Samsung reveals new Galaxy Note II

NEW YORK (AP) ? Fresh off a legal battle with Apple, Samsung is announcing a new version of the Galaxy Note, an offbeat, oversized smartphone that’s become a surprise hit.

The phone’s 5.5-inch screen is narrower but longer than on the first version. The processor is faster, and the software has been further adapted for the included stylus ? the phone’s signature feature.

Samsung Electronics Co. says it has shipped 10 million first-generation Galaxy Notes in one year.

Samsung says the new phone will go on sale in Europe and Asia in October. It did not say when it would launch with a U.S. carrier.

The Galaxy Note is not among the phones Apple is asking a judge to ban from the U.S., after a court ruled that some Samsung phones violated Apple patents.