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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GALAXY Note
  • Display 5.3" 800 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2500 mAh(13.50h 3G talk time)

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23 Comments

1. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Go sammy ! ^_^

2. vijay0715

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

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

3. vijay0715

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

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

4. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

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

5. redmd

Posts: 1925; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

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

6. ph00ny

Posts: 2024; Member since: May 26, 2011

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

7. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 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.

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

12. droiddomination

Posts: 203; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

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

20. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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! :)

9. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

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

18. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

Whatare you talking about it has Wifi and LTE?

10. DrewMonroe

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 27, 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. =)

11. Gcombs

Posts: 136; Member since: Aug 22, 2011

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

19. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

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

13. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

14. twenti7

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 09, 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.

15. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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...

17. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 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!

21. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

16. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

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

22. lonestarnot

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 26, 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.

23. kcmestre

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 27, 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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