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Holiday gadgets: Samsung launches Note II phone

October 25, 2012 • Business


Kevin Packingham, chief product officer for Samsung Mobile USA, demonstrates the new Samsung Galaxy Note II during a launch event, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in New York. Aside from the 5.5 inch screen, the Note comes with a stylus and runs the latest version of Google’s Android operating system, Jelly Bean. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. has been running ads touting its Galaxy S III phone as its “next big thing.” Now it has something bigger.

The S III released a few months ago has a screen that measures 4.8 inches diagonally, making it bigger than even the iPhone 5, which is Apple’s largest phone yet. This week, Samsung is releasing the Galaxy Note II, a smartphone with a 5.5 inch screen.

Aside from the larger screen, the Note comes with a stylus and runs the latest version of Google’s Android operating system, Jelly Bean.

Samsung and Apple dominate with nearly half of the worldwide market for smartphones.

In recent months, Samsung’s ads have been poking fun of Apple, suggesting that the iPhone 5 was merely playing catch-up with Samsung’s products. However, a federal jury in California awarded Apple $1 billion in damages after finding that 26 Samsung products ripped off Apple’s technology at the heart of its iPhones and iPads.

The Note’s launch on Wednesday came a day after Apple unveiled a smaller iPad and a faster full-sized one. Apple also refreshed its line of Mac computers on Tuesday, while Microsoft will hold an event Thursday focusing on Windows 8, a major update to its lucrative operating system.

These are some of the gadgets to expect for the holidays:

— APPLE DEVICES:

Apple has done well selling its full-sized tablet computer, which has a screen that measures nearly 10 inches diagonally. The iPad dominates the worldwide tablet market, accounting for 70 percent of all tablet shipments in the second quarter of this year, according to IHS iSuppli. But companies such as Amazon.com Inc. and Google Inc. have made in-roads selling tablets with smaller, 7-inch screens and lower price tags.

On Tuesday, Apple said it will start shipping the iPad Mini next week. Login to read more

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