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Samsung ships 1 million Galaxy Notes, confirms US in 2012

updated 04:50 am EST, Thu December 29, 2011

Samsung Galaxy Note reaches 1 million milestone

Samsung has announced that it has shipped 1 million units of its 5.3-inch Galaxy Note. The Korean company recently revised upwards its 2011 smartphone sales estimates and at the time said that it was aiming to sell at least 2 million of the phone/tablet hybrid. While the 1 million milestone shipped is significant, the company has not revealed actual sell-through figures.

Samsung claims that there is strong demand for the Galaxy Note in France, Germany, Hong Kong and Taiwan. It also has plans to ship the device to the US in 2012. In its post, the company also says that the Note is leading the creation of a new market, although Dell may disagree with that assessment. Its Streak 5 cross-over device launched around 12 months ago, however, that device did not achieve widespread appeal and was recently axed.

In addition to its 1280x800 Super AMOLED display, the Galaxy Note also features a Wacom developed stylus and custom apps allowing users to either make handwritten notes, or add comments and captions to images. The Note runs a dual-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz, but is shipping with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) instead of the latest, and more optimized Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS.However, Samsung recently promised an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich before the end of Q1 2012.

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  1. Arne_Saknussemm

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    Joined: Apr 2011



    The PEN IS BACK!

    Comparing the Note to the Streak is unfair as the Note is quite a bit newer and the table market is at such infancy that every day of research and development counts.

    Another sure bet is that we will be seeing several more stylus equipped phones & tablets; I suppose possibly a Galaxy II with an S-Pen is in the works.

    Most of these will fail unless an inductive digitizer layer is incorporated with the capacitive digitizer, or not well integrated; I'm thinking of the HTC Flyer here.

    It's not the case that the pen is mightier than the finger or vice versa, just that humans have been using tyli for eons for entering text and graphics and that is not about to change any time soon no matter what smart marketing rimes you have heard.

    If the keyboard was so much more advanced, it might as well drop the QWERTY format inherited from mechanical typewriters, in favor of the Dvorak layout or something else altogether.

    And please do not get me started on finger-painting...

    Hmmm... Why not bring IR back also. Most old Palm devices, using the PDA as a smart remote was very cool indeed!

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