Samsung officially unveils oversized Galaxy Note II

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A week after Apple unveiled its iPhone 5, Samsung has unveiled the latest version of its smartphone: an oversized Galaxy Note II.

The Galaxy Note II debuted at a trade fair in Berlin last month and will soon be available in more than 100 nations around the globe.

The launch follows a surge of new devices from rival phone manufacturers including Apple, the maker of the iPhone 5, which has reached record sales of 5 million. Meanwhile, LG’s Optimus G was put on sale last week with the company aiming to sell upwards of 80 million of the phones by the end of the year.

This Galaxy Note II is slightly bigger that the company’s flagship phone Galaxy S series and includes a stylus “S pen” for writing notes or drawing on the screen.

The new smartphone is powered by the Android software from Google and can run multiple applications faster as the device comes with a powerful 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, compared with the previous version’s dual-core processor.

The device measures just over 15 centimetres long, 8 centimetres wide and just over 9 millimetres thin. With its 5.5-inch touchscreen, users can split it into two to enjoy viewing two apps or programs at the same time.

J.K. Shin, head of the mobile unit at Samsung, enthused that users can now chat with friends while simultaneously taking notes or checking e-mails.

Shin said global sales of the new smartphone within the first three months will exceed three times the sales of the previous version.

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