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Samsung Galaxy Note sales hit 2 million, aims for 10 million by 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note sales hit 2 million, aims for 10 million by 2013
The Samsung Galaxy Note is a weird device - it has a huge 5.3-inch display which some might think is too big. For others Goliath-handed fellows it’s just perfect, and now its sales have hit 2 million units proving that it has a place under the smartphone/tablet sun. What’s more, Samsung expects sales of the Note to soar to 10 million by the end of 2012.

Currently, the Galaxy Note is one of the devices getting special attention at MWC where artists draw caricatures of visitors with the built-in S Pen Wacom stylus.

The Galaxy Note represents a new kind of device blurring the line between a tablet and a phone. It’s portable, but sacrifices a bit on the esthetics (imagine holding something that big to your ear on the street) and it will hardly fit in tight jeans. 

Call it a phablet, a tablet-phone, but fact is that it has carved in a niche that other manufacturers were quick to go in. The LG Optimus Vu for example is a similarly large, 5-inch handset unveiled just before MWC. The Panasonic Eluga’s screen also measures at 5 inches on the diagonal.

Do people need it? “I think people don’t know what they need,” Samsung product strategy executive Hankil Yoon said. “But as soon as they start using it, they think that’s what they need.” 

As frank as it is, there’s true to that. If we take the iPhone for example, its 3.5-inch screen was huge when it arrived, and now some people turn to other operating system because they think it’s too small. While we’re sure that time will tell what size is right, you can chime in with your opinion below - is 5.3-inch stretching it? 

source: Forbes via UnwiredView

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posted on 01 Mar 2012, 04:19 5

1. abdane (Posts: 476; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Go sammy ! ^_^

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 05:07 4

2. vijay0715 (Posts: 10; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


Do the same on tablet market also! All the best!

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 05:07 3

3. vijay0715 (Posts: 10; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


Do the same on tablet market also! All the best!

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 05:31 4

4. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


The Note screen still looks gorgeous. Great phone so far.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 06:05 6

5. redmd (Posts: 896; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


“But as soon as they start using it, they think that’s what they need.” Haha so true.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 06:12 2

6. ph00ny (Posts: 606; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Someone from work just picked one up because they saw mine when i got it in november and had to get one

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 06:44

7. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


I don't like microSD inside and battery blocked it slot, this giant size Samsung should make an external memory slot. Motorola Razr Maxx is nice both Sim card and microSD external slot is next to each other in 1 spot with close cover.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 06:56 4

8. remixfa (Posts: 13935; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


its perty and id just loove to get my paws on one. HD screen + exynos = win for me :)

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:58

12. droiddomination (Posts: 203; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


exynos only in non att version correct? att has the crap dragon for lte i feel.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 20:13 1

20. remixfa (Posts: 13935; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


correct. if you see LTE, it does not have an exynos 4210 chip in it. You have to get the international one to have Exynos right now. hopefully that changes soon.

I still have my fingers crossed that I win the phone arena contest. please please oooooooh please! :)

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 07:35

9. mercorp (Posts: 972; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


i love it.now can someone give me a wifi version or lite version,like a galaxy note ace?

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 19:36

18. JGuinan007 (Posts: 634; Member since: 19 May 2011)


Whatare you talking about it has Wifi and LTE?

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:27 1

10. DrewMonroe (Posts: 19; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


i will be one of the eight million people to satisfy both myself and samsung. i'm jumping to note from from original galaxy s before the year ends. =)

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:50

11. Gcombs (Posts: 133; Member since: 22 Aug 2011)


That sounds like it's a indication that it's coming to all major carriers here in the U.S. :)

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 19:39

19. JGuinan007 (Posts: 634; Member since: 19 May 2011)


Could be april after AT&T exclusive US carrier is over

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 09:08 2

13. Sniggly (Posts: 7118; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


It seems like an excellent phone so far. I like the extra functionality the S pen provides. And although 5.3 inches somewhat stretches its practicality as a phone, I would use it with a bluetooth anyway.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 09:08

14. twenti7 (Posts: 152; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


I finally got a chance to play with the "phoneblet" yesterday, and it left quite an impression. I'm by no means a big guy (5'11", 140lbs, medium-sized hands, and I wear slim fit jeans), but the phone really wasn't uncomfortable to hold or use. And the screen! A more beautiful display, in a phone I have never beheld.
But sadly, as much as I liked how it felt and looked, the Snapdragon obviously crippled it quite badly, to the extent that it had trouble merely panning through homescreens.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 12:42

15. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


I kind of dig it.. but I feel that is destined for certain type of people.. example.. I don't see many ladies with one... it will fit in their Coach purse but not when they be talking... carrying it is how I see the problem...

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 19:31

17. JGuinan007 (Posts: 634; Member since: 19 May 2011)


I fully agree but not just ladies with tiny hands anyone with tiny hands will have a hard time using this phone. But for people with normal hands or larger will have no problems and get a beautiful display and S-pen!

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 20:14 1

21. remixfa (Posts: 13935; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


so.. the ladies you know are not used to holding 5 inches in their hands? sounds like an issue. lol

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 18:20

16. henrickrw (Posts: 407; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Its a besar. .... respect to the max

posted on 26 Mar 2012, 12:02

22. lonestarnot (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


I just measured my 0.7x4.3x7.4(8.5"diag) 8.2oz retired DayTimer wallet. Though we won't see phones like The Brick, DayTimers had a long history and wide acceptance. I believe the size was set to fit a majority of a) adult male hands, and b) adult male coat pockets.

We may be seeing a market fracture here, a further acknowledgment that one size does NOT fit all. The pre-cellular traditional 4x7 size may still be optimum for adult males, who may now be chafing at the small size of keys, relative to their fingers. The larger size may also help with the tech-aware-and-presbyopic demographic ... if some vendor finds it large enough to merit pursuit. (No, as a 40+,6'+ male technologist, I'm not quite unbiased, just hopeful.) Still, unlike DayTimer demand, smartphone demand extends _far_ beyond the demographic with large coat pockets.

Notably, some attributed cellular downsizing to pursuit of female consumers.(...and children, in addition to semiconductor trends) It's not clear whether a new up-sizing will fracture the market along gender/stature lines. But the market is already fractured on other lines; selling to Small-Medium-Large consumers seems no tougher.

I'm just trying to figure how to get a "phoneblet" without losing the farm to my current carrier.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 14:28

23. kcmestre (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Mar 2012)


I apparently am one of the few women on the plantet to have bought this phone and even had my picture taken by a Galaxy Note owner from Columbia at a conference who wanted to prove women do buy this device. I plan to return it on account of the battery life and the size is a problem. I had to carry it on a run b/c it didn't fit in my pocket at all.

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