Galaxy Note 10 sales exceed expectations, crushing all Galaxy S and Note records in one country

Galaxy Note 10 sales exceed expectations, crushing all Galaxy S and Note records in one country
For the first time since 2014, the Galaxy Note family includes two different models. Three if you also count the 5G-enabled Note 10+, although unlike the Galaxy S10 5G, that bad boy is essentially identical to the 4G LTE-only variant in every aspect apart from connectivity. And of course, there's a "regular-sized" Note 10 5G as well, but you can't have that one in the US.

In case you were wondering how this new release strategy and expanded product lineup might be working out for Samsung, the early signs seem to point in the right direction, with stellar pre-order numbers reported last month. The actual sales of the Galaxy Note 10 roster are also pretty impressive, at least in South Korea, which is the tech giant's homeland and one of its most important global markets.

A new all-time record for both the Galaxy S and Note families

Formally unveiled on August 7, the Note 10 and Note 10+ went up for pre-order within 48 hours in both the US and Korea, kicking off deliveries and in-store availability just a couple of weeks later. Since August 23, the flagship duo broke the 1 million domestic unit sales barrier, which means it only needed 25 days to achieve this milestone.


In comparison, it took Samsung a whopping 54 days last year to reach that regional number with the Galaxy Note 9, while the Galaxy S10 lineup "rushed" to its million mark in 46 days earlier this year. The company's latest S-series hero devices actually came pretty close to breaking the Galaxy S8's record of 37 days needed to cross a million domestic sales.

Naturally, that means the Note 10 and Note 10+ have become Samsung's fastest-ever phones to rack up a million units in South Korea, defying the general decline of the worldwide mobile industry. That's an even more remarkable achievement if you consider the Galaxy S line is traditionally viewed as the more "mainstream" product portfolio. And let's not forget Samsung domestically released both the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus in 5G-capable variants only, meaning those impressive volumes also come with heftier than usual profit margins.

Great news for Samsung's not-so-great financials

Yes, the chaebol reported around $5.6 billion in operating profit for the April - June 2019 quarter, which sounds pretty great. For almost any other company involved in the smartphone manufacturing business, that would have been an amazing result in a time of stagnant sales and expanding replacement cycles, but for Samsung, it represented a massive 56 percent year-on-year decline, caused in part by the Galaxy S10's "weak momentum."

While it's obviously too early to predict an overall financial rebound and substantial growth on the back of the Galaxy Note 10's strong performance in a single country, it's also hard to believe the new high-enders won't be able to crush the end-of-year results of the Note 9. After all, the aforementioned 25-day total of the Note 10 duo in Korea is apparently "more than double that of its predecessor."

If the Note 10 and Note 10+ could outpace the Note 9 by that much around the world, a mind-blowing figure of roughly 20 million unit sales would be absolutely achievable by the end of 2019. Of course, that seems unlikely, but topping 10 million shouldn't be a problem. Another positive for Samsung's books is that the costlier Note 10+ accounted for a dominant 63 percent share of the family's early domestic sales, which guarantees sky-high revenues this quarter and confirms the somewhat awkward market position of the "standard" Note 10.



1. adecvat

Posts: 644; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Yeah, unfortunately, only in one country.

34. pimpin83z

Posts: 585; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Doesn't matter. It's still selling.

37. Mike88

Posts: 435; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

I never trust Korean results. They are fake just like their govt.

47. JohnR

Posts: 157; Member since: Sep 08, 2017

But Galaxies sell well anyway, so it's believable in this case

58. tbreezy

Posts: 49; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

Cheap Galaxies sell well, the Flagships don’t.

52. tbreezy

Posts: 49; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

They do this very single time lol. They tell us their latest flagship is selling well and then the quarterly results come out and there is barely a shift in the averaging selling’s then later revealed that their Flagships actually don’t sell much.

3. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 724; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

"For the first time in its 8-year history, the Galaxy Note family includes two different models." Note 4 and Note 4 Edge

11. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 376; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Note 3 and note 3 neo to

21. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 724; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Yeah, I thought of that too, but the Note 3 Neo was more of an afterthought.

