iPhone 4S Rival Alert : Samsung Ships One Million Galaxy Note Smartphones

Samsung Electronics revealed that it had shipped more than one million of its large screen Galaxy Note smartphones globally by the 29th of December; it is not known whether Samsung used the word "shipped" rather than "sold" on purpose.

The Korean company confirmed that sales of the Galaxy Note - which it has positioned as a "market creator" - had risen in Europe and Asia, with a launch in the US likely to speed up global sales.

The phone is part of the popular Galaxy family and was launched on the 1st of September. It comes with a 5.3-inch capacitive touchscreen display with a 1280x800 pixel resolution, a dual core chipset clocked at 1.4GHz, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, an eight megapixel camera with a two megapixel front facing camera, Android 2.3 Gingerbread (rather than Ice Cream Sandwich or Honeycomb), Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, a microSD card reader and a massive 2500mAh battery.

The Galaxy Note is bigger than the 5-inch Dell Streak but still smaller than the biggest smartphone yet, the Galaxy Tab.

Oddly enough, the phone doesn't come with an HDMI out, but does have a capacitive stylus called the S Pen. The phone went on preorder for £600 but can now be had for around £500.