And so it begins – the first wave of customers are getting their Samsung Galaxy Note 2 today. Not surprisingly, the first market to have the phablet on sale is South Korea, where the pen-equipped phone/tablet will be offered by SK Telecom, KT and LG U+.

Following the launch of Galaxy Note 2 on the company’s home turf, the phablet will be released in additional 128 markets worldwide via 260 mobile operators. Samsung’s head of mobile business, J.K. Shin, expects the device to sell “more than three times those of the previous version.”

Though the build up to its release didn’t exactly match the crazy hype surrounding the Galaxy S3, we don’t think Samsung will have a problem meeting its goal. Millions of owners of the original model will likely find the successor to be worthy the upgrade, what with the bigger screen, faster processor, and improved software, while keeping the dimensions of the device relatively similar.

The next country to be graced by the presence of the Galaxy Note 2 is Italy, and possibly India on September 28. It will also hit UK retail stores next week.

This is indeed exciting times for phablet lovers all around the world. Are you ready to get your hands on the Galaxy Note 2?