Samsung Electronics Co said yesterday that global sales of its large Galaxy Note II smartphone had topped 3 million since its debut in late September, as archrival Apple’s iPad Mini hit the stores in Asia.
The South Korean electronics giant said sales of the gadget — sold in about 100 nations — grew far faster than its predecessor and would likely be more than three times those of the Galaxy Note in the first three months after its launch.
Samsung — the world’s top smartphone maker — sold about 2 million Galaxy Note phones in the three months after its debut in November last year.
Galaxy Note II — about 15.1cm long and 8cm wide — is slightly bigger than the firm’s flagship smartphone Galaxy S series and it comes with a stylus to write notes or draw on the screen.
“It means the new product category we pioneered has successfully established itself among global consumers at last,” the South Korean company said in a statement, adding that sales in the US, Europe and Asia were growing rapidly.
Samsung’s rival Apple Inc yesterday launched sales of its new iPad Mini in Asia, including South Korea, Japan and Australia, entering the market for mobile devices sized somewhere between smartphones and tablet PCs.
The two tech giants have been embroiled in a long-running patent battle in 10 countries, including the US and Germany, with the pair accusing each other of stealing designs and technology.
In August, Samsung was ordered to pay Apple US$1.05 billion in damages for illegally copying iPhone and iPad features for its Galaxy S smartphones, but a Japanese court later rejected Apple’s claim that Samsung stole its technology.