Samsung is expecting monster sales of its new supersize smartphone which launches in South Korea today, a territory that Apple has not yet launched the iPhone 5 in.
Samsung's Triple Threat
Celebrating the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note II in its home country, the company's head of mobile has predicted sales some three times that of its predecessor. The original Note sold over 10 million units according to Samsung, which will make this device, that straddles the smartphone and tablet markets, a major force with its own niche.
Samsung announced the Note II at an event back in August, The specs include a slightly larger 5.5″ HD Super AMOLED screen running at 1280×720. Inside is a 1.6GHz quad-core CPU with 2GB of RAM (with 16, 32, and 64 GB options and a microSD slot) plus dual cameras.
A chunky 3,100mAh battery and LTE and HSPA+ offer fast communications and a long uptime. It is available in white or grey with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The device is out now in Asia, with a European roll out in early October and American markets near the end of that month. This device, with the Galaxy SIII and full Tablet Note models, give Samsung a growing edge on its rivals.
Fighting in Many Markets
That launch is unlikely to be threatened by the on-going litigation between Samsung and Apple (currently under appeal), as this is one device that Apple can't claim the company has copied. With the Note II to launch in over 128 territories, it is a major part of Samsung's thrust to promote itself as the No. 1 Android device maker, even as it prepares to support the Windows Phone 8 launch.
In what will be a critical time for all players, Samsung will be looking for the Note II to give it an edge against the likes of Nokia, HTC, Apple and others. One year on from the launch of the original, will the follow-up see the success of the first model, or are Note users a happy bunch with the 'tweener device?