefiting from product diversity. Lots of people turned their noses up at the Note, and yet 5 mill for Note II is pretty healthy. In fact, it's become a very healthy ecosystem of Android devices. I think that would have been the case with or without Steve Jobs at the helm. Is Apple's game really to win the volume game, or the loyalty (and high margin) game?
Bob Gill
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Bob Gill,
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11/26/2012 | 9:47:50 PM
re: Samsung Ships 5 Million Galaxy Note II Smartphones
I'm amazed how Samsung just blatantly copied the iPhone/iPad to produce the Note II. They're obviously the same devices and the Samsung device does nothing beyond what every iPad does. NOT.
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