Samsung expects big things from even bigger Galaxy Note 2

Thanks to a partnership with more than 250 worldwide carriers, Samsung's Galaxy Note 2 could do quite well in the iPhone 5's wake

Samsung sees mass appeal for the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 2.
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Samsung is expecting pretty big things out of its next major release, the Galaxy Note 2.

Indeed, even after the 30 million Galaxy S3s and millions of iPhone 5 sales, Samsung believes it could still move 20 million units of its 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II. Speaking with reporters recently, Samsung head J.K. Shin advised that the Galaxy Note II could sell "three times faster" than the first iteration over its first few months.

To ensure the handset is a success, Samsung has partnered with no less than 260 wireless providers across 128 markets. Starting with today's Korean release, the Galaxy Note 2 will benefit from a much larger presence than that of its predecessor.

As of right now there are already five U.S. carriers lined up to offer the Samsung Galaxy Note 2: Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular. Contrast that with the first edition where AT&T was long the exclusive provider in the United States until T-Mobile only recently added it to its lineup.

I'm curious to see how many of you are waiting to get your hands on the next big, big thing. Are you looking forward to the Galaxy Note 2's release this fall?