Believe it or not, the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G is selling like hotcakes in the US

Believe it or not, the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G is selling like hotcakes in the US
While 5G-capable smartphones are only projected to truly take off in the next couple of years, bringing back growth to the entire global industry, a few of the early models appear to be selling better than expected. We're talking about last spring's Galaxy S10 5G and LG V50 ThinQ, but also the hot new 5G-enabled variants of Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+.

Those are actually the only variants up for grabs in South Korea, where the Galaxy Note 10 family has reportedly crushed all first-month sales records for both the Note and Galaxy S lineups. Meanwhile, 5G networks aren't spreading quite as fast in the US, which explains why the Note 10 and Note 10+ are available on the nation's big four carriers in 4G LTE-limited configurations.

But Verizon also sells the Note 10+ 5G, which obviously doesn't come cheap, fetching a whopping $1300 outright. Believe it or not, that hasn't stopped the powerhouse from moving a solid 40,000 units in August, at least according to one analyst at a market research firm quoted by TechRepublic.

A third of early Note 10 sales at Big Red

We probably don't have to tell you the Note 10 and Note 10+ are radically different phones, with much more than their screen size setting them apart. Somewhat bizarrely, the Note 10+ 5G looks identical to its non-5G brother, and the two also share every single feature besides cellular connectivity. The Galaxy S10 5G, if you remember, was bigger than the S10+ and it naturally came with a larger battery on deck, as well as an extra camera.

Incredibly enough, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G seems to be keeping up with the pace of its LTE-only relatives while outselling the 5G-enabled S10 and LG V50 ThinQ at both Verizon and rival carriers. In other words, this is by far the nation's most successful 5G smartphone to date, and even though sales numbers are likely to decline in the near future, Verizon should be able to continue moving at least 30,000 units a month through the end of the year.

By the way, that 40K total represents pre-order figures and just nine days of retail availability, so before sales start to drop, they may actually grow in September. It's unclear if the Note 10, Note 10+, and Note 10+ 5G each accounted for a third of the family's August sales at Verizon, but something tells us the smaller and slightly lower-end variant didn't prove quite as popular as the other two. That's because apparently the "Note buyer is price-insensitive and wants the latest and greatest technology", which probably means the Note 10+ model without 5G support achieved even higher sales than 40,000 units, leaving the "regular" Note 10 with a lower number than the Note 10+ 5G.

Did Apple make a mistake by snubbing 5G in its 2019 iPhones?

While it's fairly easy to jump to that conclusion based on the US and Korean popularity of 5G-capable Note 10 versions, it's important to remember the iPhone 11 trio is reportedly off to a good start of its own. Besides, that 40K number is not bad for a single carrier and nine days of retail availability, but in the grand scheme of things, it's hardly a game-changing number.

We're still months, perhaps years away from the moment when 5G technology will truly change the game, boosting the download speeds and improving the overall mobile network experience for the masses. For the time being, Verizon's 5G coverage remains limited and spotty, and things aren't better on other carriers either. So, yes, Samsung is gaining an early advantage in the fledgling 5G smartphone market, but Apple can definitely hope to vie for the crown this time next year.

Related phones

Galaxy Note 10+ 5G
  • Display 6.8" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4300 mAh



1. saif2711

Posts: 99; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

40k in 10 days is hotcake number we can finally say phonearena is actually SamsungArena??similar to what apple trolls call PA as iPA.

2. mclaren113

Posts: 55; Member since: Dec 12, 2017

That number in comparison to the numbers of 5G smartphones sold is big

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31307; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Please explain, how you could read this article, and still manage to miss the entire point of it.

6. Mike88

Posts: 435; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

They added believe it or not because it’s unbelievable that Samsung is selling like hot cakes after iPhone launch.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31307; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The Note is the better phone though. I tried the Pro Max for 4 days, and although it's a very nice device, I decided to keep my XS Max, and get the Note 10+. Other than the camera, which is insane, the battery, which is also insane, the XS Max is same phone.

11. Mike88

Posts: 435; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

It’s not the better phone compared to the new iPhones but I agree it’s the best phone to have if you aren’t getting the new iPhones for some reason. Their biggest mistake is to make the smaller Note different and less worthy than the Note+ unlike iPhones where iPhone 11 pro and 11 pro max are same except the size.

12. Vancetastic

Posts: 1567; Member since: May 17, 2017

I don't have either device, but I say that the Note is better, because I can just say stuff on the internet too.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31307; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's better dude. It's not even too much of a comparison, outside of the camera and maybe battery life.

15. Vancetastic

Posts: 1567; Member since: May 17, 2017

You are hurting a lot of feelings already today.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31307; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Having had both (although not that long), I saw what I needed to see. The Note 10+ is king.

16. ssallen

Posts: 202; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

Yeah, cool down there princess. Understand the metrics first.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31307; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The Note 10+ is a friggin beast, in any variant. This is what I call a true upgrade over it's predecessor...not just a better camera and a new old color.

7. limporgyuk

Posts: 371; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

and don't forget about the new matt finish on the iPhone 10ss

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31307; Member since: Feb 05, 2011


10. hateftotti

Posts: 232; Member since: May 03, 2011

Got mine in 512GB version and Aura Black and I do confirm that you are totally right

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31307; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Stunning phone, from its looks, to its performance, to its features, to its battery life.

5. chenski

Posts: 774; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

It should actually be called Samsung p30

19. MEeee

Posts: 438; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Huawei should called their phones S30 because of the curve screens.

13. Vancetastic

Posts: 1567; Member since: May 17, 2017

I'd like to hear midan's take on this news. I believe that he said no one would be interested in 5g phones until Apple builds one.

17. ssallen

Posts: 202; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

How is that at all surprising? The first flagship company delivers a 5G device after years of the phone companies talking it up like its the second coming. People are absolutely going to buy it. 5G aside, its a damn fine device as well. Why is Phone Arena so dedicated to stroking out over this? Apple got beat to the punch, get over it. Its not the first or last technology that's ever going to be released.

20. Orion78

Posts: 210; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Note 10+ is awesome. Can't put the phone down.

21. Wazupmrg

Posts: 188; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Why is it surprising a true innovative flagship with 5g would sell well? Oh, because it's Samsung doing it. Where's apple's 5g solution?

23. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2248; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

This is simply the reason why the market needs the iPhone the most to help give carriers the 5G handset distribution jolt/boost. If 40,000 is a victory for Samsung...can someone give them a dose of a reality check. I would have given Samsung at least 5 million, but only 40k. Without the iPhone the US 5G market is horrible and on track with less than 3 million units by this time next year. Android is winning...

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