Samsung Australia has refused to confirm the release of its newly announced Galaxy Note II smartphone Down Under, saying a decision on the availability of the product has not been made yet.
Unveiled overnight at the IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung) consumer electronics trade show in Berlin, the Galaxy Note II is the successor to the original Galaxy Note smartphone. The new model has a larger 5.5in screen, a faster, quad-core processor and runs the latest version of Google's Android platform, 4.1 Jelly Bean. It once again comes with an "S Pen" stylus that allows users to take notes, draw onto the screen and annotate images and PDF files.
Samsung confirmed today that the Galaxy Note II will be available in Europe, Asia and the Middle East by October and will be released in the US by the end of 2012. However, it has refused to confirm or deny an Australian release.
"Samsung is delighted in the response from consumers in regards to the GALAXY Note 2 following IFA 2012," said an Australian spokesperson. "A decision has not yet been made whether this product will be made available in Australia."
A delay in releasing the original Galaxy Note in Australia saw online mobile phone store MobiCity claim a "world exclusive" by becoming the first online retail outlet to sell that device Down Under. The store sold the Galaxy Note to Australian consumers from October 2011, a full five months before Samsung officially launched the device in Australia in March this year.
Despite initially expected to be a niche device, Samsung announced earlier this month that it has already sold 10 million units of the Galaxy Note worldwide. The milestone came four months ahead of schedule, as the company initially forecasted it would sell 10 million units by the end of 2012.
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