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Samsung: 5M Galaxy Note 2 units sold in 2 months

The Galaxy Note 2 has hit a new sales milestone, almost doubling the 3 million units it shipped in the first 30 days after its launch.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs. LG Intuition
They aren't phones, and they aren't tablets: Samsung's Galaxy Note 2 and LG's Intuition.

Samsung said today it has sold more than 5 million Galaxy Note 2 devices worldwide, just two months after the product was first released.

The Korean technology giant said in a statement (Google Translate) that sales of the part-phone, part-tablet -- a so-called "phablet" -- hit the milestone around a month after Samsung sold 3 million of the devices in the first 30 days after its release.

The 5.5-inch device is selling at roughly three times faster than its predecessor, the original Galaxy Note, which took three months to hit the 3 million mark.

Earlier predictions by Samsung said the device could sell as many as 20 million units -- around double that of its predecessor -- thanks to a partnership with 260 carriers around the world.

Despite hitting the 5 million figure, the Note 2's sales are way behind that of the Galaxy S3: Samsung sold 20 million of its flagship smartphone in the first 100 days after its launch. Nevertheless, the Note 2's sales are still no mean feat considering that the demand for larger 5-inch to-7-inch smartphones is significantly smaller than that for regular-sized devices.

But it's not all been smooth-sailing for Samsung with the Note 2. Apple recently requested that the Galaxy Note 2 be added to an ongoing patent suit against Samsung, along with the Galaxy S3, and the Galaxy S3 Mini.

The case is set to go to trial in 2014.

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