If you were wondering how Samsung's Galaxy Note II would hold up under the intense pressures of the smartphone world, maybe this will give you some sort of idea. Samsung Korea just announced that five million Note II units have been shipped since launch all around the globe, which is up from three million just a few months ago. Of course, many expected the phablet craze to die out about as quickly as it came to pass, but that's clearly not the case. Evidently there's something to be said about including a stylus with a phone these days, particularly one that does as many tricks as the S Pen.
It's still a really impressive figure. The Note II is amongst the most expensive smartphones in the world, with most U.S. carriers selling it for a whopping $299 on contract, and off-contract venues selling it for over $700. It certainly doesn't hurt that the Note II is available on a wealth of U.S. carriers, even regional ones like U.S. Cellular. Naturally, the Note II is also named in a Apple vs. Samsung lawsuit, but it has yet to be pulled from any shelves. Till that day does or doesn't occur, it looks like this 5.5-inch wonder is going to be moving even faster as the holidays approach.