SEOUL, South Korea -- Samsung Electronics Co. said Friday it has sold more than three million Galaxy Note II smartphones a little over a month after its launch, as the company vies to keep its lead over rivals during the crucial holiday quarter.
The South Korean firm, which was the world's largest maker of smartphones in the July to September quarter, said it took 37 days for the oversized smartphone to reach the sales figure.
The Note II was released first in South Korea in September and in the U.S. and other countries in the following month.
Samsung's Note category took off in the market, overcoming critics' suggestions its big size made it look awkward when held close to the face.
The Note was one of the few five-inch smartphones in the market when the first model was unveiled last year, making some people believe it would become a "tweener" that is neither a tablet nor a smartphone.
But phone manufacturers began to expand screen sizes this year.
The Note series is one of the two key mobile devices from Samsung on the high-end smartphone segment, along with its Galaxy S III smartphone, helping Samsung rake in profit for the business division responsible for more than 70 per cent of the company's quarterly sales.
The latest iteration of the Note features a screen measuring 5.5 inches diagonally and a digital pen for note-taking.
The South Korean firm is pinning its hope on the Note II and the S III to maintain its market lead during the crucial fourth-quarter holiday season.
-- The Associated Press