At a press conference in Seoul today to welcome the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 in South Korea, Samsung’s J.K. Shin had some pretty bold predictions for how well the device will sell in the coming months. Bloomberg reported that, following the introduction and record debut weekend of 5 million units for the iPhone 5, Samsung expects the new Galaxy Note 2 to sell three times as many units as the original Note in the first three months. In December 2011, shortly after the introduction of the original Note in September at IFA 2011, Samsung announced it shipped 1 million units. However, at that time, the device had not hit the United States. By the end of February it had moved 2 million Galaxy Notes, and as of August of this year it hit the 10 million mark, reaching its earlier projections for 2012.  For the Galaxy Note II, Samsung expects to reach over 260 carriers in 128 markets and launch in the U.S. with five carriers in mid-November.

We got our first look at the new 5.5-inch device, sporting a redesigned S-Pen and upgraded internals, when it was unveiled at IFA in Berlin last month