35. pimpin83z

Posts: 585; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Just goes to show how little research PA does, which takes away the credibility of their testing & comparisons.

36. chesvagp

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 17, 2019

I believe it is written "For the first time since 2014, the Galaxy Note family includes two different models" which is when the Note 4 & Note Edge were introduced.

4. saif2711

Posts: 97; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

Lol..their home ground is a developed country too and only 1 million mark.. that's a rookie number...the likes of xiaomi,bbk,huawei in china and even apple in USA are raking up 5-10 millions in a month.

6. raky_b

Posts: 409; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

It's not a bad number, considering it is $1500 device. Actually, it is bad for us...if that sales continue like that, Samsung (and others) will be coming with more and more expensive devices, as this shows that 1500$ is actually affordable to mases.

7. cmdacos

Posts: 4248; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Lmao, you're comparing the population to US and China? You're a special kind aren't you...

8. hardiksaini

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 10, 2019

Apple 5-10 millions in a month in USA?...listen kid apple has been cutting production of iPhones due to lower than expected sales from past 3 years

9. raz0rclaw98

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

1 million sales in a 51M++ population is a big deal, comparing with 5 million sales in 1B++ population in China

28. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Numbers clearly aren't your forte. The USA population is 6.4 times larger than South Korea's and Apple brings out at least 3 different models, vs 2 for the Note (and Note sales are affected by the existence of the S10 phones too obviously). Which easily explains that "5 to 10 million" during a slightly longer period (25 days vs a month). Let's not even talk China...

30. oldskool50 unregistered

You do realize that in Asian countries, most people have a monthly income that is below $500. So buying a $1500 phone would require significant sacrifices. Peopel who live in the US, tend to take for granted, that they ahve higher incomes. Also you have to consider the fact, outside the US, because phones are unlocked; you have to pay for the phone upfront. Not on monthly payment plans. So the fact is, it is a good number when you consider flagship models in most Asian countries, rarely reach or exceed 1M sales in a full year. But you wouldn't understand this, because you don't live in an Asian country. but I do for 6 months of the year. When peopel here where I live see you with a brand new iPhone or Galaxy S/Note, they all think you are rich according to them. And South Korea is fairly developed vs many Asian countries, but that depends on where you are. Samsung City is the most developed area. The rest of the country looks like parts of China. The highest paying jobs in SK, pay less than $1000 per month. Unless you are a lawyer, or some finance or IT guru, you don't make a lot of money.

61. Farcaster

Posts: 162; Member since: Apr 16, 2018

Samsung Town is far from the most developed in South Korea. Sure, it's the electronics hub, but compared to Gangnam and other parts of Seoul, it's a farcry in terms of culture and wealth. Moreover, SK is arguably the second most developed country in Asia, after Japan; in fact, median per capita and median household income in SK exceeds that of Japan. I don't where you got your information that the highest paying jobs pay less than $1000.

10. hateftotti

Posts: 231; Member since: May 03, 2011

That was expected, the best smartphone out there ...

12. peschiera

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 17, 2017

Plus, the best looking Samsung Phone ever, and one of the best looking flagships around. And it looks completely different from last year's model.

18. TadTrickle

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 08, 2019

Imo screen cutout displays will never take a best looking praise

24. JohnR

Posts: 157; Member since: Sep 08, 2017

According to who?

25. peschiera

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 17, 2017

Do you need a source for finding a woman beautiful?

48. JohnR

Posts: 157; Member since: Sep 08, 2017

Women are not phones... Lmao

23. hateftotti

Posts: 231; Member since: May 03, 2011

Totally agreed

13. NZred

Posts: 47; Member since: Aug 19, 2019

That'll seriously upset Victor.

32. peschiera

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 17, 2017

Victor, who told in his Note 10 review that Note 10 would more or less look like Note 10. I hope he won't commit suicide because of this report.

14. gadgetpower

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

I bet many will be pissed off if phonearena will post every 1 million sales of new iphone 11 in any countries. iPhone flaship sales in 1 month in 1 country is about 10 million.

29. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Apples and oranges, zero relevancy.

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