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Samsung Galaxy Note ships 1 million units

Samsung's tablet-cum-phone has shipped a million worldwide. Could this be the start of a new product category?

An oddity. That's how we described the Samsung Galaxy Note back when we reviewed it in November. And it's fair enough: with a 5.3-inch screen, it sits halfway between a phone and a tablet. It's thin ice territory, as some have failed before when they've strayed so far from the standard product classifications.

But it seems the Galaxy Note is doing quite nicely thank you very much, as it's shipped a million handsets worldwide since going on sale in November. Big numbers for a big phone.

Samsung made the announcement on its Flickr page, possibly while a fanfare of trumpets played in the background. The numbers are all the more impressive when you consider the Note isn't even on sale in the US yet, though Samsung is about to rectify that, announcing it'll be flogging it Stateside next year. Expect even better figures then.

The Note is also due for an upgrade to Android Ice Cream Sandwich in the first three months of next year (along with the Galaxy S2, Galaxy R, and all three sizes of the Galaxy Tab), making it an even more tempting prospect.

It just goes to show, we suppose, that plenty of people do want a halfway house between a smart phone and a tablet -- if it's done right. A Samsung official said in a statement, "One million global shipping of Galaxy Note means it has well positioned itself as a market creator."

The Note is due to get its own robotastic dock in February next year, which will let you rotate it to landscape or portrait mode. More accessories are also expected.

Could this be the start of something? Will we all soon be carrying around huge handsets? Let us know if you think big phones will be big in 2012 over on our Facebook page, or in the comments below.