iPhone 4S Rival Alert : Samsung Ships 700,000 Galaxy Note In South Korea

Samsung has confirmed it has managed to ship more than 700,000 of its oversized Galaxy Note smartphone/tablet hybrids in its homeland, South Korea, a launch that allowed it to capture two thirds of the LTE market in January.

Sammyhub, which reported the data, pointed that the sales were to channel and distributors and not to the end consumers, for which the numbers are likely to be much lower.

The LTE version of the Galaxy Note went on sale in South Korea at the end of November and has already been available for sale in the UK since October.

Globally, more than one million units have been sold and the number is likely to rise as the smartphone goes on sale in the US via AT&T.

The Galaxy Note is the biggest smartphone on the planet and is a smaller, updated version of the original Galaxy Tab. It has a dual core processor clocked at 1.4GHz and a 5.3-inch display with a 1280x800 pixel resolution, but runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread rather than Honeycomb - which is somewhat odd, although there will be an official update to Ice Cream Sandwich.

It has the biggest battery in any smartphone at 2500mAh, an eight megapixel rear camera, a front-facing two megapixel one and a Wacom-built stylus.